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SNI promotes Allison Page, Julie Taylor

Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) has elevated veteran executives Allison Page and Julie Taylor to newly created leadership roles across the company’s American divisions. Page (pictured, left) will become GM for U.S. programming and ...
November 14, 2016

Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) has elevated veteran executives Allison Page and Julie Taylor to newly created leadership roles across the company’s American divisions.

Page (pictured, left) will become GM for U.S. programming and development where she will oversee the programming teams for Food Network and Cooking Channel, adding to her existing responsibility as GM for HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Great American Country (GAC).

Under Page’s leadership, HGTV has established itself as one of the biggest cable networks in the U.S., with nine consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth.

Prior to joining HGTV and DIY Network in 2013, she held a variety of programming roles at Food Network over a 12-year period where she helped to create such series as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Chopped. Before joining SNI, she worked at a number of indies on programs for Discovery, A&E and Lifetime and served as an associate producer at CBS News Sunday Morning.

Reporting to Page directly will be Didi O’Hearn, senior VP of programming for Food Network and Cooking Channel; John Feld, senior VP of programming for HGTV, DIY Network and GAC; and Courtney White, senior VP of programming for Travel Channel.

“[Page] has been a central player in the incredible success of HGTV over the last few years, and her creativity and leadership will be key to the continued growth and development of all our networks moving forward,” said Kathleen Finch, chief programming, content and brand officer at SNI, in a statement.

Taylor (right), meanwhile, has been named senior VP of program planning and strategy for U.S. networks, where she will add oversight of Food Network and Cooking Channel to her repertoire. She currently leads the scheduling teams for HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network and GAC.

Taylor first joined SNI as a production manager for Scripps Productions in 2000, managing budgets and staffing for such series as HGTV Dream Home and White House Christmas, before being elevated to a variety of senior scheduling roles for HGTV, DIY Network and GAC.

Prior to joining Scripps, Taylor worked in production roles for WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Elsewhere, Shannon Jamieson Driver has been promoted to GM of U.S. brand marketing, where she will support the firm’s growing digital brands through integrated linear and experiential marketing experiences. Driver currently leads marketing efforts for all six SNI networks.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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