Washington, DC – April 14, 2014 – David Lyle, CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S., today announced that Howard T. Owens will step down as President of National Geographic Channels U.S. (NGC) in June.
Under Owens’ creative leadership, NGC launched the franchise series Wicked Tuna, Brain Games, Ultimate Survival Alaska, Life Below Zero, The Legend of Mick Dodge and Inside Combat Rescue. Owens brought event programming like SEAL Team Six and The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us to NGC, and during his tenure he also introduced original scripted programming to the channels for the first time, including the highly rated Killing Lincoln, the DGA-nominated Killing Kennedy and the upcoming Killing Jesus. At Nat Geo WILD, where Owens also served as President, he oversaw that channel’s rapid growth, spurred largely by the power of its hit series The Incredible Dr. Pol and the recent launch of Cesar 911.
Prior to joining National Geographic Channels in late 2011, Owens was a co-founder and longtime executive at Reveille, one of the world’s leading television production studios. Previously, he served as an agent at the William Morris Agency.
“Howard injected remarkable energy into the National Geographic Channels brand,” said Lyle. “He has been an invaluable member of our leadership team and we wish him nothing but the best in his future business endeavors.”
“We have truly benefited from Howard’s zeal for bringing audiences innovative programming that underscores the uniqueness and depth of the National Geographic Channels brand,” said Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. “From a creative and programming perspective, Howard’s work consistently broke new ground, and National Geographic Channels are uniquely positioned for the future as a result of his efforts.”
“As I get ready for my next adventure I can’t help but reflect on what has been an incredible experience for me, both personally and professionally,” added Owens. “National Geographic Channels have some of the brightest minds in the television business, and I’m proud of the work we have accomplished together – specifically in defining the National Geographic Channels as a destination for innovative, original and brand-defining creativity. I am deeply grateful to Peter, David and the entire National Geographic family for their collaboration and support, and look forward to working with them in new ways in the future.”
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