John Lansing has led the Scripps Networks operating division for the past nine years, overseeing Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Great American Country and their related businesses. Scripps said today he is retiring from the post but will continue as a consultant. The company appointed 19-year veteran Burton Jablin to take over after serving as president of Scripps’ home category, which includes HGTV and DIY; Jablin was instrumental in the launch of HGTV in 1994, serving in several roles within the network until becoming its president in 2001. He will be responsible for the management and development of the company’s portfolio of television networks, digital content businesses and all other related operations. Kathleen Finch, formerly SVP and GM of HGTV and DIY, will take over running the home division. During Lansing’s tenure, total annual revenues generated by Scripps’ lifestyle media business tripled from $724 million in 2004 to $2.3 billion in 2012. Revenues for the company’s lifestyle media segment are up another 10% through the first six months of 2013. “It’s to John’s credit that Scripps Networks today is one of the industry’s shining stars, having defined lifestyle media as a content genre for television and the growing array of interactive media platforms”, Kenneth Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of parent Scripps Networks Interactive, said in the release announcing the moves. Lowe said Lansing “had a direct hand” in guiding the leadership succession.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.