TVN hit by one-off acquisition costs

Polish broadcaster TVN’s EBITDA for the first three months of the year was hit by one-off costs related to the acquisition of the company by Scripps Networks Interactive, with the reported figure of PLN59 million (€14.6 million), 38% down on the figure for 2014. TVN said an increase to PLN16 million in the share of […]

Scripps makes two European hires

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has recruited former Disney and Sony exec Ross Hair to run its affiliate sales and ad sales across its UK and Europe operations. Hair becomes senior VP, commercial, for Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, working across the Food Network, Travel Channel and Fine Living pay TV channels. SNI has also […]

Snapchat signs up TV partners for Discover launch

Mobile messaging service Snapchat has partnered with a host of major TV broadcasters and publishers to launch a new in-app feature called Snapchat Discover.  Discover will let Snapchat users explore stories from different professional editorial teams. Media partners already signed up to the service including National Geographic, Vice Media, Yahoo News, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN […]

Scripps appoints former Discovery exec Bellini

Scripps Networks Interactive has appointed former Discovery executive Barbara Bellini to head up the operational side of its programme distribution division. Bellini becomes vice-president of commercial affairs and operations, programme distribution, international, and will report to Scripps Networks International’s chief financial officer, Simone Nardi. The lifestyle and entertainment channel operator took its programme sales function […]

Travel Channel launches on Blizoo Macedonia

Scripps Networks’ Travel Channel has launched in Macedonia on Telekom Austria-owned cable network Blizoo Macedonia. The move means that Travel Channel will be available to all Blizoo Macedonia subscribers with a  basic digital TV package, joining existing Scripps channels Fine Living and Food Network HD. Travel Channel shows available to Macedonian viewers will include World’s […]

Fairbairn exits as Scripps takes channels in-house

Kathy Fairbairn, the director of programming for Food Network and Fine Living and the former JimJam boss, has exited AMC Networks after the channels’ owner, Scripps Network Interactive, took its operation back in-house. The Scripps channels had been operated by Chello Zone, the channel operator that was part of Chellomedia, which was acquired by AMC […]

Scripps creates new distribution arm

Channel operator Scripps Networks International has created a new distribution division, which will make its market debut at MIPCOM with a 1,200 hour slate. Scripp’s veteran Hud Woodle will run the new unit as vice president, international program licensing and distribution. Based in New York, he will report to company CFO Simone Nardi. “As Scripps […]

M7 Group takes Scripps channels in Hungary

Pay TV operator M7 Group has signed a deal with Scripps Networks in include Food Network and Fine Living on its Hungarian MMDS channel bouquet. With Travel Channel already part of the programming line-up on the MMDS service, the M7 Group’s MMDS channel bouquet, will become the first TV offering in Hungary to include all […]

Scripps appoints multi-platform video exec

Scripps Networks Interactive has upped former NBC Universal exec and existing Scripps staffer, Sameer Deen, to senior vice president of multi-platform distribution and strategy. Deen, who was previously founder and president of CityEats, a digital business company that Scripps Networks Interactive recently sold, will be responsible for digital distribution activities, reporting to executive vice president […]

Scripps makes channels available on TVPlayer

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has concluded a licensing deal with  Simplestream-owned UK free streaming app TVPlayer for channels Food Network and Travel Channel and their plus-one-hour variants. The addition of the channels take the TVPlayer offering to 40 channels. The latter plans to license more channels over the summer and claims to have more […]