A key executive who has been with Discovery Communications for more than two decades is leaving the company as it reorganizes the leadership structure at Discovery Networks International. In an exclusive, Deadline.com reports that Marjorie Kaplan, president of content for DNI, is out.
The announcement was reportedly made internally on Monday by JB Perrette, president of Discovery Networks International. Kaplan may be best known for her stints running Animal Planet and TLC. She relocated to London a year ago when she took on her role as president of content for DNI.
“As part of a new emphasis on local production and local content, the company is moving away from a centralized structure, with the DNI Content Group and Kaplan’s position being phased out,” Deadline reports. “Kaplan’s team will be consolidated into DNI’s UK unit, with all of her direct reports now reporting to Susanna Dinnage, General Manager, Discovery Networks UK/Ireland, with the exception of Bob Scanlon, EVP and GM of Velocity and Automotive Content, who will report into a TBA US-based executive.”
Kaplan will reportedly remain in place through the end of the year to ease the transition.