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Food Network president Brooke Johnson to retire

Brooke Johnson (pictured) is to retire from her post as president of food lifestyle brands at Scripps Networks Interactive next year.
August 19, 2015

Brooke Johnson (pictured) is to retire from her post as president of food lifestyle brands at Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) next year.

Johnson joined SNI as senior VP and GM of Food Network in 2003 before being named president of the department in 2004. She was subsequently upped to head SNI’s entire food and entertainment division in 2010 where she was most recently charged with overseeing Food Network and Cooking Channel as well as Food Network Magazine, Food2.com, Recipezaar.com, and the department’s mobile apps.

Johnson has overseen the launch of such series staples as Diners, Drive-Ins and DivesChopped Cutthroat Kitchen and Food Network Star. Under the exec’s purview, Food Network also launched Food Network Magazine while expanding its reach into the branded products space.

She will continue to serve as a consultant to SNI through the end of 2016. Further details on Food Network’s leadership are to be released in the coming days, the company said in a statement.

Prior to boarding Food Network, Johnson served as executive VP and GM at A&E, where she launched Biography Channel and crafted History Channel’s programming strategy.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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