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Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) was an American mass media company, which was formed on July 1, 2008 through the spin-off of the E. W. Scripps Company's cable television networks and online assets. It was the owner of several major factual television cable channels, including Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and DIY Network, and operated or held stakes in localized international versions of these brands. SNI also owned Polish broadcaster TVN, and a stake in the British channel group UKTV with BBC Worldwide.

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.
Public
Industry
  • Broadcasting
  • Digital media
Fate Acquired by Discovery, Inc.
Predecessor E. W. Scripps Company
Founded July 1, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-07-01)
Defunct March 6, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-03-06)
Headquarters Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Key people
  • Kenneth W. Lowe (Chairman, President & CEO)
  • Burton Jablin (President, Scripps Networks)
Revenue Increase US$ 2.5 billion (2013)[1]
Increase US$ 958.5 million (2013)[1]
Decrease US$ 683 million (2013)[1]
Total assets Increase US$ 4.4 billion (2013)[1]
Total equity Increase US$ 2.1 billion (2013)[1]
Number of employees
2,200 (2013)[1]
Website www.scrippsnetworks.com

SNI was headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. The company had additional office locations in New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Chevy Chase, Maryland; Atlanta; Detroit; Nashville; Cincinnati; and offices in São Paulo (Brazil), London (UK) and Singapore.

On July 31, 2017, Discovery, Inc. (then known as Discovery Communications) announced its intent to acquire SNI. After receiving approval from the United States Department of Justice and European Commission, the sale was completed on March 6, 2018.

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HistoryEdit

In 1994, Scripps acquired the Knoxville-based Cinetel Productions to serve as a production base for a new home lifestyle-oriented cable network, which would eventually launch in December as HGTV. Scripps later acquired a stake in the Food Network, and launched a spin-off of HGTV known as DIY Network.[2][3][4]

On July 1, 2008, Scripps spun out its cable networks and online properties as a new, publicly-traded company known as Scripps Networks Interactive. The split was performed to reduce the financial burden of Scripps' broadcast television and print assets on its profitable cable network properties.[5][6][4]

The company acquired a majority interest in the Travel Channel from Cox Communications for a reported $975 million in late 2009,[7] and the following year rebranded Fine Living Network as Cooking Channel.

In April 2011, the company announced the sale of Shopzilla to Symphony Technology Group for $165 million. From within its Travel Channel unit, Scripps also invested in Oyster.com, a hotel research and booking site.[8]

In 2011, Virgin Media agreed to sell its 50% stake in UKTV to Scripps Networks Interactive for $495 million (£339 million).[9] Completion of the transaction was contingent on regulatory approvals in Ireland and Jersey, which was received on October 3, 2011.[10]

On March 22, 2012, Scripps Networks Interactive announced that it had agreed to pay £65m (US$102.7m) to acquire Travel Channel International Limited (TCI), the UK-based broadcaster that ran travel-themed television channels under the Travel Channel brand across the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific markets, but had no connection with the American television channel of the same name until that time.[11] The deal was completed on May 1, 2012 following regulatory approval.[12] The channels ran by TCI were rebranded after the American channel since then.

On December 11, 2012 One Kings Lane, a home decor website, announced that Scripps Networks Interactive had invested in its Series D financing. The company invested $15M in exchange for a 3% equity stake in the company.[13]

In May 2013, Scripps Networks Interactive announced that it would open a Brazilian headquarters, in São Paulo,[14] and had appointed the former vice-president of strategy of Fox as managing director,[15] broadcasting its channels to the entire Latin America region.[14]

On June 5, 2013, the company launched ulive, a digital-only lifestyle video brand that combined video content from the company's media brands with third-party videos and original series. Later rebranded as Lifeestyle Studios, his video portal and distribution network expanded on the company's food, home and travel verticals, adding coverage for topics including parenting and wellness.[16]

