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Discovery’s Kathleen Finch to keynote at Realscreen Summit 2020

Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery Inc., will be featured in a keynote conversation at the upcoming 2020 edition of the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans on January ...
July 23, 2019

Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery Inc., will be featured in a keynote conversation at the upcoming 2020 edition of the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans on January 28.

In her role, Finch oversees the management oversight of HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country and the company’s Digital Studios Group in the U.S. Previously, Finch was chief programming, content & brand officer for all six Scripps Networks including all linear and digital media brands. She was promoted to this position in August of 2015 after serving as president of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.

During her tenure as president of the three Home Category brands, Finch led the networks to record ratings and revenues. She launched such notable talent-driven series as Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Ellen’s Design Challenge featuring Ellen DeGeneres, The Property Brothers, Love It or List It, The Vanilla Ice Project and DIY Network Blog Cabin, the first ever interactive home renovation series produced on-air and online. Before joining HGTV, Finch spent seven years at the Food Network as senior vice president of primetime programming where she introduced long-running series such as Unwrapped, Food Network Challenge and Ace of Cakes. Most recently at Discovery, Finch has led the cross-company initiative behind A Very Brady Renovation, HGTV’s series chronicling the full-scale overhaul of the iconic Brady Bunch House, and supported by numerous Discovery networks and talent.

For her keynote conversation at the Summit, Kathleen Finch will share her thoughts on how her role has evolved following the Discovery/Scripps merger, how the company itself has evolved and her take on the trends impacting the non-fiction screen content industry, and the television industry at large.

For more information on the upcoming edition of the Summit, taking place from January 27-30 in New Orleans, click here.

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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