MWF 30: Janet Han Vissering - SVP, Development & Production of Nat Geo Wild

Janet discusses her, not so straight forward, journey into the wildlife filmmaking industry and offers some great insight into Nat Geo Wild's program selection process.


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As senior vice president of development and production for Nat Geo WILD, Janet Han Vissering is responsible for over 200 hours of programming commissioned each year for broadcast in 166 countries, 330 million homes and 34 languages worldwide.

In her role, Janet oversees the premium natural history and animal-focused slates for all of National Geographic’s global networks and SVOD platforms, which includes National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Disney+.

She closely manages WILD’s development team, working with the world’s leading independent producers, distributors, creative agencies and strategic broadcast partners to create the network’s signature series, specials and events. She also provides daily oversight of production to ensure creative continuity and that all network programming objectives are being met — from project conception through delivery.

Previously, she was senior vice president of strategic development and co-finance for seven years. As part of her development role, Janet has been responsible for creating key programs such as Savage Kingdom, The Incredible Dr. Pol, Cesar 911, Animal Fight Night, Wild Brazil and Destination Wild among other highly rated shows.


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