Scripps Networks Interactive Names John Lansing EVP

Wed, August 06, 2008 by Mark Kroeger


CINCINNATI - John Lansing, who has led the growth of Scripps Networks since 2005, has been named executive vice president of parent company Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI).

Lansing remains president of Scripps Networks. Previously senior vice president for Scripps Networks Interactive, Lansing will continue to be responsible for leading the company's Lifestyle Media operating segment, which includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands Food Network and HGTV.

"John has successfully led the continued growth of our largest and most profitable division," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive. "John will continue to lead the growth strategies for expanding our dominant position in the food and shelter brands on TV and the Internet, extending our brands through creative and lucrative licensing and revenue-sharing partnerships, and exploring opportunities internationally to exploit our expertise in creating and delivering food, shelter and lifestyle content."

Scripps Networks operates HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living Network and Great American Country, along with a growing portfolio of Internet businesses dedicated to the food and shelter categories. Foodnetwork.com is the number one Internet site in the "food" category, with RecipeZaar.com joining it in the top ten. HGTV.com and DIYnetwork.com are both rated in the top ten for Web sites in the "home" category.

Lansing, 51, who will continue to report to Lowe, has been with Scripps for 13 years including the period before Scripps Networks Interactive separated from The E.W. Scripps Company on July 1, 2008.

Before moving to Scripps Networks, Lansing had strategic and operating oversight responsibilities for the Scripps broadcast television station group, first as vice president of station operations and then as senior vice president/television.

Before coming to the Scripps corporate office as vice president of station operations in 2000, Lansing had been vice president and general manager of the Scripps-owned television station in Cleveland, WEWS-TV, and vice president and station manager at the Scripps station in Detroit, WXYZ-TV. Lansing also held news-director positions at WBBM-TV, Chicago, and WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

Lansing studied marketing and business administration at Bellarmine University in Louisville, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. He has served as a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. is the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion Web sites and broadband vertical channels. The company's media portfolio includes: Lifestyle Media, with popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living Network and country music network Great American Country; and Interactive Services, with leading online comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch.

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