Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has hired Katharina Feistauer (pictured) to be its vice president of programming.
Effective from December, she will head up program planning and strategy, as well as content sourcing and acquisitions for the company’s international portfolio of lifestyle channels.
Feistauer spent the past 10 years at Discovery Networks International (DNI), where she most recently served as head of emerging networks for EMEA. During her tenure, she was responsible for content strategy, program planning and on-air production for DNI’s German channels, including the free-to-air network DMAX.
She also oversaw content integration when the company acquired the SBS portfolio from the ProSiebenSat.1 Group in 2012.
“Katharina joins us with an intrinsic understanding of the region and offers a wealth of experience drawn from years of mastering television programming for international markets,” said senior VP of content and marketing Nick Thorogood, to whom Feistauer will report. “She will undoubtedly be an invaluable addition to our team as we continue to develop our portfolio of channels.”
Earlier this week, Scripps Networks UK and EMEA inked a multi-territory distribution deal with international cable operator Liberty Global for Food Network, Travel Channel and Fine Living. The agreement sees the renewal of existing Scripps networks across Liberty Global territories, and gives the U.S. cable operator the option to add Food Network and Fine Living in new markets.