Kaplan’s international vision: creator-led content

Days into her new job as Discovery’s international content supremo, Marjorie Kaplan tells Stewart Clarke about the challenge ahead and her vision for creator-led content. Marjorie Kaplan was announced as Discovery Networks International’s president of content last month. Her entry comes as Phil Craig exits. Craig, Discovery Networks International’s chief content officer, decided to leave […]

Discovery launching free-to-air TLC in Turkey

Discovery is launching is female-skewing TLC channel in Turkey as a free-to-air service. The channel operator will rebeand the CNBC-e channel, which it acquired from Dogus Media, with TLC rolling out in November. The channel will be programmed with female-centric lifestyle, reality and fact-ent programming. The launch line-up includes AMC’s smash hit zombie series Fear […]

Scripps hires ex-Discovery Asia chief for UK

Scripps Networks Interactive has hired former Discovery Networks Asia Pacific boss Kevin Dickie as senior VP, channels for the UK and EMEA. Dickie (pictured) exited his post as SVP of Discovery’s Asia Pacific content group last year in a restructure that also saw the exit of high-ranking communications executive Charles Yap. He has been working […]

Discovery restructures US nets

Discovery Communications has placed Rich Ross into a networks group president role as it realigns its US channels structure. Ross, who joined Discovery at the turn of the year as president of Discovery Channel, is now group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Discovery has grouped the channels together as it believes […]

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, […]

TVPlayer to launch UK subs offering

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer will launch a subscription service this summer offering live streams of premium TV channels. TVPlayer Plus will offer upwards of 25 premium channels and roughly 100 hours of catch-up content a week for £4.99 (US$7.79) per month – with no fixed contract. Premium networks that will feature as part of TVPlayer […]

Buyers line up for RuPaul’s Drag Race

Passion has sold US drag queen competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race to a host of broadcasters. Discovery’s female-skewed TLC channel has acquired it for Germany and Turner’s TruTv has snagged UK rights. In Brazil, pay TV channel operator Globosat has picked it up for its Multishow channel. In Canada, the OutTV specialty channel has bought […]

Dynamic makes content and sales hire

Dynamic Television has hired Holly Hines for a new role at the company, senior VP, content. Dynamic – Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann’s production and distribution business – was formed 18 months ago and recently shopped Icelandic drama Trapped to the BBC in the UK. It also distributes Syfy series Z Nation. Hines will be based […]

Electus giving birth to Labor Games at MIPTV

US producer and distributor Electus has picked up international format rights to Labor Games, the new US cable show in which expectant couples take part in a pop-up gameshow in the delivery room. The expectant couple can win prizes for their baby-to-be in the show, which is for TLC in the US, which will preview […]

Airport, Brothel sell for Hat Trick

Hat Trick International heads into MIPTV on the back of sales of new factual pair Bangkok Airport and The Mega Brothel. Both shows come out of HTI’s first-look distribution deal with UK indie Keo Films. Bangkok Airport has gone to Nine Network in Australia, Discovery Networks in Sweden, Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle […]