KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 5, 2013-- Prompted by the planned retirement of one of its most seasoned and respected executives,
John F. Lansing, retiring president
of Scripps Networks
Succeeding Lansing as president of the Scripps Networks operating division will be Burton Jablin, a 19-year veteran of the company who was instrumental in the launch, early development and long-term growth of HGTV. Jablin has been leading the company's home category, which includes HGTV, DIY Network, their associated websites and all of the company's other businesses focused on the home.
Succeeding Jablin as president of the home category will be
In addition to HGTV and DIY Network, the Scripps Networks operating division includes
"This company and its many stakeholders owe
During Lansing's tenure at Scripps Networks, total annual revenues generated by the company's lifestyle media business tripled from
"For several months I've been considering options that would allow me to constructively move into the next phase of my career, providing me with an opportunity to explore some new entrepreneurial adventures and to stretch into new areas of interest for me," Lansing said. "To that end, I have decided the time is now right for me to take an early retirement option so that I can begin to prepare for that next chapter."
"Underscoring the great brands and record-breaking business results, the distinguishing competitive characteristic at Scripps Networks is ultimately the quality of everyone who works for this outstanding company," Lansing said. "Without a doubt, the reason Scripps Networks succeeds is directly tied to the culture that persistently embraces collaboration, creativity and individual respect. That's why Scripps Networks is still reaching its highest peak performance 19 years after launching in 1994. There is nothing I take more pride in than knowing that collectively, as the business grew, we have been able to keep Scripps Networks centered on its core values - the strategic advantage - as I'm sure it will remain going into the future."
As Lansing's successor, Jablin will be responsible for the management and development of the company's complete portfolio of television networks, digital content businesses and all other related operations.
"John had a direct hand in guiding the orderly succession in leadership at the company, first by establishing an outstanding team that included
Added Lansing, "The success Burton and Kathleen have had guiding and directing the growth and development of our home category businesses speaks volumes to the expertise, creativity, vision and discipline they bring to our brand of lifestyle media. I have no doubt that the company will benefit greatly from their thoughtful stewardship and inspired leadership."
Commenting on his tenure at Scripps Networks, Jablin said, "It has been a privilege to be part of this great company since the very beginning and to participate in its growth and evolution on television, in digital media, and in consumer products and services. We are, at our core, a lifestyle content company with powerful brands that are highly valued by media consumers, advertisers and content distributors. Our objective going forward is to continue the company's uninterrupted track record of growth and to serve our many fans and customers wherever and whenever they want."
Succeeding Jablin, Finch will oversee HGTV and DIY Network, their associated websites and related businesses. She will be responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of all of the company's home category businesses.
"HGTV and DIY Network are both experiencing unprecedented audience growth thanks to the outstanding creative efforts of our entire home category team," Finch said. "We're engaging new and younger fans with exciting new programming concepts and shows that are expanding the content genre and creating tons of energy and momentum. We have a motivated team and are committed to the continued growth and development of all of our home category businesses."
Lansing joined Scripps Networks in
Lansing began his career at age 17 as a news photographer at
Lansing serves on the
Burton Jablin, named president
of Scripps Networks
Jablin was named president of the company's home category in 2009. He was part of the original team that launched HGTV in 1994 where he supervised production of the network's original programming slate first as executive producer, then as vice president of programming. Upon his promotion to senior vice president of programming and production in 1997, Jablin oversaw the development, budgeting, production and scheduling for HGTV's programming and on-air promotion. His role with HGTV expanded in 2000 when he was named the network's senior vice president and general manager, and then again one year later when he was named president.
Prior to HGTV, Jablin worked for more than 10 years in television news. He began his career as a researcher at
Jablin was named to the 2010 "CableFAX 100" and graduated with honors from
Kathleen Finch, named president of
home category at Scripps Networks
Finch joined the company's home category after seven years at the
Finch is a graduate of
About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company's media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands
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