“As we continue to grow Scripps Networks’ presence internationally, we are creating a team dedicated to expanding our reach around the world,” said Nardi. “Barbara’s extensive industry experience in international programming and rights management, along with her excellent negotiation skills and market savvy, will further strengthen our talented international team.”
In her new role, Bellini will be responsible for the operational aspects of the program distribution division and support its expansion. Bellini will also help manage programming deals for the international division, providing strategic support in structuring international programming deals and managing the content pipeline to ensure the most effective use of Scripps programming internationally.
Prior to joining Scripps Networks, Barbara held consulting roles at Channel 4 in the UK and A+E Networks, where she performed comprehensive competitive analyses and developed content and rights strategies. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Acquisitions and Programming at Discovery Networks International, where she played a key role in over 30 new international channel launches, including the launch of flagship lifestyle network TLC. She also held senior leadership roles at National Geographic TV International and Channel 4 International, where she oversaw all international programming transactions and brokered key domestic and international content deals.
About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. Its lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively reach more than 170 million U.S. consumers each month.
Scripps Networks International distributes five entertainment brands including Asian Food Channel, Fine Living, Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel in more than 170 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is a joint-venture partner with BBC Worldwide in UKTV in the UK and with Shaw Media in Canada. The division manages the company’s program licensing and distribution function, which makes its high-quality content available in more than 220 countries and territories around the world. Scripps Networks International is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and New York, NY, with regional offices in London, Singapore and São Paulo. For more information, please visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.