"Since joining Food Network and Cooking Channel in 2014, it was quickly apparent that Didi's skills and expertise represent exactly the creative leadership our beloved brands require," said Finch. "She was a driving force behind 2015's successful programming slate, with titles such as Chopped Junior and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition as just two examples of Didi's creative instinct driving double-digit ratings gains. I couldn't be more thrilled to have such a talented and well-respected executive seated next to me as we look ahead for future growth opportunities."
O'Hearn will oversee the programming team, lead all development strategy for programming across both nets, as well as identify and develop new network talent, and manage relationships with outside production partners.
Didi was previously Vice President, Development & Talent for WE tv, responsible for creating originals and specials that personified We tv's brand. She was instrumental in developing many of the networks most popular series, including Mary Mary, SWV: Reunited, Kendra On Top, LA Hair and Marriage Boot Camp. Before joining WE tv in January 2011, Didi served as Vice President in charge of the New York office of non-fiction media producer Darlow Smithson Productions. Prior to Darlow Smithson, she spent 16 years at A&E Television Networks, most recently as Vice President of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming, launching the hit series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Didi served as executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning Biography series and Director of Programming for Biography Channel as well as 10 years in producer and senior producer of programming roles inside A&E and History networks. O'Hearn is a graduate of Amherst College and received her master's degree from Columbia School of Journalism. She resides in New York City with her husband and two boys
COOKING CHANNEL (www.cookingchanneltv.com) is an entertainment brand dedicated to today's passionate food lover. For food people, by food people, Cooking Channel is the answer to a growing hunger for more content devoted to food and cooking in every dimension from global cuisines to international travel, history and unconventional how-to's. Cooking Channel is part of the media portfolio of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also includes Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (www.gactv.com).