Kaplan to leave Discovery amid restructure11 October 2016
Marjorie Kaplan is to leave Discovery following a restructure of its London-based creative teams.
The president of international content will leave her role at the end of the year.
Discovery’s international content group will now become part of the UK & Ireland business, led by Susanna Dinnage.
Dinnage has been promoted to president and managing director, Discovery Networks UK/Ireland, with her responsibilities expanding to include content creation for the international business.
Kaplan said, “Discovery’s international business must prioritise local relevance to best serve international audiences and drive growth, and further leverage its incredibly creative talent around the world.
“As a result, the current central structure doesn’t make sense for the company or for me. Although this is a bittersweet decision for me, I expect it to also be the start of new adventures as exciting as those I have undertaken while at Discovery.”
Dinnage has spent more than 20 years working in the TV industry, beginning her career at MTV and then part of the launch team behind Channel 5. She began working at Discovery seven years ago, working in a number of roles – most recently general manager of the UK and Benelux businesses.
Dinnage said, “Aligning our London based content creation business with the UK business really underscores our creative and financial commitment to the UK production community.
“I am really looking forward to harnessing our own talent and ideas with the innovative production sector in the UK to develop new ideas, talent, genres, formats and funding models that resonate both with UK audiences and across the globe.