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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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