By way of its acquisition of Polish company N-Vision, Scripps Networks Interactive gained a 52.7% controlling interest in Polish broadcaster TVN in March 2015 for $615.3 million (€584 million) from ITI Group and French media giant Vivendi.[17][18] The company bought out TVN's remaining owners, ITI Group and Canal+ Group in July 2015.[19]

On May 3, 2017, Scripps acquired millennial-targeted food website Spoon University, which in turn became part of Discovery when that company acquired Scripps.[20]

Acquisition by DiscoveryEdit

On July 31, 2017, Discovery Communications announced that it would acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for $14.6 billion in a cash and stock deal.[21] Discovery will establish an operational hub in Knoxville, but the company also announced plans to relocate its worldwide headquarters from Silver Spring, Maryland to New York City in 2019.[22]

On February 6, 2018, the European Commission approved the deal. Since Liberty Global, which operates pay television services in Poland under the UPC Polska brand, is a major shareholder in Discovery Communications, the EU required that Discovery ensure the continued availability of TVN24 and TVN24 BiS to third-party television providers.[23][24]

The purchase was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice on February 27, 2018,[25] and was closed on March 6, 2018 (with Discovery Communications also renaming itself Discovery Inc.).[26] SNI's chief programmer Kathleen Finch was retained as Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer of Discovery, overseeing the former SNI channels, as well as Discovery lifestyle networks such as TLC.[27]

AssetsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Susan Packard of HGTV and Scripps Networks Interactive shares advice at Business Women First event". Albuquerque Business First. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Scripps spins off interactive company". Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved 2017-11-22. 
  6. ^ Staff, Edit (2007-10-16). "E.W. Scripps to Split in Two; Scripps Networks Interactive to be Spun Off to Shareholders". Gigaom. Retrieved 2017-11-22. 
  7. ^ Yarow, Jay (November 5, 2009). "Scripps Picks Up The Travel Channel In $975 Million Deal". Business Insider. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Travel Channel Invests in Oyster.com". The New York Times. April 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ Szalai, Georg (April 29, 2016). "UKTV: Future of Scripps, BBC Joint Venture in Focus". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Scripps Networks Interactive and Virgin Media Complete UKTV Transaction". MarketWatch. 3 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Scripps buys Travel Channel Int'l". C21Media. 22 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Scripps Networks Interactive completes Travel Channel International acquisition". New York Times. 1 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Home Decor Ecommerce Company One Kings Lane Raises $50M From Scripps Networks, IVP, Kleiner, Greylock". 11 December 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Kimenez, Keila. "Chega ao Brasil nova programadora de TV paga". Folha de S. Paulo. Folha.com. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Scripps Networks contrata Márcio Fonseca como "managing director"". Tela Viva. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Scripps Networks Interactive Debuts ulive Video Site". 13 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Scripps buys majority stake in TVN". C21media. March 16, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Scripps Networks Interactive sfinalizował przejęcie TVN". Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  19. ^ Dickens, Andrew (July 2, 2015). "Scripps completes TVN purchase". C21media. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Scripps Networks to buy Spoon University in online push". Reuters. 
  21. ^ Szalai, Georg (July 31, 2017). "Discovery to Acquire Scripps Networks for $14.6 Billion". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  22. ^ Steinberg, Brian (January 9, 2018). "Discovery Communications to Shift Headquarters to New York City". Variety. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Case M.8665 – Discovery / Scripps" (PDF). European Commission. February 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  24. ^ "European Commission Clears Discovery Deal to Buy Scripps". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-07. 
  25. ^ "Discovery Gets Justice Department Clearance to Buy Scripps". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-07. 
  26. ^ Szalai, Georg (March 6, 2018). "Discovery Closes Scripps Acquisition, Creating Non-scripted Content Giant". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  27. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 1, 2018). "Rich Ross Out At Discovery In Exec Shakeup; Scripps' Kathleen Finch Adds To Oversight". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 2, 2018.