Contact: Alan EyresRegion: United States

Title: SVP, Programming and Development, National Geographic Channels
Genre: Non-fiction
Region: United States

About Channel

National Geographic Channel (also commercially abbreviated and trademarked as Nat Geo) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the National Geographic Society and the Fox Cable Networks division of 21st Century Fox.


As of August 2013, National Geographic Channel is available to approximately 84,446,000 pay television households (73.95% of households with television) in the United States


NGC’s top brass say that their new programming is firmly ensconced in the network’s three pillars of programming: “smartertainment,” action/adventure, and big events and specials.

The most successful shows carry the core DNA of the National Geographic brand, while feeling contemporary and effortlessly watchable. They are Smart, Authentic and Daring. Our brand lies at the intersection between Authenticity and Entertainment. We’re about marrying the most dynamic, contemporary story telling with a smart, inquiring view on the world. Our key attributes are characters not caricatures -- with a strong point of view, a channel-surfing vivid visual distinctiveness and going deep into a topic, not wide.  Our audience punishes us for being derivative, and rewards us for being distinctive.








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Alan Eyres is senior vice president of programming and development for Natgeo, where he has been responsible for developing and overseeing production of some of the highest rated series in the history of the network including Wicked Tuna, Brain Games, Life Below Zero, Ultimate Survival Alaska, Mick Dodge in addition to event series such as The 80s.


Since November, he has acted as head of development for the entire network, overseeing more than 400 hours of development a year. In addition, he has been responsible for building out the West Coast and New York offices, putting the network at the heart of two of the most vibrant production centres in the world.


Eyres comes from Discovery Channel, where he most recently served as acting VP with responsibilities across development and production, working on series in including the multiple award-winning “Human Planet,” some of the top-rated Shark Week episodes, and served as series editor on the prestige series “Curiosity” and high-end specials hosted by major celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Williams, Will.i.Am and Maggie Gyllenghaal.


Prior to coming to Discovery in 2007, Eyres worked for 10 years in production in the U.K., producing nonfiction television for both the U.S. and U.K. markets, including the Emmy and BAFTA-nominated “Krakatoa: The Last Days” for the BBC.