MUMBAI: Brooke Runnette has been named National Geographic Television (NGT) president, succeeding Maryanne Culpepper.
Runnette will report to National Geographic Society chairman, CEO John Fahey.
Runnette recently joined the National Geographic Channels from archrival Discovery, where she was executive producer and director of development for specials, including Shark Week. She will transition over the next month from her current position as vice president, development and special projects, at the Channels into the role at NGT.
Fahey said, "Our top priority at National Geographic Television is finding and producing the best content and original programming to support the international growth and influence of our cable channels around the world. Brooke joined the National Geographic Channels just as we were searching for the right executive to lead our television production group, and we quickly realized that she was the perfect fit for that key role - with the passion, drive, experience and industry knowledge that can continue and build the National Geographic Television franchise. Brooke‘s track record speaks for itself, and we are excited to have her on our team."
NGC CEO David Lyle said, "We were thrilled to have Brooke join National Geographic Channels, and this next step will further our important partnership with National Geographic Television. The role of NGT in expanding upon our recent success will be critical, and Brooke is exactly the partner we will need to make this happen."
One of Runnette‘s first assignments at the National Geographic Channels was related to the network‘s 2013 series ‘The 80‘s: The Decade That Made Us‘, from Jane Root‘s Nutopia, and she will continue to executive produce this important series as she transitions to NGT.
Runnette will oversee series, special events and live programming that bring the stories of National Geographic‘s scientists, explorers and unique storytellers to the National Geographic Channels. Her vast experience and reputation with the best nonfiction producers and production companies worldwide will enable her to deliver creative, groundbreaking content.
While at Discovery, Runnette put greater emphasis on natural history as part of Shark Week and increased ‘Shark Week‘ ratings. Under her direction, the 2010 ‘Shark Week‘ was the highest rated in the 23-year history of the annual event. She also led efforts within Discovery to work more closely with scientists and conservation organisations such as Oceana and the Pew Charitable Trust‘s Global Shark Conservation group.