CEO, National Geographic Global Networks

Courteney Monroe

Courteney Monroe oversees all aspects of entertainment and business operations for National
Geographic Global Networks, which includes National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat
Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO.

Monroe is harnessing the power of the National Geographic brand, along with the clout of its
global reach to position Nat Geo as the world’s premium science, adventure and exploration
network. She is taking epic, audacious programming swings that are more closely aligned with
National Geographic Society’s mission and editorial, and is developed and produced in
collaboration with A-level creative talent.

In April 2017, Monroe launched the network’s first-ever scripted anthology series, Genius, from
executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and was nominated for 10 Emmys; and
propelled by the tremendous success of the first season, this Spring, the network premiered
season two Genius: Picasso, starring Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso. Furthering the
creative, ambitious programming vision, Monroe presented One Strange Rock from critically
acclaimed producer, Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia’s Jane Root. Production is underway for
Valley of the Boom, starring Emmy Award-winner Bradley Whitford and executive produced by
Arianna Huffington, which explores the ‘90s tech bubble. Other tent pole series include this fall’s
genre-busting MARS, from Grazer and Howard, the highly successful The Story of God with
Morgan Freeman, Chain of Command and the critically acclaimed legacy series, Explorer.

In January 2017, Monroe unveiled a new banner titled National Geographic Documentary
Fila\ms. On the heels of the success of JANE, the BAFTA-nominated film, which was named
best documentary of 2017 by 18 national critics group, the Producers Guild of America,
American Cinema Editors, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the National Board of
Review, National Geographic Documentary Films recently announced the acquisition of the
festival favorite Science Fair, which follows nine teenagers on a quest to win the most
competitive science fair in the world. Monroe is also gearing up for the Into the Okavango,
which chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on an epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition
across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our
planet’s last wetland wildernesses; and Free Solo, which follows the first-ever free solo climb of
El Capitan’s most significant and challenging route, ascending the sheer 3,000 foot-vertical rock
face in Yosemite National Park.