Discovery Networks International Chief Creative Officer Steps Down

Marjorie Kaplan P 2015

With company veteran Marjorie Kaplan now in place to lead the company's international content strategy, Phil Craig decides to return to work as an independent producer.

Phil Craig is stepping down from his role as executive vp and chief creative officer of Discovery Communications' Discovery Networks International unit.

He will leave in a few weeks after ensuring a smooth transition.

Since February, Craig led the company's international production and development team from London, reporting to JB Perrette, president of Discovery Networks International. He joined from Australian broadcaster ABC where he held the post of head of factual since 2012, based in Sydney.

Discovery recently tapped company veteran Marjorie Kaplan as president of content for Discovery Networks International as the company continues to emphasize its growth opportunities abroad. She has just started her new role. Craig would have reported to her given that her role is broader, but he decided to go back to producing shows with her in place now. 

"Phil Craig has decided to step down from his role ... and go back to his roots as a leading independent producer," Discovery said. "He enjoyed creative success at DNI and shepherded several series and specials that will hit the air in 2016, including a groundbreaking natural history series Life of Dogs, and played a key role in bringing the critically acclaimed film Sherpa to Discovery. DNI’s production and development team thanks Phil for his service and dedication and look forward to working with him in the future."