Carolyn G. Bernstein

Executive Vice President, Head of Global Scripted Development and Production

Carolyn Bernstein is Executive Vice President, Head of Global Scripted Development and Production at National Geographic Channel. In this role, she oversees the network’s effort to push scripted content into premium science, adventure and exploration programming produced in partnership with top creative talent. Bernstein is based in Los Angeles.

In just the past several months, Bernstein has started to build a robust scripted slate for the network, including its first-ever scripted global anthology series, Genius, with each season of the anthology dramatizing the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. Executive produced by FOX 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, Oddlot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow, Academy Award winner Ron Howard is set to direct the first episode, which will focus on scientist Albert Einstein and will be based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” 

Recent scripted development deals include “Barkskins” from Academy Award-winning Scott Rudin based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, and “The State,” a global co-production with Channel 4, with Bafta award-winning Peter Kominsky set to write and direct. Additionally, Bernstein has led production on Killing Reagan, the next installment of Bill O’Reilly’s highly rated “Killing” franchise, starring Tim Matheson as President Ronald Reagan and Emmy award-winning Cynthia Nixon as first lady Nancy Reagan, premiering this fall.

Bernstein joined National Geographic Channel in January 2016 from Endemol Shine Studios, where she had been Executive Vice President since March 2015. Her impressive pedigree includes the Peabody Award-winning series “The Bridge” (FX) and “Gracepoint” (FOX). Bernstein also developed the upcoming thriller “Utopia” (HBO).

Before joining Shine America, Bernstein was the Executive Vice President of Drama Development from 2001 to 2006 and Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming from 1999 to 2001 at The WB Television Network. While at The WB, she developed successful and long-running dramatic series including “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Supernatural.” She was also responsible for The WB’s first nonfiction hit series, “Popstars.” Bernstein worked as Vice President of Drama Development at Columbia TriStar Television from 1995 to 1999, where she developed the hit drama “Dawson’s Creek.”

Previously, Bernstein served as Director of Drama Development and Production for FX from 1993 to 1995, and as Manager of Development at Fox Broadcasting from 1992 to 1993.

She began her career at CAA working in the motion picture literary department.

Bernstein is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Nicholas Grad, and two children, Georgia and Lucas. 

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