David Royle leads the editorial team that launched the Smithsonian Channel, overseeing commissioning, acquiring, producing and scheduling. Smithsonian Channel is now available by satellite, cable and telecom service, as well as on multiple digital and mobile platforms. It launched in Canada in 2013 and in Singapore in 2016. One of the first HD channels, it has won critical acclaim for its programming and is the youngest channel to win an Emmy. In November 2015, Smithsonian Networks launched a 4K subscription streaming service, Smithsonian Earth.
Smithsonian Channel has produced the most ambitious aerial series in US television history, Aerial America; revealed the story of the discovery of the remains of the world’s largest snake, Titanoboa: Monster Snake; and won the prestigious Peabody Award for MLK: The Assassination Tapes. In 2016, Smithsonian Channel was one of six broadcasters to receive a Television Academy Honors, for its production of Mississippi Inferno.
Royle was previously EVP of Production for National Geographic Television & Film and Executive Producer of National Geographic EXPLORER, which under his leadership won more News & Documentary Emmys than any show on TV. As a filmmaker, his credits include: PBS’s Inside Gorbachev’s USSR, ABC’s American Detective in Russia and A&E’s The Eagle & The Bear. He was one of the producers of the NBC non-fiction comedy series,TV Nation and directed the first episodes of TLC’s Trauma that pioneered the use of small format cameras on American television.
David Royle has won all America’s major broadcasting awards including: nine Emmys and duPont-Columbia Silver and Gold Batons.