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Courtney White to head Discovery’s Food Network

Discovery has shuffled the senior leadership of its HGTV and Food Network brands, lifting lifestyle programming veteran Courtney White to president of Food Network. White, who formerly served as EVP and GM of ...
November 19, 2018

Discovery has shuffled the senior leadership of its HGTV and Food Network brands, lifting lifestyle programming veteran Courtney White to president of Food Network.

White, who formerly served as EVP and GM of HGTV and Food Network, will relocate from Knoxville, Tennessee, to New York to focus entirely on the broadcaster’s food brands. She will report to Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery.

Allison Page, previously president of HGTV and Food Network, will continue to lead HGTV while also working closely alongside Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines as their recently announced network venture with Discovery takes shape. Based in Knoxville, Page will also report to Finch.

White, meanwhile, was elevated to the top post, alongside Page, at HGTV and Food Network in April. In the months since, she’s been responsible for shepherding original programming ideas, identifying new talent and general program development for the networks.

Prior to her post as EVP and GM of HGTV and Food Network, White served as SVP of programming for Travel Channel, as well as VP of program development and production for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. She has launched several successful series for HGTV, including Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Hawaii LifeCaribbean Life and Selling Spelling Manor. 

White joined Scripps Networks Interactive (now Discovery, Inc.) in 2005 from Working Dog Productions, where she served as director of development and senior producer. There, she developed HBO’s Emmy-nominated Dealing Dogs, National Geographic Channel’s Living with Exotics and PBS’s The Adirondacks.

“Courtney has been instrumental to the growth of both Food Network and HGTV, turning talented home experts and everyday chefs into treasured, household names,” said Finch in a statement. “With her strategic eye on Food Network and Allison’s on HGTV, we’ll ensure these iconic brands continue to delight our passionate fans and maximize their unique value to our advertising and affiliate partners.”

“It’s been gratifying to work alongside Courtney to develop compelling shows with endearing hosts that have made these brands so beloved,” added Page. “Her creative genius and deep understanding of our audience make her an incredible leader in this business, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.”

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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