Marjorie Kaplan is moving from “19 Kids” to people from around the world.
Discovery Communications said the longtime programming executive would give up oversight of cable networks like TLC and Velocity to take a new London-based role as president of content for its overseas networks — a reflection of the growing importance of the company’s operations outside the United States in recent months.
“Discovery’s international business is the company’s key differentiator, and I am excited to watch Marjorie take our global content engine to the next level,” said Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav in a prepared statement.
Kaplan will supervise a broad range of program development: female lifestyle, male factual, scripted and kids, and for all kinds of distribution ranging from linear to broadband. Phil Craig, chief creative officer of Discovery Networks International, will report to Kaplan, as will Rosemary Newell, senior vice president of programming and content operations. Kaplan will also have a role in creating new content associated with Discovery International’s scheduled broadcast of the Olympics Games in Europe between 2018 and 2024, working with executives at European sports-media outlet Eurosport, which Discovery controls.
Kaplan has had broad experience at Discovery’s U.S. operations. After helping to launch a network once known as Discovery Kids, she took oversight Animal Planet in 2007, and in 2014, took on leadership of TLC. In the last few months, that network has grappled with a scandal erupting around longruning program “19 Kids and Counting,” which centers on the very large Duggars family. She also supervises Velocity, the Discovery cable outlet devoted to motorsports and cars. She briefly ran Discovery Channel as well.