WASHINGTON (June 28, 2010)—Edward M. (Ted) Prince Jr. has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer for National Geographic Global Media (NGGM), broadening his responsibilities across all media platforms. He will also be responsible for the digital growth of National Geographic’s media entities, from magazines and movies to television and digital media. The announcement was made today by Tim Kelly, president of NGGM, to whom Prince reports.
“Ted has been a key player in the successful growth of NGGM as we continue to evolve the National Geographic mission — to inspire people to care about the planet — with the ever-changing media landscape,” said Kelly. “His proven expertise will help National Geographic deliver on our primary business goals of refining and driving production, advertising, marketing and distribution platform strategies in the changing media marketplace, as well as continuing to support our television channels globally.”
As COO, Prince gains oversight responsibilities for documentary production (National Geographic Television) and will continue to manage the National Geographic Channels for NGGM. He also continues to oversee distribution (National Geographic Ventures International and Home Entertainment), as well as NGGM’s Web, digital and interactive product areas, including National Geographic Maps, Mobile, Games and Interactive Publishing. Prince will support and facilitate the digital expansion strategies of National Geographic’s publishing operations, while pursuing appropriate investments and growth opportunities in gaming and other emerging-media platforms.
Prince joined National Geographic in 2003 as vice president of business development of National Geographic Ventures, overseeing the negotiation and structuring of business partnerships and relationships with third parties. Previously he was senior vice president, strategy and business development, at America Online, where he led a team responsible for developing strategic plans and negotiating partnerships for the AOL Broadband division. He oversaw all deals with cable, satellite, telephony and media companies. He also held other positions at AOL, managing alliances, business initiatives, acquisitions and investments in media, telecommunications and technology companies for AOL Anywhere (mobile services, voice portal, unified messaging and Internet telephony), AOL TV, AOL Technology and AOL Web Properties.
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), which comprises 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.