Top execs exit Scripps digital platform Ulive

Jeff Meyer and Lisa Choi Owens, president and chief operating officer respectively of the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned digital lifestyle platform Ulive, have exited the company.
October 30, 2014

A year after the launch of the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned digital platform Ulive, the company’s president Jeff Meyer and chief operating officer and co-founder Lisa Choi Owens have stepped down from their posts, a spokesperson confirmed to realscreen.

Ulive, a digital lifestyle portal featuring programming from Scripps channels such as Food Network and Travel Channel, and a host of original web series had its hard launch last October.

At a NewFronts presentation in May, the company revealed it had secured distribution partnerships with Yahoo!, MSN and Twitter Amplify, and also indicated it would roll out more than 50 new and returning series this year.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed the execs’ departures, but would not comment further.

Prior to serving as president at ULive, Meyer – a 20-year veteran at Scripps – worked as senior VP of interactive sales for the company, where he oversaw revenue streams for digital platforms as well as VoD and broadband.

Meyer joined the company in 1994, first hired to the HGTV sales team and later overseeing the management of the network’s New York sales staff. He also worked as senior VP of HGTV ad sales for the East Coast.

Before joining ULive, Choi Owens served as senior VP and GM of digital media for Scripps, and her duties included managing websites for Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel as well as social, mobile and video syndication and digital strategy.

The exec joined Scripps in 2008 as senior VP of digital partnerships and marketing after serving as VP of new media business development for FUSE Networks.

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