Nat Geo hires HBO exec amid changes

MARSMars network National Geographic Partners (NGP) has named HBO’s Chris Spencer as executive vice president of creative as they continue to “reinvigorate” its global brand.

In the newly created role, Spencer will report to National Geographic Global Network’s CEO, Courteney Monroe. He will oversee the premium marketing creative strategy and execution for the NGP portfolio.

Spencer joins NGP after a creative career that includes decades at HBO, where he was head of marketing creative and executive produced campaigns for shows such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. In addition, Spencer has co-directed numerous 30-minute documentaries and a feature film.

Jill Cress (pictured), chief marketing officer at NGO, said: “National Geographic is on an exciting journey to reinvigorate this beloved global brand.

“Chris’s vast experience in marketing in the premium content space — particularly in the scripted or dramatic series space — will elevate the creative vision and expression across NGP.”

National Geographic Partners was formed in 2016 after 21st Century Fox took majority control of its joint venture with Nat Geo.

Since becoming a Fox umbrella company, NGP has arranged a range of exec reshuffles and taken part in rebranding exercises.