Scripps names VP corporate development for new interactive media division
Thu, April 27, 2006 by Mark Kroeger
CINCINNATI – Sameer Deen, an executive with business development experience in cable entertainment and interactive media, has been named vice president, corporate development for the interactive media division of The E. W. Scripps Company. For the past five years, Deen was in the New York office of NBC Universal, where he was director, new media. In his role at NBC Universal he developed new distribution businesses, such as broadband, video on demand, high definition and interactive television, for feature films and broadcast and cable properties. While at NBC Universal, he also served as director of financial and strategic planning for Universal Television Networks and senior analyst, business development, for USA Cable. Reporting to Tim Peterman, senior vice president of interactive media, Deen began his new position in late February and played a key role in negotiating last month’s acquisition of uSwitch, the London-based company that provides online comparison searches for essential home services. "Sameer possesses a rare combination of financial expertise, operational acumen and entrepreneurial spirit," Peterman said. "He has demonstrated an ability to identify scalable business ideas, develop successful business plans and pursue strategic partnerships. His experience will be highly valuable to us as we explore ways to expand the Scripps portfolio of interactive media properties.” Prior to NBC Universal, Deen, 31, served as a business development associate at GovWorks.com and was an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers in New York and London. Deen earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce, with distinction, from McGill University in Montreal. About Scripps The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication. The company’s portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; and Shop At Home, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers in roughly 57 million U.S. households and online through shopathometv.com.