WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic Global Media (NGGM) President Tim Kelly today announced the creation of National Geographic Entertainment, a new unit that combines into a single operating group National Geographic’s Cinema Ventures, Feature Films, Kids Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Music & Radio divisions. David Beal has been named president, National Geographic Entertainment. Kelly was named president of NGGM last week as the Society restructured management of its consumer content activities. Kelly now oversees books and magazine publishing, as well as National Geographic Ventures, the Society’s wholly owned, taxable subsidiary.
A seasoned executive with a diverse background in music, film production and audiovisual entertainment, Beal brings a wealth of experience to this new assignment. Formerly president of National Geographic Music & Radio, Beal was instrumental in the success of the recently launched Nat Geo Music cable channel in Europe, the new global radio service, the creation of the Society’s music Web site and National Geographic Cinema Ventures’ upcoming distribution of the groundbreaking “U2 3D” feature film in January 2008, announced earlier this week.
In addition, Beal has brought in high-level musical talent to other projects in the Society, including Peter Gabriel, who served as executive music producer and performer on the giant-screen film “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”; Aimee Mann and Grant Lee Phillips, who wrote and performed on the feature film “Arctic Tale.” He was also involved in the Kokua Festival, a television special featuring Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson and Damian Marley, which aired worldwide on the National Geographic Channel on Earth Day 2007.
Prior to being named president of National Geographic Music & Radio earlier this year, Beal was president of Palm Pictures and oversaw the creative divisions of Palm, which included film, DVD and interactive technologies, working with Chairman Chris Blackwell to implement a multiplatform strategy. Beal also has served as CEO of a Web technology business, scored films and worked as a musician for such artists as Madonna, Julian Lennon, Peter Gabriel and Joe Cocker.
“David’s knowledge, connections and skill have already been of enormous benefit to National Geographic,” Kelly said. “Our entertainment assets — from the Academy Award-winning ‘March of the Penguins’ to our new ‘Mama Mirabelle’ series on PBS and BBC — have great potential, and David is the perfect talent to manage these rapidly growing entertainment operations. His energy, creativity and entrepreneurial vision will be enormously important as we seek new ways to harness our skills to inspire people to care about the planet.”
“In recent years I’ve watched the entertainment landscape change and distribution barriers fall away,” said Beal. “This new structure allows us to put our entertainment assets together and leverage all of our resources with the full power and global reach of the brand behind us. National Geographic Entertainment now has the ability to make a larger impact in the entertainment media landscape. I’m excited about the potential and what we can achieve here.”
About National Geographic Ventures
National Geographic Ventures (NGV) is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV, part of National Geographic Global Media, includes National Geographic Television Production and Distribution, National Geographic Television International, National Geographic Entertainment — which includes National Geographic’s Cinema Ventures, Feature Films, Kids Entertainment, Music & Radio and Home Entertainment units — National Geographic Digital Media, including Digital Motion (formerly the Film Library) and nationalgeographic.com, and National Geographic Maps. NGV also oversees National Geographic’s interests in the National Geographic Channels. NGV creates and distributes content across multiple platforms and in multiple media formats.
About National Geographic Global Media
National Geographic Global Media combines the consumer content units of National Geographic into one group, including those of the National Geographic Society (NGS), comprising National Geographic Book Publishing and the National Geographic Magazine Group, and those of National Geographic Ventures, a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of NGS that includes National Geographic’s Television Production and Distribution, Maps, Digital Media and Entertainment divisions. These consumer media units utilize multiple platforms and multiple media formats to advance National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet.