National Geographic Channel (NGC) has brought in a former Shine America drama executive as the factual outfit ramps up its scripted strategy.
Carolyn Bernstein has been appointed exec VP and head of global scripted development and production at NGC, reporting to NGC Networks CEO Courteney Monroe.
Bernstein had been at Shine since 2007 and looked after scripted for the firm prior to its merger with Endemol last year.
Since then she has been exec VP of scripted alongside Endemol Studio exec Jeremy Gold, who will now oversee its drama on his own.
Bernstein’s credits include The Bridge for FX and HBO’s Utopia. The appointment is part of NGC’s plans to expand its scripted offerings.
Its slate includes Saints & Strangers and the Killing franchise, which will shortly add Killing Patton, while In Harm’s Way and Last Men Out are on its development slate.
Monroe said Bernstein’s “vast experience, exceptional creative taste and strong industry relationships will enable us to reach unprecedented new heights with our scripted endeavours in ways that support our brand and new programming vision.”