Kathleen Finch Named General Manager of
Andy Singer promoted to lead DIY Network
September 27, 2010 02:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--HGTV has added Kathleen Finch to its programming
team, naming the TV veteran to the newly created position of senior vice president and general manager of Scripps
Networks’ flagship network. Finch, who has been with Scripps Networks since 1999, previously served as senior
vice president and general manager of DIY Network. Andy Singer will succeed Finch as general manager for DIY
In her new role, Finch will lead all aspects of HGTV’s program development and production. She will work closely
with HGTV president Jim Samples to determine and execute the network’s strategic direction.
“Kathleen has led DIY Network to spectacular success in ratings, revenue and recognition,” said Samples. “Her
track record for developing compelling and entertaining programming is strong, and her addition will solidify HGTV’s
position as America’s leader in home and lifestyle programming.”
Singer served as senior vice president of programming for DIY Network for the last two years, working closely with
Finch to develop popular shows such as Yard Crashers, Rescue Renovation and This New House. The network
also forged high-profile partnerships with the Today show, Major League Baseball and the National Football
“Beyond his expertise in programming, Andy has proven to be an exceptional leader,” said Burton Jablin, executive
vice president, Scripps Networks and president of the company’s Home Category. “His level-headed approach to
management and his objective understanding of our category approach to business will serve DIY Network well.”
Both HGTV and DIY Network have taken proactive steps to fine-tune programming and marketing to remain
relevant to consumers in what has been a challenging housing market.
“Home remains a vital and viable category, at the center of people’s lifestyles,” said Jablin. “The success that both
HGTV and DIY Network have enjoyed results directly from conscious efforts to reflect market realities, ensuring
that the programming remains relevant to how consumers are thinking about ‘home’ in today.”
Finch joined DIY Network from another of Scripps’ powerhouse brands, Food Network, where she was senior
vice president of primetime programming and developed such long-running hits as Unwrapped and Food Network
Challenge. Before joining Scripps Networks, she spent 12 years as a producer for CBS News. Finch also is an
active member of Women in Cable Telecommunications, often serving on WICT panels and participating in
legislative events in Washington, D.C.
Singer joined DIY Network from HGTV, where he was vice president of original programming and supervised hit
series and specials including My First Place and House Hunters. Prior to arriving at Scripps Networks in 2005, he
was a producer for VH1.
About Scripps Networks
Scripps Networks is the dominant media and marketing company in the home, food and travel & entertainment
categories, developing content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming complements an array of
broadband video, social media and e-commerce components on companion Web sites that attract more than 18
million unique visitors each month. Scripps Networks comprises lifestyle television brands HGTV, DIY Network,
Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and country music network Great American Country (GAC).
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