Betsy Scolnik (TOR)
Betsy Scolnik is president of National Geographic Digital Media. Sheoversees all NGV digital media and business initiatives, includingoperating Nationalgeographic.com and its digital extensions, andmanaging the National Geographic digital film archive and short-formvideo programming, production and distribution. She also heads contentdevelopment efforts for the Nationalgeographic.com Web site and DigitalMedia’s initiatives in the wireless, video game, broadband andeducation markets.
Since joining National Geographic in September 2005 as vice presidentof content operations for National Geographic Digital Media, Scolnikhas been a key player in the expansion of Nationalgeographic.com, withthe redesign of the homepage and the launch ofworldmusic.nationalgeographic.com, the widely acclaimed world music Website that both musicians and consumers have embraced. She launchedNational Geographic Podcasts, which regularly appear in the IPod top 50podcasts. She has managed the growth of the short-form programming,production and distribution unit, which was nominated for an Emmy Awardin 2006.
Scolnik has a wide range of interactive content and operationsexperience tied to the emergence and growth of digital media, includingextensive international experience. Prior to joining NationalGeographic, Scolnik worked at AOL for four years. From 2003 she servedas vice president and general manager entertainment for AOL Europebased at AOL’s U.S. and European operations in Dulles, Va., and London.She was a key player in the development and execution of AOL’s highlysuccessful “Live 8” series of concerts.
Previously, Scolnik worked for StarMedia network, then the largestSpanish- and Portuguese-language Internet media company, where she ranbusiness development and programming for the StarMedia services acrossSouth America and Europe.
Scolnik has a B.S. in international relations from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley. She lives in Washington, D.C.