Named President of Food Network in 2004, Brooke Bailey Johnson was elevated in 2010 to head of the entire food category at Scripps which includes Food Network, Cooking Channel, Foodnetwork.com, Cooking Channel TV.com, Food2.com, Recipezaar.com and Enterprises, the new business and licensing and merchandising arm of the company. She had served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Food Network since May 2003. She’s been named one of the most influential women in cable by CableFAX: the Magazine.
Johnson was named Executive Vice President, General Manager of A&E Network in 1997,where she was responsible for the vision, strategic direction, and management of the network. She also launched the Biography Channel, a digital cable network based on the Biography program brand, which was also extended into print, the Internet, radio, and home video. Ad Age magazine named her Cable Marketer of the Year in 1999 in recognition of the overall network brand.
Prior to being named General Manager, Johnson was Senior Vice President of Programming for A&E and History Channel. It was she who proposed the original concept for History Channel and crafted its programming strategy, resulting in the most successful new network launch of the mid-90’s and a distribution base of over 50M subs.
She began at A&E as Senior Vice President of Programming in 1989. Under her direction, the network tripled its ratings over the next ten years, and went from a little known specialty channel to a top ten network in both ratings and brand awareness. Her early commitment to network-owned, original programming resulted in a 1500+ hour library which was the basis for the successful launch of History Channel, Biography Chanel and 16 overseas channels.
Prior to joining A&E, Johnson was Program Director for WABC-TV in New York where she launched first locally and then into national syndication Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. She served in several capacities at WLS-TV, ABC’s Chicago station, including Executive Producer of AM Chicago and Assistant Program Director.
Johnson’s numerous industry affiliations have included the Board of Trustees of the WICT Foundation; the board of the National Association of Television Program Executives; the CTAM Summit Planning Committee; and a founding trustee of Cable Positive, the cable industry AIDS fundraising and awareness organization. She was also one of six cable industry executives selected by the National Cable Television Association to serve as a representative on the TV Parental Guidelines Oversight Monitoring Board. In early 2010, Food Network President Brooke Johnson participated in Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Healthy Children Working Group.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Masters degree from the University’s Medill School of Journalism. She also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business.