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Bill Margol

National Geographic Society


A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Bill Margol has worked, for the last twenty-five years, in many positions in the media industry, covering the ground of writer, producer, editor, developer and executive. From 1989 until 1992, Bill worked as a writer/producer/editor in the Advertising industry at several major ad agencies. Following that, Bill worked as a writer/producer at the Sci-Fi Channel in New York, and 1995, he became Executive Producer and Manager of Special Projects at the Sci-Fi Channel, overseeing all specials, documentaries, stunts and events. In 1998, Bill left New York to join TNT in Atlanta, as Director of Program Production, where he oversaw a staff of writers and producers, creating TNT non-fiction specials and short form programming.

In 2003, Bill joined Travel Channel as Vice President of Production, in charge of all aspects of production on all Travel Channel programming, where he was responsible for the launch of such groundbreaking series as “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Not Your Average Travel Guide.” In 2007 Bill left Travel Channel to take on a new role as Vice President of Development & Production for Discovery Studios, charged with developing programming to be produced internally by Discovery Studios for all of the Discovery networks.

In 2008, Bill joined National Geographic Television as Director of Development. In 2010 he became VP of Development overseeing series, including the creation of the ground-breaking Emmy Nominated series "Brain Games" and in 2011, expanded his role as Vice President of Development, heading up all development for NGT.

Bill left NGT in late 2012, founding Banzai Productions, an independent creative and media consulting company and worked with clients such as NHNZ, DME and PBS developing multiple media & television projects.

In 2014 Bill joined PBS as Sr. Director of Programming & Development.