Food Network


Food Network orders Blink travelogue

Discovery-owned UK channel Food Network has commissioned Blink Films for a food travelogue series featuring celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.  Tom Kerridge’s America (10 x 30 minutes) follows the Michelin-starred chef as he travels across the US in search of the nation’s favourite dishes and lesser known delicacies. The show was ordered by Clare Laycock, VP […]

Discovery promotes Food Network’s Todd Weiser

Discovery has promoted Todd Weiser to senior vice president, programming and development at Food Network and Cooking Channel. White will report to the networks’ president Courtney White. “Todd brings an expertise in creating smart, innovative and audience-pleasing content,” said White. Weiser joined Food Network in 2013 as vice president, programming and development where he launched […]

Discovery elevates trio of lifestyle veterans

Discovery has promoted veteran lifestyle programmers Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala and Lynn Sadofsky within its HGTV and Food Network brands. Ruch shifts from his former role as SVP of programming, partnerships and special projects for Discovery lifestyle brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, to group SVP of production and […]

Discovery expands UK portfiolio with DMax launch

Discovery is expanding its UK portfolio with a male-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel. DMax will launch in the UK on 16 January with programmes including adult animated comedy Archer, reality series Naked and Afraid and Man Vs Food and Alaska-set doc series Life Below Zero. The channel is to have an “adventurous tone” that centers around […]

Scripps veteran duo gain top spots at Discovery

Scripps execs Allison Page and Courtney White have landed top roles at Discovery’s lifestyles group, as the Discovery/Scripps merger begins to take effect. Page will now serve as president of HGTV and Food Network, while White will serve as executive VP and report to Page. Previously Page acted as general manager of US programming for […]

Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

Discovery ‘still has bullets’ for deals post-Scripps

Discovery Communications is “not out of bullets” to use for company acquisitions despite its US$14.6 billion takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief exec has said. The Scripps deal will create one of the largest media companies in the US, and includes US$2.7 billion worth of new debt for Discovery. However, this will […]

Scripps expands lifestyle unit as Nat Geo exec joins

Scripps Lifestyle Studios (SLS), the new digital division of Scripps Networks Interactive, is expanding efforts internationally with a focus on digital marketing, global content production and diverse talent development. Simultaneously, National Geographic’s Lynn Sadofsky has joined the New york office at SLS parent Scripps Networks Interactive as a vice president of programming and development for […]

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