09 August 2011
Babbit Steps into GM Role at DIY Network

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Travel Channel, the newest addition to Scripps Networks Interactive's portfolio of popular lifestyle media brands, has named Andy Singer as its new head of programming and production. Singer had been in the role of general manager of Scripps-owned DIY Network.

As senior vice president, programming and production development for Travel Channel, Singer will oversee all aspects of the network's programming strategy, development and production beginning September 1.

"After working with Andy as part of the Scripps Networks Interactive family, I have come to really appreciate his creativity, passion for television and ability to turn a good idea into a must-see TV program - all assets that will prove invaluable in helping Travel Channel achieve its full potential as a powerhouse lifestyle media brand," Ong said. "We were fortunate to attract interest from some strong candidates, internal and external, and Andy stood head and shoulders above them."

Singer joined Scripps Networks in 2005, serving as head of DIY Network's programming for more than three years before being named GM in 2010, giving him a depth of experience guiding program development, production, on-air talent acquisition, scheduling, marketing and creative services. His achievements include development of highly engaging and entertaining home improvement shows including The Vanilla Ice Project, Renovation Rookies, Yard Crashers, Man Caves and King of Dirt. Singer also commissioned DIY's groundbreaking series, Disaster House, and America's first interactive home renovation series, Run My Renovation. Prior to joining Scripps, Singer was a show producer at VH1 and also produced programs for A&E, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and nationally syndicated broadcast series Extra and Inside Edition.

Ong said Singer's immediate priorities to be the development of scalable, breakout programs and identifying engaging talent that will help make Travel Channel become more of a destination network. Fred Graver, who previously held the position, is focusing on special projects and maximizing key talent relationships.

"The idea of working on Travel Channel is exciting," Singer said about the move. "It's a smart, fun brand that has a tremendous upside."

With distribution to about 96 million U.S. households, Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, freeing people from their everyday with compelling stories and characters from around the world and around the block that surprise with emotional connections that entertain, inspire and inform.

Succeeding Singer as senior vice president and general manager at DIY Network will be Ross Babbitt, who most recently has overseen DIY Network's programming partnerships, special projects and the growing arena of branded entertainment. Babbit, who came to DIY in 2004, has spearheaded some of the brand's highest profile endeavors, including ongoing partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, EA Sports, NFL Network, MLB Network, Esquire Magazine and 3M. He also developed buzz-worthy programming stunts that raised DIY's profile, such as Stud Finder Talent Contest, Crash Across America, and the Search for America's Most Desperate Landscape in partnership with NBC's TODAY. Babbit previously produced breaking news and feature stories for The CBS Early Show in New York and worked as a writer, producer and director for Food Network, Comedy Central, ESPN, Lifetime, CBS News Productions and 20th Century Fox.

DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television and one of the fastest growing digital networks with current distribution to more than 52 million U.S. homes, In his new role, Babbit will report to Burton Jablin, head of the Home Category at Scripps Networks Interactive.

"We are truly fortunate to have the talent and depth of resources within the company that allow us to make this a seamless transition," said John Lansing, president of Scripps' popular stable of lifestyle networks, which also include HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. "We are confident that Andy and Ross, in their new, respective roles, will build on the momentum these two networks have going for them now help create new growth for these brands and our company in the future."

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television, the Internet and emerging platforms, where on-air programming complements online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion Web sites and broadband vertical channels. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and country music network Great American Country. Scripps Networks Interactive is based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Nashville, Tenn. and Chevy Chase, Md.

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SOURCE: Scripps Networks Interactive

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