|[May 13, 2014]
Wesley W. Scripps Elected to Scripps Networks Interactive Board of Directors
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
Wesley W. Scripps, an internet entrepreneur and heir to media company
founder Edward Willis Scripps, has been elected to the board of
directors of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI).
Scripps was elected during the company's annual meeting of shareholders
Tuesday, and succeeds John Burlingame, who has retired from the board.
"Scripps Networks Interactive and its shareholders have long benefited
from the steady hand and continuity of leadership that the Scripps
family has provided through the years," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman,
president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive.
"As a member of our board, Wes Scripps ably represents the next
generation of Scripps family members as we work together to guide the
company through a dynamic and ever-changing media landscape."
Wesley Scripps owns and operates Forlio Designs, a web development and
design firm based in Grand Junction, Colorado. As the company's founder,
Scripps leads its web design and development efforts to provide clients
with cutting-edge technology services, search engine optimization, cloud
hosting and information management. Forlio works with a wide range of
companies from multi-million dollar national organizations to small
businesses and start-ups.
Burlingame's retirement culminates a long professional relationship with
te Scripps family and Scripps media companies. He served as a director
of The E.W. Scripps Company for 24 years, retiring from the board of the
Cincinnati-based business in 2012. He has served on the Scripps Networks
Interactive board since the company split from E.W. Scripps on July 1,
"John Burlingame has provided valuable counsel and direction to the
company, the Scripps family, and our public shareholders," Lowe said.
"During his tenure on the board, and thanks in large part to his
leadership, the company has created tremendous value for the benefit of
all of its stakeholders. He will be sorely missed, but we wish him the
very best in retirement."
Wesley Scripps is a graduate of Aims Community College in Greeley,
Colorado, and completed the Leading Edge program on business development
and entrepreneurship at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction.
He resides in Grand Junction with his wife and three children. His
philanthropic work includes service with children's charities Young Life
and Kids Aid, as well as Light Gives Heat, a non-profit that empowers
Africans through education, economic sustainability and creative
"Scripps Networks has carried on the Scripps family's commitment to be
the best in class and has become one of the world's leading producers of
engaging lifestyle video content," Scripps said. "I'm looking forward to
working with the company's management team to explore new opportunities
and strategies to further the innovation of these tremendous brands."
About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of
engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for
television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle
media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV,
DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great
American Country, which collectively reach more than 170 million
consumers each month. Companion websites complement on-air programming
with video and social media that inform and inspire. The company's
global networks reach millions of consumers across North and South
America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks
Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information,
please visit scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.
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