Marshall Jay Kaplan
Marshall Jay Kaplan
|Occupation||Television producer, television presenter, television director|
Marshall Jay Kaplan (born July 24, 1965) is a Gemini Award nominated senior television producer, director, and host. His career is recognized for producing and directing a wide range of factual television shows that have appeared on top speciality channels across North America including TLC, HGTV, BRAVO and the Food Network. He is also known as a creator, executive producer and host of the celebrity-based show on Reelz, Totally Tracked Down.
Early life, family and education
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Marshall was an art student in high school, but attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a double degree in microbiology and biochemistry. Although he graduated with top marks, it was Marshall’s love of television that made him follow is heart and make a career out of his passion.
Marshall's first step into the world of entertainment was developing his artistic craft and becoming the "cartoonist to the stars", as he has drawn no less than 10,000 celebrities for them. Most recent drawings were for Jon Hamm of Mad Men, Bradley Cooper of The Hangover, Kim Kardashian, the cast of Glee and Sofía Vergara of Modern Family.
Expanding upon his cartoons, Kaplan ventured into the entertainment section of newspapers with his "Where are they now?" column - carried by some 60 newspapers in the United States and Canada and read by almost 5 million North Americans.
Eventually radio stations have begun to take an interest in Kaplan's informative and entertaining look at celebrities and Kaplan was soon heard on radio stations across Canada.
Marshall became a producer of the globally syndicated television show Style By Jury, producing a total of 75 episodes. Marshall then starred in Totally Tracked Down, a television show based on his column "Where Are They Now", in which he literally tracks down television's most memorable icons. Marshall was an executive producer and a creator of the show. The show aired on TVtropolis (now DTour) and now on Reelz. Marshall is also the series producer for the hit game show Instant Cash, for TVtropolis, a producer for the reality show Brides of Beverly Hills for TLC the comedic property show, My House, Your Money on the W Network and HGTV, the hidden camera competition show, Giving You The Business on the Food Network, the series producer for Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's new reality show, Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever, director for the reality series, Unusually Thicke, starring Alan Thicke and the series producer and director for Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan new series, Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure.
Most recently, Marshall is the executive producer on his first documentary feature film.
- Marshall Kaplan Hunts Down The Stars
- Willie Nelson Art, by Marshall Jay Kaplin
- Strickler's Celebrity Autographs Featuring Signed Marshall Jay Kaplan Prints
- Whozat (1991)
- Fall TV getting weird
- Marshall Jay Kaplan on IMDb
- Totally Tracked Down on IMDb
- Marshall Jay Kaplan at TV.com
- Style By Jury on WNetwork