David Lyle, President, PactUS

As President of PactUS, the organization representing independent U.S. content and TV producers, David Lyle brings 30 years of international experience in television production with a unique expertise in unscripted entertainment and time spent as both a program buyer and seller.

Before joining PactUS for its 2015 launch, Lyle served as CEO of National Geographic Channels, the cable and satellite programming venture of Fox Cable Networks and the National Geographic Society. In his three years running National Geographic Channel and its sister networks, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo, Lyle dramatically expanded the variety of programming offered, from drama docs and “occu-soaps” to telepic events and studio-based series.

Lyle’s series-driven strategy, led by hit shows like “Wicked Tuna” and “Life Below Zero,” as well as high-profile specials such as “Killing Kennedy,” yielded a sharp rise in ratings and revenues. Under Lyle’s leadership, National Geographic Channel’s net operating profit grew from $72 million in fiscal year 2011 to $133 million in fiscal year 2014, while its net advertising revenues improved from $100 million to $148 million over the same period.

Prior to National Geographic, Lyle was president of which he launched for Fox Cable Networks in 2005, was profitable within its first 18 months and grew to 35 million subscribers within two years.