NEW YORK and KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – April 11, 2018 — Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISK) today announced the promotion of programming veterans Allison Page and Courtney White to top roles for HGTV, Food Network and their supporting brands under 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, a 17-year company veteran and former General Manager of U.S. Programming and Development, has been elevated to the role of President, HGTV and Food Network, while White, formerly Senior Vice President of Programming for Travel Channel, Food Network and Cooking Channel, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, HGTV and Food Network, reporting to Page.
“I couldn’t be prouder to lead this fantastic team of innovative storytellers as we start this new chapter as a combined company with the most beloved real-life entertainment brands in the world,” said Finch. “Allison and Courtney have been instrumental to the growth of these trusted Discovery lifestyle networks. They are amazing creative managers who, time and time again, imagine compelling content for our loyal fans who are passionate about home and food.”
About Allison Page
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 Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for Food Network and Cooking Channel.
Page joined Food Network in 2001 and spent many years developing primetime series for Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri. Known as a key strategist and dynamic leader, she developed hit shows as well as successful sales and digital partnerships. Her efforts were key to Food Network’s record-breaking, double-digit ratings growth and instrumental in the successful launch of Cooking Channel in 2010.
Prior to Food Network, Page was an associate producer at CBS News Sunday Morning. She started her career at CBS News Productions. She is based in Knoxville.
About Courtney White
Also based in Knoxville, White is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas, identifying new on-air talent and general program development for the networks.
White has previously served as Senior Vice President of Programming for Travel Channel, as well as Vice President of Program Development and Production for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. A talented idea generator, she has created and launched several of HGTV’s highest-rated series including: Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Hawaii Life, Caribbean Life and Selling Spelling Manor. She also developed Ellen’s Design Challenge, the highly anticipated Ellen DeGeneres’ competition series that premiered in 2015.
Before joining Scripps Networks Interactive in 2005, White was Director of Development and Senior Producer at Working Dog Productions, where she developed HBO’s Emmy-nominated Dealing Dogs, National Geographic Channel’s Living with Exotics and Designer Dogs, PBS’s The Adirondacks, as well as episodes of Court TV’s Masterminds and History’s Texas: Big America.
HGTV and Food Network finished 2017 among the top ten ad-supported cable networks, while HGTV held its spot as the top channel for upscale women for the 11th consecutive year.
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Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; and digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit www.corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.