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NGCI’s Ward Platt

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). As CEO of the unit, Platt is charting NGCI’s continued expansion through ...

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Bunim/Murray Productions’ Jon Murray

With a long list of credits that includes The Real World, Project Runway, The Simple Life and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jon Murray is often referred to as “the father of reality TV.” As chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions, a Banijay Group company, he is hard at work creating the ...

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Ellen Windemuth

It has been two decades since the distribution and production company Off the Fence was first established. The outfit, which specializes in nonfiction fare, is headquartered in Amsterdam, with additional offices around the world, including in the U.S., the U.K., South Africa, Germany and Singapore. Its catalogue boasts more than ...

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Nick Thorogood

Since launching in the U.K. in 2009, Food Network has steadily emerged as one of the country’s leading lifestyle networks. Built largely on content from its sister network in the U.S., the channel has, over the last few years, been increasing its slate of original U.K. commissions. Leading that strategy ...

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FYI Starts Strong

Jana Bennett, the president of FYI and LMN, discusses the rebranding of BIO as FYI. A+E Networks’ BIO channel has been relaunched with a new name and fresh programming mantra. The move has already proven to be a positive one, as the network posted immediate growth. FYI debuted on July ...

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JB Perrette

As the president of Discovery Networks International (DNI), Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette has taken on oversight of a diverse mix of 46 brands, pay and free, outside of the U.S., heading up a team of regional leaders in Western Europe; Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa; the Nordics; Latin ...

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Raja Khanna

With content that spans from music to travel and style to natural history, Blue Ant Media is focused on serving fans in niche genres they’re passionate about. It also looks to reach audiences wherever they may be, with business lines in TV, digital, magazines and live events. A few months ...

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Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon, ORF’s head of natural history and science, tells TV Real about how Austria’s public broadcaster is looking for new and innovative ways to bring a fresh perspective of nature, science, history and more to viewers. TV REAL: Tell us about some of the 4K Ultra HD docs you ...

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David Royle

David Royle, the executive VP of programming and production at Smithsonian Networks, tells TV Real about delivering programming that is both entertaining and informative. TV REAL: What are you currently looking for in the marketplace? ROYLE: For our channel, we want to be thoroughly entertaining and we also want to ...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

First broadcast by PBS in 1980, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a watershed moment in science documentary filmmaking, using special effects, a “Spaceship of the Imagination” and relatable concepts to explain the history of the universe. This spring, in a partnership between FOX and National Geographic Channel, Cosmos: ...

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