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Advisory Board Members
President, Original Programming & Production
National Geographic Channels
Tim Pastore is president, original programming & production for all National Geographic Channel unscripted programming globally. Pastore oversees all development, production and operations teams in New York, Washington, D.C and London. Additionally, Pastore oversees National Geographic Studios (NG Studios), the in-house television production unit that currently produces the network’s Emmy-nominated series Brain Games and Emmy-winning series Explorer. Pastore is based in NGC’s New York office in SoHo.
Coming up on his one and a half year anniversary at the helm of the programming team, Pastore continues to build on the legacy of National Geographic Society and find innovative ways to actualize the power of the brand. He’s been able to reinvigorate past successes, such as the reboot of critically acclaimedExplorer,the longest-running documentary series in cable television history, as well as develop and launch brand-defining series and specials such as Brain Surgery Live.
This past fall, Pastore and his team launched the critically acclaimed series Breakthrough, with executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, which led to the network’s upcoming mini-series event Red Planet, an epic six part genre-busting series following the thrilling quest to colonize Mars and the story of those who became a multi-planetary species. And this spring, the network is premiering the highly anticipated documentary series,The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.
Pastore states, “In a world where there is more noise and content than ever before, disrupting the marketplace and our sense of brand is of the utmost of importance. But what does it really mean to be disruptive? You sometimes need to disrupt yourself, your team and, most importantly, your brand. Let go of the fear of being trapped by your own expectations.”
Recently, Pastore was named to the CableFax 100 list, and this past April he delivered the keynote to open MIPdoc 2015. In addition, the month of March was the network’s most-watched March in the history of the network, propelled by feature film Killing Jesus, which was the most-watched show ever.
Prior to joining NGC, Pastore served as the executive vice president of production & development for National Geographic Studios — the production entity of National Geographic Society. At NG Studios, Pastore overhauled all of the internal systems and protocols at the production company while overseeing the company’s client relationships and business strategy and serving as executive producer of the creative vision. He was responsible for the development and execution of the studio’s production slate, which included programming for NGC, Nat Geo WILD and PBS. In addition, while at NG Studios, Pastore had oversight of the Emmy-nominated NGC hit series Brain Games and developed and executive produced the series Live Free or Die.
Before joining NG Studios, Pastore was vice president of factual programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions, where among other things he created and executive produced NGC’s current hit series Life Below Zero.
Pastore previously served as vice president of development and production for 3net, a joint venture from Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corporation. Before 3net, Pastore was the director of production and development at Discovery Channel, where he was instrumental as the executive producer of Gold Rush, Dual Survival and Flying Wild Alaska. In 2010, he received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Reality Program for his work on Dirty Jobs. In 2007, he received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Nonfiction Series for his work on Discovery Channel’s hit series Deadliest Catch.
Pastore holds a B.A. in both English and film studies, as well as an M.A. in English, from the University of Rochester.
Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc