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National Geographic Television Names New VP Of Operations


Michael Castro to Oversee Production and Post-Production Operations

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2006)--National Geographic Television (NGT) President Michael Rosenfeld today announced that Michael Castro has joined NGT as vice president of operations. Castro is charged with overseeing the production operations and post-production side of NGT, following a major reorganization of the documentary television unit.

“Michael’s background in broadcast and cable will prove highly beneficial to National Geographic,” said Rosenfeld. “His extensive experience and expertise in running production, post production and operations at a number of broadcast networks and cable channels will greatly benefit NGT as we continue to ramp up production.”

Castro joins NGT from his own consulting practice, where projects included relaunching the syndicated tabloid program “A Current Affair” for 20th Television, producing the high-definition television news coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2004 and, most recently, working with Fox News Channel.

Castro’s previous posts include vice president of production for A&E Television Networks and director of post production for USA Networks. Castro started his career at NBC, where he worked on a variety of programs including “Today,” “Dateline NBC,” “Real Life with Jane Pauley,” “Sunday Today” and “NBC News” specials.

National Geographic Television began 40 years ago with the production of the acclaimed “National Geographic Specials.” Today it is the production arm of National Geographic, producing much of the programming for the National Geographic Channels worldwide, including the weekly flagship program “Explorer.” NGT also produces specials and series for PBS and other broadcasters.

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