Kathryn Pasternak

Before her departure from National Geographic, Pasternak was Senior Producer of NGT’s Natural History Unit, the only production unit of its kind in North America. Headed by Keenan Smart, the Natural History Unit was created in 1991 to produce wildlife films of the highest caliber for broad international distribution. In August of 1997, Kathryn joined the unit as Supervising Producer and was promoted to Senior Producer in 2004. She supervised wildlife documentaries made in-house and abroad from development through post-production for all of National Geographic’s television venues, including programming for the National Geographic Channels, PBS and NBC. Additionally, she managed the unit’s production and administrative staff and over $10 million in production per year.

Pasternak has won two national Emmy Awards one in 2004 for supervision of the film WOLF PACK and another in 2006 for supervision of PREDATORS AT WAR. She was also nominated for a National EMMY award in 2006, along with wildlife cinematographer and producer Kim Wolhuter, for their film HYENAS AT WAR/aka HYENA QUEEN. In 2010, she was nominated for another Emmy for Best Science and Nature Film for Executive Producer of SWAMP TROOP. In 2005, Pasternak produced and wrote the high definition, blue chip wildlife film, THUNDERBBEAST together with wildlife cinematographer and producer, Bob Landis. THUNDERBEAST reveals the survival strategies of America’s most formidable creatures, the buffalo, as they battle wolves, grizzlies and the forces of nature against the spectacular backdrop of Yellowstone National Park. The film premiered on the National Geographic Channel on June 16, 2006 and garnered high ratings – 29% higher than the 6-month average for the channel. THUNDERBEAST also received a JAPAN Wildlife Film Festival award, a CINE Golden Eagle and a Chris Bronze Plaque and was selected to screen at the 2007 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FEST in Washington, DC.

In 2006, Pasternak completed HYENA QUEEN, together with South African wildlife producer & cinematographer, Kim Wolhuter. HYENA QUEEN was nominated for Best Animal Behavior and Best Sound at Wildscreen 2008 in the UK, is the recipient of a Chris Award, and a Merit Award for Animal Behavior at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula. It was also nominated for Cinematography at Wildfest Asia, and for an EMMY Award for Best Science and Nature Film in the 2007 NATAS Emmys. Before her move into the Natural History Unit, Pasternak worked for two years as Associate Director of Co-productions, where she specialized in supervision of wildlife films and traveled extensively in search of compelling and dramatic stories for co-production on National Geographic’s weekly EXPLORER series then for TBS. Prior to this, Pasternak was Coordinating Producer for the National Geographic Television SPECIALS, the one-hour films presented annually on NBC and PBS. She also was Coordinating Producer of three National Geographic mini-series for PBS, “HEART OF AFRICA”, “CHINA BEYOND THE CLOUDS,” and “THE GREAT INDIAN RAILWAY.” Pasternak was a founding employee of National Geographic’s Los Angeles office where she managed development of the Specials with Executive Producer Nick Noxon, for four years.

Pasternak is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in England, a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Non-Fiction Programming Peer Group, and a board member of The International Wildlife Film Festival and Media Center in Missoula, Montana, and was a board member for Filmmakers for Conservation. Before joining National Geographic Television, she worked as a freelancer on documentaries, independent features and commercials in Los Angeles and New York City.

Pasternak graduated Magna Cum Laude in Fine Arts at Harvard University. She hails from Canada, and was born in Edmonton, Alberta where she studied Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Alberta. She resides in Virginia where she receives the daily regenerative powers of two young sons, Aidan (18) and Dylan (15).

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