The National Geographic Channel launched in 2002 with a mission to tell the “big stories of the world’s most famous monuments.”
But its first decade was plagued by financial struggles and the rise of alternative media.
The channel’s founder, Don Imus, eventually sold the company in 2015 to Discovery Communications.
Imus was succeeded by Scott Fenton, a television veteran who founded Discovery Communications and had previously worked at the Discovery Channel and the Discovery Network.
Fenton left the company to launch the Discovery Academy, which has grown into a cable channel that has produced several successful documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated documentary series “Blackfish.”
Fenton is best known for his work on the Discovery franchise, which includes shows like “The OA” and “Bones.”
He and Imus co-created the Discovery Learning Channel, which debuted in 2016.
The network has also released a number of other original programming, including “The Next Generation” and the “Survivor” series.
Imas new film “Blackwater,” which debuted on Discovery in 2018, focuses on the struggles faced by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who died during a 2009 mission to rescue hostages in the Afghan city of Kunduz.
It has been praised for its realism, its ability to explore the dark side of warfare, and its portrayal of the human condition through Kyle’s life.
The channel has a lot of fans, including former “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Kathy Griffin.
Imos new film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and will be released in theaters on Nov. 17.
The film, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray later this year, is based on the popular video game series, and features a new character, Newt Scamander, who is based in the film.
It is the third film in the “Fancy Bears” series that Imus has produced.