Scripps Networks Interactive has elevated Derek Chang (pictured) to the newly created post of head of international lifestyle channels.
In his new position, Chang will be charged with driving the strategic direction for the company’s international lifestyle channels while continuing to oversee the broadcasters’ operations in the Asia-Pacific region where he is currently MD.
Chang will continue to report to Jim Samples, president of international, when he relocates to the firm’s London offices in July. Phillip Luff, MD of UK and EMEA, and Eduardo Hauser, MD of Latin America and the Caribbean, will now report directly to Chang.
Since joining the company in 2013, Chang has led the integration of Asian Food Channel into Scripps’ portfolio while also launching HGTV throughout the Asia-Pacific territory where it became the top-rated lifestyle channel in Singapore. In addition, Chang forged the network’s free-to-air entry strategy into Australia, which resulted in the supplemental launch of SBS Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel programming blocks on 9Life.
Before joining Scripps, Chang served as executive VP of content strategy and development at DirecTV, responsible for all content acquisition, original productions and programming operations.
Prior to this, he held senior executive roles at Charter Communications, The Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network, GlobalCenter and TCI Communications/AT&T Broadband. He also served on the Board of Directors of Starz in 2013.
“We have a world class international senior leadership team driving the growth and expansion of Scripps Networks Interactive’s international business,” said Samples in a statement. “Derek’s appointment to head up the regional teams headquartered in London, Singapore and Miami reflects our commitment to building out our lifestyle channel portfolio across the globe.”