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Food Network

This article is about the US channel. For the Australian

channel, see Food Network (Australia). For the defunct
UK channel with a similar name, see Carlton Food
Network. For the unrelated website, see The Food

Food Network (legally known as Television Food Net-

work) is an American basic cable and satellite televi-
sion channel that is owned by Television Food Network,
G.P., a joint venture between Scripps Networks Interac-
tive (which owns 70% of the network) and the Tribune Former logo, used from 1997 to 2003.
(FN) Cable Ventures Inc. (which owns the remaining
30%). Despite this ownership structure, the channel is
managed as a division of Scripps Networks Interactive.
of Emeril), Debbi Fields, Donna Hanover, David Rosen-
The channel airs both specials and regular episodic pro-
garten, Curtis Aikens, Dr. Louis Arrone, Jacques Ppin,
grams about food and cooking.
and Robin Leach. The following year, the network ac-
In addition to its headquarters in New York City, Food quired the rights to the Julia Child library from WGBH.
Network has oces in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Fran-
In 1995, Schonfeld resigned as managing director of the
cisco, Chicago, Detroit, Jersey City, Cincinnati, and
network, but remained on its board until 1998, when he
Knoxville, Tennessee.
sold his interest in the company to Scripps. Erica Gruen
As of February 2015, Food Network is available to was hired as president/CEO of the network in 1996, be-
approximately 96,931,000 pay television households coming only the second woman in history to be CEO of a
(83.3% of households with television) in the United U.S. television network, and led it to explosive growth
States.[1] through 1998, tripling the subscriber base, viewership
and revenue. In fact, in 1997, it was the second fastest
growing cable network. Gruen changed the brand posi-
tioning from Schonfelds TV for people who cook to
1 History TV for everyone who loves to eat, thereby greatly im-
proving the appeal to viewers and advertisers, and sav-
Food Network was founded on April 19, 1993 as TV ing the network from bankruptcy. Greg Willis and Cathy
Food Network and was launched on November 22 Rasenberger were the two of the original members of the
of that year; its legal name remains Television Food start-up team who led the aliate sales and marketing of
Network, G.P. Within a few years, the network had the company from 1995 to 1998. Greg Willis served as
shortened its on-air brand name by removing the TV senior vice president of worldwide distribution until he
from its name. It was developed by Reese Schonfeld left to join Liberty Media in 1998.
(one of the founders of CNN), under the direction of
Providence Journal president Trygve Myrhen. Its original The A. H. Belo Corporation acquired Food Network
partners included the Journal itself, Adelphia, Scripps- when it purchased The Providence Journal Company in
Howard, Continental Cablevision, Cablevision, and most 1996. Myrhen left the Journal Company the following
importantly, the Tribune Company, which provided the year. Belo sold the network to the E. W. Scripps Com-
networks technical output. The network was initially pany in 1997, in a trade deal that resulted in Belo acquir-
launched as a preview in September 1993 with two initial ing the television-radio station combination of KENS-
shows featuring David Rosengarten, Donna Hanover, and AM/TV in San Antonio, Texas. In March 2009, the Food
Robin Leach. Network launched a repurposed as a book-
marking site that allows users to aggregate and search for
Schonfeld, who was also a partner in the company, was recipes from dierent sources online.
appointed as managing director of TV Food Network
and maintained a spot on its management board along The 1080i high denition simulcast feed of Food Net-
with two Providence Journal employees. The original work launched on March 31, 2008.
lineup for the network included Emeril Lagasse (Essence Food Network was rst launched outside of North Amer-


Emeril Live!, which became the channels signature series.

