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Kaplan exiting as Discovery rejigs int’l programming

Marjorie Kaplan is leaving Discovery Networks in a rejig that sees Susanna Dinnage take over running the international content division alongside her existing role in charge of the UK and Ireland Discovery channels. The change means Discovery no longer has a dedicated international content chief, with an increasing amount of original content coming out of […]

Ex-Discovery content chief finds Electric role

Former Discovery Networks International content chief Phil Craig has joined Australian producer Electric Pictures as head of factual. Craig (pictured), who has also worked at the ABC, will work out of Electric’s Fremantle, Western Australia base, working closely with founder Andre Ogilvie and his team to build the business locally and internationally. The role will […]

Canada to tell Story of Us

Canadian pubcaster CBC has commissioned the latest version of epic docu-drama format The Story of Us. Bristow Global Media will produce the 10x60mins Canada: The Story of Us, with a 2017 airdate pencilled in as part of a slate of original shows that will celebrate the country’s 150th birthday. Since History commissioned Jane Root’s prodco […]

Phil Craig resigns from Discovery

Discovery Networks International’s chief creative officer Phil Craig has resigned from his post after just ten months. Craig plans to go back to his roots as an independent producer, according to a statement from DNI issued yesterday. His exit as CCO and executive VP comes after DNI moved US-based executive Marjorie Kaplan into a president […]

Discovery Channel plots 200+ territory doc launch

Discovery Channel has commissioned a documentary about Mount Everest’s Sherpa community that will rollout in more than 200 territories worldwide. This represents the second time Discovery has chosen to use this type of distribution plan since Rich Ross was named president, coming after Racing Extinction. Sherpa will debut next year, looking into the Sherpas’ grief […]

Discovery plans new Elba series

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL: Discovery Networks International is working on another unscripted series with popular actor Idris Elba (pictured). DNI’s chief creative officer, Phil Craig told journalists at a press conference yesterday in Edinburgh the show would be similar to previous project Idris Elba: No Limits (fka The Idris Elba Project) which saw the actor engage […]

Discovery names Kaplan int’l content president

Discovery Communications veteran Marjorie Kaplan has been named president of content Discovery Networks International. The newly created role will see Kaplan relocate from New York to London, starting this October. She has been with Discovery for more than 20 years, and is noted as for having launched Discovery Kids, running Animal Planet and, more recently, […]

Discovery poaches Nat Geo’s Sayer

Discovery Networks International has poached factual production veteran Ed Sayer to join Phil Craig’s new look content team. Sayer will be VP, production and development, factual, reporting to DNI executive VP and chief creative officer Craig, who has been looking to define a new style of high-end factual programming dubbed ‘new chip’ since joining from […]

David Zaslav on cutting beards and growing 4K and international

New Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross was lauded early this year for calling time on ‘faux factual’, a category of programming that had grown to include ‘real life’ mermaids, and snakes (attempting to) eat people live on air. The “pivot” back to core programming values actually started before then, David Zaslav tells TBI in Paris. […]

Discovery orders family reunion series

Discovery has commissioned Separated at Birth, a seven-part series that will follow surprising and emotional family reunions. The 7x60mins series will be produced by CTVC and go out on Discovery Networks International channels next year. It will follow different family reunion stories, from serendipitous reunions to yearlong searches for loved ones. Discovery said the series […]