David Lyle, President
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 Fox LOOK, a business unit he launched to handle international distribution for Fox Network Group’s unscripted entertainment TV programming at the time. Previously, Lyle spent five years as president of Fox Reality Channel, 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.
Lyle joined Fox after achieving great success in the production world as President of Entertainment for FremantleMedia North America from 2001-04. There, he developed, sold and produced shows for both broadcast networks and cable outlets including the smash Fox hit “American Idol,” CBS’ “Cupid,” MTV’s “Your Face or Mine” and Discovery’s “Date Patrol,” as well as unscripted shows for Food Network, Lifetime, GSN and Pax.
Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 from London, where at production giant and Fremantle-predecessor Pearson Television he served as head of worldwide development and acquisitions.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Lyle earned a degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Sydney. He first worked as an exploration geologist and high school chemistry teacher before entering the television business as a writer and segment producer for the TEN and Australian Broadcasting Networks in Australia before landing at NINE Network in 1988 as a program creator and executive producer.
Lyle rose to become head of development and acquisitions for NINE, overseeing production of original local lifestyle series along with the acquisition and subsequent local production of international formats such as “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?,” “Animal Hospital” and “Changing Rooms/Trading Spaces.” His forays into reality production at NINE paved the way for the move abroad to Pearson and the dynamic international TV production and distribution market.
Matt Gould, Executive Vice President
Matt Gould, based in New York and working hand-in-hand with PactUS President David Lyle in Los Angeles, joined the association representing independent television production companies in 2015 from indieprod Zig Zag Productions.
As EVP from 2011 responsible for its US division, Gould helped grow London-based Zig Zag’s US business with programming for broadcasters including Syfy, Fox, National Geographic Channel, A&E, Nickelodeon and Condé Nast Entertainment.
Previously, he served as executive producer, program development, at Turner Broadcasting-owned TruTV. During his time there Gould contributed to the network’s rapid growth by developing and exec producing some of its highest-rated series including Storage Hunters, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura and Full Throttle Saloon.
Prior to joining TruTV, he was Head of program development at Travel Channel, responsible for such big hits as Man vs. Food and Ghost Adventures. From 2004-06, as senior executive producer at Discovery Channel and TLC, he oversaw some 120 shows per year including international hits Miami Ink, Overhaulin’ and American Chopper.
Earlier, working as an executive producer at The New York Times Company during a period of rapid growth, Gould oversaw such hits as Trauma: Life in the ER, and A Cook’s Tour with Anthony Bourdain.
Mike Mistovich, Administrator
With 25+ years in the entertainment industry, Mike Mistovich joins PactUS as Administrator. Mike’s journey began at Cleveland’s WJW-TV where, as an editor, show and segment producer, and director, he won three regional Emmy Awards. Then Hollywood beckoned and “Misto” packed up his car and drove to Los Angeles. His passion for film and TV led him to serve Paramount, Universal and FOX studios on various shows and productions including The Untouchables series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Brady Bunch movie, Star Trek: Klingon PC game and TekWar. It was while working on the TV series Seven Days that Mike sold his first scripts, achieving a lifelong creative goal. All the while, these experiences sharpened his administrative and organizational skills across a wide variety of network and production offices. These abilities were put to use most recently with FOX’s Special Ops Department where he coordinated the post-production of the network’s marketing content on various on-air and digital platforms.