Scripps Networks Interactive
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Kathleen Finch was named chief programming, content and brand officer of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for content creation, scheduling and marketing across all six of Scripps’ networks in the United States.
Since 2013, Finch had served as president for three Scripps Networks Interactive lifestyle cable networks – HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. She was responsible for the on-air programming and scheduling, as well as management of its associated websites and related digital properties. In addition, she oversaw the development of the HGTV HOME™ brand of consumer products and HGTV Magazine, a joint venture with Hearst Publishing.
Prior to being named president, Finch was senior vice president/general manager of HGTV and DIY Network. Under her leadership, the two networks achieved record-breaking ratings and revenue. Finch launched such notable talent-driven series as The Property Brothers, Love it or List it, Yard Crashers, The Vanilla Ice Project and DIY Network Blog Cabin, the first-ever interactive home renovation series produced on air and online.
Before joining HGTV and DIY Network, Finch spent seven years at Food Network as senior vice president of primetime programming. At Food Network, Finch created numerous long-running hit series including Unwrapped, Food Network Challenge and Semi-Homemade -- launching the careers of many top Food Network stars. Finch's programming influence is evident across all six Scripps networks, each having aired series she created.
Prior to joining Scripps Networks in 1999, Finch was a journalist working in both broadcast and print. She spent 12 years as a CBS Network News producer, traveling the world to cover breaking news and events in diverse locations such as Cuba and the U.K. In addition, she worked as a freelance writer and columnist for national magazines including SmartMoney and Cosmopolitan.
Finch was named a "Woman to Watch" by both WICT and Multichannel News; one of the most powerful women in cable by Cablefax; featured in Broadcasting & Cable's "Salute to Women Who Make a Difference;" and named one of "100 Industry Innovators to Watch" by Time magazine. She completed the CTAM Executive Management Program and WICT's Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and was a member of the inaugural class of WICT's Senior Executive Summit at Stanford. She is a graduate of Stanford University.