Contact: Janet Han VisseringRegion: World-wide, United States

Title: SVP, Development and Production
Genre: Non-fiction
Region: World-wide, United States

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Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo Wild is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched internationally in 2006, Nat Geo Wild is part of the Fox Network Group’s global suite of channels and available in more than 192 million homes in 134 countries. For more information, please visit

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Nat Geo WILD programming focuses on animals first.  Program ideas must feature animals as central characters through a storyline; focus on humans’ lives that are central to animals; or feature animals in a new scientific or inventive way using cutting edge technology.  Nat Geo WILD does not script shows. All show ideas must be compelling and unique, while taking the viewer into the natural habitat of wildlife.

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As Senior Vice President of Development & Production for Nat Geo WILD, Janet Han Vissering is responsible for over 150 hours of programming commissioned each year for broadcast in 166 countries, 330 million homes and 34 languages worldwide.

In her role, Vissering manages WILD’s development team, working with the world’s leading independent producers, distributors, creative agencies and strategic broadcast partners to create the network’s signature series, specials and events. She also provides daily oversight of production to insure creative continuity and that all network programming objectives are being met from project conception through delivery. Previously she was SVP of Strategic Development and Co-finance for seven years. As part of Development, she has been responsible for developing key programmes such as Engineering Connections, Big Bigger Biggest and Animal Autopsy among other highly rated shows.

Prior to acquiring her current position, Vissering served as Vice President of International Acquisitions at NGCI from August 1998 to March 2000. She joined NGCI from Discovery Networks International, where she was Head of Program Acquisitions and Development from 1995 to 1998. In this post, she was responsible for managing the acquisition and development of over 2,500 program hours annually. She was also in charge of overseeing co-production agreements at Discovery, working closely with independent producers and companies in both the domestic and international markets.

Vissering joined Discovery Communications, Inc. as a Regional Marketing Manager for The Learning Channel, Affiliate Sales and Relations in March 1993. Prior to this, she was a public affairs specialist for the Department of the Navy, based in Sasebo, Japan. 

A graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, with a major in International Relations/Business, Vissering is a native of Korea and speaks Korean fluently.