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Scripps Networks Interactive ups two

Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) has promoted Julie Taylor and Cindy Brown (pictured), both of whom currently schedule for HGTV and DIY Network.
November 21, 2013

Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) has increased Julie Taylor and Cindy Brown’s scheduling duties, with the addition of program planning for the Great American Country network.

The expanded roles see Taylor upped to senior VP of program planning, while Brown (pictured above) will continue to report to Taylor as VP of program planning, with a focus on scheduling strategy.

Both currently schedule for HGTV and DIY Network, and they will continue to manage series acquisitions, cross-network coproductions and programming budgets.

The addition of the Great American Country network into SNI’s home category led home category president Kathleen Finch to give Taylor and Brown the responsibility of planning for the network’s line-up.

Taylor reports to Allison Page, the GM of the SNI home category, which includes HGTV, DIY, Great American Country and their associated websites.

“After years of experience scheduling HGTV and DIY Network’s 1,200 hours of programming annually, Julie and Cindy have amassed invaluable insight into what it takes to drive viewership,” said Finch. “Their smart strategies, including innovative marathons and strategic series launches, have contributed to our ratings growth and positively impacted our robust length-of-tune. It made sense for us to leverage their expertise across all of the category’s lifestyle networks.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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