05 February 2015

NEW YORK —February 5, 2015-- Brian Balthazar will wrap up his responsibilities as co-executive producer of The View this month to return home to HGTV.  Balthazar, who left HGTV in 2013, will return to the home and lifestyle network as a vice president of programming in March.  He will be based in the organization’s New York offices, reporting to Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network. During his previous stint at HGTV, Balthazar shepherded such hit series as House Hunters Renovation, Selling New York and Island Hunters.
Balthazar’s previous roles include serving as vice president and head of programming at AOL, where he developed numerous digital series. He also launched the fourth hour of NBC-TV’s Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.  During his eight years at NBC-TV, Balthazar produced special hours and segments from all over the world including Milan, Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, and the Olympics in Athens and Torino.  In addition, he spent many years as an entertainment journalist, appearing on Today, The Wendy Williams Show, CNN and MSNBC among others.

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and HGTV.com, the premier source for home-related inspiration, instruction and entertainment, attracts more than six million people each month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to www.hgtvhome.com. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

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