Scripps Networks Interactive's Kenneth W. Lowe to be Honored at The Paley Center for Media's Annual New York Gala

Tue, January 20, 2009 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI - Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, will be honored by The Paley Center for Media at its annual Gala Evening in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Cipriani 42nd in New York City.

The Paley Center for Media is recognizing Lowe for his work pioneering lifestyle entertainment in the food and shelter categories through the creation of HGTV and Scripps Networks. Lowe is being honored along with WPP's Chief Executive Sir Martin Sorrell.

"Ken Lowe and Sir Martin Sorrell are innovative leaders, highly respected for the energy, focus and direction they provide at the helm of businesses with far reaching assets and impact," said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. "Ken quite literally changed the cable landscape with the launch of the successful Scripps Networks, and Sir Martin created the world's largest advertising conglomerate for the global marketplace. Both men are dynamic and entrepreneurial individuals who continue the legacy that William S. Paley established at The Paley Center for Media to honor and celebrate."

Under Lowe's stewardship, Scripps Networks Interactive has become the nation's leading provider of television programming and Internet content that focuses on food and shelter. Lowe founded and launched HGTV and oversaw the acquisition and transformation of the Food Network into an American pop culture phenomenon.  Lowe also presided over the launches of DIY and Fine Living Networks and the acquisition of Great American Country (GAC). Lowe also laid the groundwork for and guided the development of the company's leading interactive food and shelter category businesses and oversaw the acquisitions of leading online comparison shopping services Shopzilla and uSwitch.

Past Paley Center gala honorees include Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Steven Bochco, Kevin S. Bright, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Burnett, James Burrows, Sid Caesar, Marcy Carsey, Peter Chernin, David Crane, Ted Danson, Dick Ebersol, the cast and writers of Everybody Loves Raymond, Kelsey Grammer, Merv Griffin, Marta Kauffman, David E. Kelley, Leslie Moonves, Mary Tyler Moore, Jack Paar, Dan Rather, Sumner Redstone, Carl Reiner, the cast and writers of Saturday Night Live, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Martin Sheen, Showtime Networks Inc., Sony Corporation, Sir Howard Stringer, Barbara Walters, John Wells, Dick Wolf, Bob Wright, and Jeff Zucker.

About the Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit


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 (GAC); and Interactive Services, with leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch.

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