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Food Network, Cooking Channel Announce New Programming, Production Leadership

​Mark Levine, Jennifer Quainton and Andrew Schechter


NEW YORK – January 29, 2016 - Three programming execs from within the internal ranks of Food Network and Cooking Channel are taking the lead with new focus, it was announced today by Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming and Development, to whom all three will continue to report. The trio of execs are tasked with bolstering the slate of content for both Food Network and Cooking Channel and include Mark Levine leading Production, Jennifer Quainton overseeing Cooking Channel and Daytime Programming and Andrew Schechter steering all Development.
“Jen, Andrew and Mark are a trifecta of creative strength, I am confident that each will excel in continuing to deliver engaging content,” said O’Hearn. “Together they have already banked more than two decades of experience contributing to the growth and ratings success of both Food and Cooking and I couldn’t be more thrilled that each will have a greater opportunity to shine leading our team within their respective areas of focus. Given the competitive landscape, the team’s new structure will best position us as we continue to deliver top-tier programming.”
Andrew Schechter (Vice President Development, Food Network and Cooking Channel) has most recently developed and overseen hits such as Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, Guy’s Grocery Games as well as February’s forthcoming return of All-Star Academy. Before joining Food Network and Cooking Channel in 2011, Schechter spent five years with Discovery Communications where he managed several of Animal Planet’s specials and pilots, including their popular Puppy Bowl. Andrew has also previously worked as a story producer for the third season of Whale Wars and began his career working for Discovery Kids Network. A magna cum laude graduate of Boston University, Andrew lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
Mark Levine (Vice President Production, Food Network and Cooking Channel) has most recently overseen successful series such as Cutthroat Kitchen, Worst Cooks in America and Food Network Star which is currently shooting its 12th season. Prior to Mark joining the programming team, he served as VP Digital Emerging Brands overseeing and He joined Scripps in 2008 from his SyFy Channel post as Director of Digital Strategy and before that he oversaw digital for The View and ABC Daytime in Los Angeles.  Levine began his career in digital entertainment with Sony Digital and had previously worked in feature film development for producers based at Columbia Pictures, involved in titles such as The People vs. Larry Flynt, Gattaca and High Crimes as well as projects with CBS, MTV and Lifetime. Mark graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Jennifer Quainton (Vice President Cooking Channel and Daytime Programming, Food Network and Cooking Channel) has been with the networks since 2000 and for the last five years been tasked with overseeing the scheduling and development strategy for Cooking Channel.  A few of that network’s most recent successes include Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Tia Mowry at Home and the February 3rd return of Dinner at Tiffani’s starring Tiffani Thiessen. In 2009, Quainton added responsibilities managing both networks VOD strategy, negotiating acquisitions, as well as overseeing all financial and legal matters specific to Cooking Channel programming deals. Quainton’s career achievements and leadership in the cable industry earned her designation to Women in Cable Telecommunications’ 2010 Rising Leaders Program.  She is a graduate of Denison University.
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FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and up to 35 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine's rate base has grown 13 times and is now the third largest monthly magazine on the newsstand, with over 12.4 million readers.  Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (, HGTV (, DIY Network (, Travel Channel ( and Great American Country (, is the manager and general partner.

COOKING CHANNEL ( is an entertainment brand dedicated to today's passionate food lover.  For food people, by food people, Cooking Channel is the answer to a growing hunger for more content devoted to food and cooking in every dimension from global cuisines to international travel, history and unconventional how-to's.  Cooking Channel is part of the media portfolio of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also includes Food Network (, HGTV (, DIY Network (, Travel Channel ( and Great American Country (


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