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David Royle
Executive Vice-President, Programming and Production

David Royle is Smithsonian Networks’ EVP, Programming and Production. In that role, Royle oversees the commissioning, acquiring and co-producing of series, specials and features for the Networks. Royle joined Smithsonian Networks to bring a distinctive and creative point-of-view to the Networks’ editorial direction.

Since its launch in September 2007, Smithsonian Channel HD has expanded rapidly and is now available by satellite, cable and telecom service throughout America. It has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for its original programming and in 2008 became the youngest channel ever to win an Emmy ® Award.

Royle was previously EVP of Production for National Geographic Television & Film where he launched and oversaw numerous productions including “Search for the Afghan Girl”, “SuperCroc”, and the highly-rated “Taboo” series. He was Executive Producer of the award-winning television series, National Geographic EXPLORER. Under his leadership EXPLORER won more News and Documentary Emmy Awards than any other show on TV.

As an independent filmmaker in New York, he produced, wrote and directed programming for a wide range of broadcasters. His credits include: Hedrick Smith’s groundbreaking examination of the fall of the Soviet Union, “Inside Gorbachev’s USSR”, PBS’s “Senator Sam” about the Watergate Senator Sam Ervin, “Assignment Africa” about the need to improve media coverage of Africa, and the 52-part A&E series about the Cold War “The Eagle & The Bear.”  He was one of the producers of the primetime Emmy Award-winning NBC comedy series, “Michael Moore’s TV Nation” and directed for TLC’s real life “ER” series, “Trauma.”

David Royle’s numerous awards include seven Emmy ® Awards, the George Polk Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and du Pont-Columbia Silver and Gold Batons.  He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and earned his MA at the University of Minnesota where he was a Rotary Foundation International Journalism Scholar.