Discovery has named Allison Page, President, HGTV and Food Network. Courtney White has been upped to EVP, HGTV and Food Network, reporting to Page. In addition, Discovery has added Travel Channel to executive Henry Schleiff’s portfolio of networks, effective immediately. The moves are part of the restructuring following the company’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and fall under the leadership of Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer Kathleen Finch.
“HGTV and Food Network are passion brands that nourish superfans like no others can, and the creative leaders behind them are a big part of their recipe for success,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery, Inc. “This team has discovered talented home experts and everyday chefs and made them treasured, household names. I look forward to what Allison and Courtney will do next, under Kathleen’s expert leadership, to strengthen our newly expanded family of lifestyle brands.”
Page oversees all programming and development for HGTV and Food Network, as well as their related passion brands DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. Previously, she served as General Manager of HGTV, DIY Network, Great American Country and Travel Channel. Under her leadership, series such as Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and Brother vs. Brother garnered record ratings for HGTV. She has also served as SVO of Programming and Development for Food Network and Cooking Channel. She is based in Knoxville.
Also based in Knoxville, White is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas, identifying new on-air talent and general program development for the networks.
As Group President, Schlieff is now responsible for driving the success and expansion of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. The announcement was made by Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, to whom Schleiff will continue to report.
Under Schleiff’s leadership, Investigation Discovery has gone from #43 to the #1 network in ad supported cable for W25-54 and the #2 network for P25-54 in just eight years.
“I’ve long admired Henry’s ability to build incredible brands and the success he’s achieved with Investigation Discovery is nothing short of remarkable,” said Finch. “Bringing together the best-in-class teams at ID and Travel under one umbrella provides a unique opportunity to leverage the strengths of both groups under the leadership of an industry legend.”
“Henry is a programming genius as evidenced by his making ID the biggest success story of the last 10 years,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery, Inc. “He brings his passion to succeed, showmanship and, of course, his sense of humor to all and we are lucky to have him take on this new opportunity.”