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Mansha Daswani

Mansha Daswani is the editor and associate publisher of World Screen. She can be reached on

National Geographic Channels’s Courteney Monroe

The output from National Geographic Channel (NGC) in the U.S. has undergone a significant transformation in the last year. While long-running character-driven reality series continue to have a home on the network, the channel has switched its focus to brand-defining productions like the revived Explorer and upcoming event series Breakthrough. ...

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Bear Grylls

From roughing it solo to teaching ordinary Joes how to survive in the wild to accompanying celebrities on epic outdoor adventures, Bear Grylls has become the most recognizable face of a breed of factual television that audiences around the world can’t seem to get enough of. Survival and adventure shows ...

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BBC NHU’s Wendy Darke

For almost 60 years, the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) has been making content that celebrates the wonders of the planet, and audiences have been tuning in in droves across the globe. Signature blue-chip events like Planet Earth and Life Story have shored up slots on broadcasters everywhere. And while ...

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Jason Silva

Since premiering in 2013, Brain Games has quickly become one of National Geographic Channel’s biggest and most buzzed-about hits. Hosted by Jason Silva, the show uses games, hidden-camera setups and insight from neuroscientists to explore how the brain works. Airing on National Geographic Channel in 170-plus markets in some 45 ...

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National Geographic’s Ward Platt

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of TV Real. After more than a decade of building up the FOX International Channels (FIC) brands across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Ward Platt was tapped last year to take the reins at National Geographic Channels International (NGCI). ...

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Anthony Bourdain

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of TV Real. When CNN announced that Anthony Bourdain would be joining the network to helm a new travel and food weekend show, there were many questions about how the snarky chef/author/TV personality would fit alongside breaking news and political talking ...

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