Geoffrey Daniels

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Geoffrey Daniels is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD, which launched in March 2010. In this role, Daniels annually commissions more than 170 hours of original series, specials and events for broadcast on WILD globally, furthering the network’s commitment to provide extraordinary wildlife programming that inspires people to care about the planet.  Under Daniels’ leadership, WILD’s ratings have increased for three straight years, making it one of the fastest growing channels in all of cable, driven by the success of Big Cat Week and series such as Fish Tank Kings, America the WILD with Casey Anderson and The Incredible Dr. Pol.

In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Development and Production for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), Daniels commissioned more than 250 hours of original programming per year for broadcast in 166 countries, 315 million homes and 34 languages worldwide.  He produced nearly 400 hours of factual programming across the network’s core nature, science, adventure and world culture genres, directing breakout series such as Seconds from Disaster, Mega Structures and Air Crash Investigation.  In addition, Daniels managed NGCI’s editorial relationship with strategic co-production and output partners in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  

Prior to joining NGCI in 2001, Daniels was Director of Development for National Geographic Television & Film, where, as part of the Program Enterprise Group, he developed and produced specials and series in support of the National Geographic Channel’s rollout worldwide and domestic U.S. launch.   

Daniels began his career in new product development at Time-Life Video & Television (TLV), where he played a key role in building TLV into one of the world’s leading home video distributors through the acquisition and marketing of Sir David Attenborough’s Trials of Life, Ken Burns’ The Civil War and in co-production with the BBC on the award-winning children’s series Growing Up Wild. In 1996, Daniels directed Reader’s Digest’s entry into the global television market, heading up international co-productions and program catalog sales.

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