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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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