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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.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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