19 August 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Brooke Johnson, president of Scripps Networks Interactive’s food lifestyle brands including Food Network and Cooking Channel, has announced that she will be retiring after more than 12 years with the company.

Since joining Food Network in 2003, Johnson has played an integral role in strengthening Food Network’s position as the leading food and entertainment brand in the world, overseeing the creation of hugely successful programming franchises including “Chopped”, “Cutthroat Kitchen”, “Food Network Star” and the Emmy-nominated “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Under her leadership, Food Network expanded into branded products, launched the popular “Food Network Magazine,” and firmly established itself as one of the top ten cable networks in the United States. She has also overseen the consistent year-on-year ratings growth of Cooking Channel over the last five years, as well as the expansion of the food category’s digital footprint through a series of apps and web offerings.

Johnson will continue to serve as a consultant to Scripps Networks Interactive through the end of 2016. An announcement regarding the leadership of Food Network moving forward will be made in the coming days.

“Brooke Johnson has been one of the key driving forces behind the success of Food Network since she joined the company,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Scripps Networks Interactive. “Food Network touches hundreds of millions of consumers every month, through shows including ‘Food Network Star’ and ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ and through its many brand extensions. We’re very grateful to Brooke for her passion and hard work in building one of the strongest media brands around, and I’m gratified that the company will continue to benefit from her expertise and insight in a consultative capacity.”

“I couldn't be more proud of everything that the team and talented chefs and hosts have created and accomplished together during my time here," said Brooke Johnson. "The timing was right for me to step back and enjoy the next phase of my life, but I leave with total confidence that Food Network and Cooking Channel will continue to grow and engage fans of these beloved brands for many years to come.”
Johnson joined Food Network from A&E, where she launched the Biography Channel, and proposed the original concept for History Channel and crafted its programming strategy. Prior to joining A&E, Johnson was Program Director for WABC-TV in New York where she launched first the local and then national syndication of “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee.”

Editors: A high-res headshot of Brooke Johnson is available here.
 
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. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively engage more than 190 million U.S. consumers each month. International operations include TVN, Poland’s premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living. The company’s global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

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