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Posts Tagged ‘Scripps Networks Interactive’

Meredith, Scripps Readying Boatload of New Web Series

Interesting piece by New York Times advertising writer and blogger Stuart Elliott. He takes a look at the 2013-14 sponsored Web series battle plans of two very familiar media companies – Meredith and Scripps Networks.

Among the shows coming down the pike are Baby Sleep 911, which will follow a baby sleep consultant into various parents’ homes; Bonkers Awesome!, showcasing food blogger Joy Wilson; and How We Broke the News, featuring couples explaining how they told relatives of their intention to marry.

On the Meredith side, a key hire in support of all this was made in the spring:

A cornerstone of Meredith Originals was the arrival in April of Laura Rowley as vice president for video production and product at the Meredith National Media Group, based in New York. She had been executive producer for original video and partnerships at The Huffington Post.

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Cablevision Customers Get Their Food Network Back

food network.jpgAfter a month of battling over fees, tri-state cable provider Cablevision and Scripps Networks Interactive have reached an agreement, bringing Food Network and HGTV back to three million subscribers yesterday.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but in the last month Food Network president Brooke Johnson said the channel weren’t asking for much. Johnson called the network’s additional fee requests “pennies on top of pennies,” explaining that the Scripps channels were only “trying to correct a historic mistake and be compensated for the value we think we bring to Cablevision’s customers.”

Bloomberg reports that Scripps sought a 200 percent increase to its annual fee for both networks (Food Network previously cost about 8 cents per subscriber per month on average) but Cablevision refused to pay up, claiming the costs would have to be passed on to subscribers.

Food Network and HGTV apologized to viewers for the disruption on Web sites they established during the programming lapse, ILoveFoodNetwork.com and ILoveHGTV.com:

“This has been a trying three weeks for all of us — most of all you, our loyal fans. We know that that many viewers have been disappointed and upset with the circumstances.”

Will Cablevision subscribers see apology commercials on Food Network, too? We’re guessing they’re just happy to have some of their favorite channels back.

Cablevision, Scripps Reach Deal on Food Network, HGTV –Bloomberg

Food Network president on failed Cablevision negotiationsEntertainment Weekly

Previously: Fee Negotiations Drive Food Network, HGTV From Cablevision