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Julie Taylor upped to dual senior leadership roles for three Discovery nets

Veteran Discovery executive Julie Taylor has been elevated to dual senior leadership roles overseeing the strategic program planning teams at HGTV, Food Network and Cooking Channel. In the new role, Taylor (pictured) ...
September 18, 2019

Veteran Discovery executive Julie Taylor has been elevated to dual senior leadership roles overseeing the strategic program planning teams at HGTV, Food Network and Cooking Channel.

In the new role, Taylor (pictured) becomes group SVP of U.S. scheduling and program strategy for the three networks. She will now lead the New York- and Knoxville-based programming planning and strategy teams with oversight over linear scheduling for more than 1,450 hours of HGTV, Food Network and Cooking Channel content.

Additionally, she will be tasked with supporting international network teams to ensure Food Network and HGTV programming continues to be distributed worldwide.

Taylor reports into Courtney White, president of Food Network and Cooking Channel, and will work directly alongside HGTV president Jane Latman.

Taylor joined the Scripps Networks Interactive fold (now part of Discovery, Inc.) as a production manager for Scripps Productions in September 2000, where she was charged with overseeing budgets and staffing for specials. In the time since, she has served in a variety of senior scheduling roles across HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Great American Country.

During her tenure at Food Network, Taylor led the scheduling for such hit series as Buddy Vs. Duff and Supermarket Stakeout and led the planning for the network’s forthcoming holiday programming season launching Sept. 23. At HGTV, the executive planned the roll-out of star-studded renovation series A Very Brady Renovation, which scored the network’s highest-rated season premiere when it debuted on Sept. 9, and led scheduling efforts for the premiere of Christina On the Coast, which attracting more than 12 million viewers.

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

“One of the best strategic moves we can make is to put Julie at the helm of the scheduling teams in a cross-network, strategic planning role—developing and overseeing the game plan for both networks,” said White in a statement. “As a masterful listener of the audience, she is instrumental in building night-after-night appointment viewing for top-rated competitions like Worst Cooks in America and the reboot of Restaurant: Impossible, as well as seasonal stunts like this summer’s hit BBQ Brawl: Flay vs Symon.”

“Julie’s keen understanding of our audience makes her an invaluable asset, devising the programming rollouts, stunts and events that keep audiences engaged,” added Latman. “Popular series such as House Hunters, Property Brothers, Love It or List It and Flip or Flop as well as newer series like Home Town, Good Bones and My Lottery Dream Home are among the many top ratings performers bolstered by her skillful approach to program planning. Julie’s leadership in this area is a big part of our long-term strategy.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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