Although Batali has moved on to other endeavours, Flay
still appears regularly on many programs, including Iron
Chef America, the channels well-received remake of the
original Japanese series. Iron Chef Americas host, Alton
Brown, gained a cult following for his Good Eats, which
mixed science, cooking and o-beat humor.
In 2002, Food Network made an appeal to the home
cook by adding Paulas Home Cooking, hosted by Paula
Deen. Home Cooking focused mostly on Southern cui-
sine and comfort food. The show took overly complicated
recipes and classic dishes and broke them down for the
home cook. The show did increasingly well, and Deen
revamped the show in a series called Paulas Best Dishes.
In this series, friends and family members would join her
in the kitchen and put a twist on classics and introduce
new recipes. In June 2013, Food Network announced that
they were not renewing Deens contract due to publicity
Food Network logo used from 2003 to 2013. In 2013, a new about her racial remarks revealed in a lawsuit brought on
version of this logo was introduced with a dierent font. by a former worker.[7]
Currently, the channels biggest cross-over star is Rachael
ica in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2009, and in Ray, who has parlayed her cable following (primarily
Asia on July 5, 2010 (on StarHub TV channel 433 and in through the series 30 Minute Meals and $40 a Day) into a
HD on channel 468).[2] Since the UK launch on Novem- syndicated talk show and merchandise lines of cookware
ber 9, 2009 on Sky,[3] the channel has been added to the and kitchen ingredients.
Freesat,[4] Freeview[5] and Virgin Media platforms.[6] Beginning in 2005, an annual reality contest, The Next
Food Network Star, brought viewers to New York City
to compete for their own show on the channel. Pre-
2 Programming vious winners include Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh
(Party Line with The Hearty Boys), Guy Fieri (Guys Big
Bite, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy O the Hook, Ul-
Further information: List of programs broadcast by the
timate Recipe Showdown, Guys Big Night, Guys Family
Food Network
Feast, Guys Grocery Games), Amy Finley (The Gourmet
Next Door), Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Big Daddys House),[8]
Food Network programming is divided into a daytime Melissa d'Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners), and Aarti Se-
block known as Food Network in the Kitchen and queira (Aarti Party).[9] For the 2010 season, production
a primetime lineup branded as Food Network Night- of The Next Food Network Star was relocated to Los
time. Generally, In the Kitchen is dedicated to in- Angeles. It has become the networks agship show.
structional cooking programs, while Nighttime fea- For most of its 12-year run, season nales of the show
tures food-related entertainment programs, such as cook- have been followed by lead-out shows the network deems
ing competitions, food-related travel shows, and reality has great potential and will draw even more viewers.
shows. Promos identify Food Network Nighttime pro- These consist of either premieres of new shows, season
gramming but not In the Kitchen daytime program- premieres of continuing shows, or episodes of continu-
ming. Many of the channels personalities routinely pull ing shows that are signicant to the schedule. For in-
double-duty (or more) hosting both daytime and night- stance, the twelfth-season nale of Star was followed by
time programming and the channel regularly oers an episode of a potential blockbuster series, Cooks vs.
specials which typically either follow its personalities on Cons.
working vacations, or bring together a number of per-
In December 2007, The New York Times business sec-
sonalities for a themed cooking event. Food Network
tion published an article on the end of Emeril Lagasses
airs infomercials on Sundays from 4:00 to 9:30 a.m. ET,
show Emeril Live, and quoted Brooke Johnson, the presi-
Monday through Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:30 a.m. ET,
dent, as saying that Lagasse remains a valued member of
and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 7:00 a.m. ET.
the Food Network family.[10] Derek Baine, senior ana-
The UK channel has a teleshopping window from 03.00
lyst at the media research rm SNL Kagan, is reported to
to 06.00 (UK time GMT/BST as applicable) daily.
have commented, Its not surprising that people move
Mario Batali and Bobby Flay joined the network in 1995. on... They pay almost nothing for the people as they
In 1996, Erica Gruen, the networks CEO, and Joe Lang- are building their careers... Thats been their strategy all
han, an executive producer at the Food Network, created
3.2 UK and international 3

along. The article also commented on the declining pop- 3.2 UK and international
ularity of the Food Network whose daily ratings were re-
ported had fallen to an average of 544,000 people from In accordance with an agreement between Scripps and
580,000 a year [earlier]". It noted, More signicant, Chellomedia, Food Network programs started to air in-
its signature weekend block of instructional programs, ternationally in the fourth quarter of 2009 in the United
known collectively as 'In the Kitchen,' has lost 15 percent Kingdom and then in other markets in early 2010.[16]
of its audience in the last year, to 830,000 viewers on av-
erage. This had left the network owing refunds, known Food Network UK initially launched on the Sky platform
as 'make goods,' to advertisers. Erica Gruen, president as a free-to-air channel, joined by a +1 hour timeshift,
and CEO of the Food Network from 19961998 who cre- taking the channel slots vacated by the closure of Real Es-
ated Emeril Live during her tenure, was reported to have tate TV. (Following Scripps acquisition of Travel Chan-
blamed the decline on increased competition, Theres nel International, the four channel positions on Sky were
all sorts of instructional cooking video on the Web.[10] reordered to move Food Network up the grid.) Food Net-
But it reported that, Bob Tuschman, Food Networks se- work and +1 were subsequently also made available on the
nior vice president for programming and production, said Freesat satellite platform.
the weekend ratings drop was 'nothing we haven't antici- On terrestrial service Freeview, initially a four-hour
pated'. He said the networks ratings in that time period primetime evening bloc was acquired, sharing capacity
grew by double digits in each of the last four years, growth with channels including Create and Craft; subsequently
that could not be sustained.[10] It also wrote, About a Food Network relocated to its own full-day service, with
year ago, the Food Network began aggressively trying to the four-hour berth used to bring Travel Channel to DTT.
change that with new deals that were 'way more onerous (Travel has since itself moved to all-day operation, with
from the stars point of view, said a person who has been the evening hours now absorbed into Create & Craft.)
aected by the changing strategy, by insisting on a stake Scripps subsequently signed a carriage deal with Virgin
in book deals and licensing ventures, and control over out- Media to bring Food Network and Travel Channel to the
side activities.[10] cable platform (in Travels case this was a re-addition fol-
lowing its earlier removal from the cable platform.)

3 Carriage 4 Food Network video game

3.1 US station Red Fly Studio developed a video game for the Wii con-
sole in partnership with Food Network called Cook or
On January 1, 2010, HGTV and Food Network were Be Cooked. The game, which was published by Namco
removed from cable provider Cablevision, which oper- Bandai Games and was released on November 3, 2009,
ates systems serving areas surrounding New York City. simulates real cooking experiences.[17][18] Players can
Scripps removed HGTV and Food Network from Cable- also try out the recipes featured on the game. There is
vision following the expiration of the companys carriage also a video game based on Iron Chef America entitled
contract on December 31, 2009; Cablevision and Scripps Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine.
had been in negotiations for several months to agree on
a new contract, but no progress had been made. The
discontinuance of Food Network from Cablevision led
the channel to make arrangements with Tribune-owned
CW aliates WPIX in New York City and WTXX in
5 Food Network around the world
Hartford, Connecticut to broadcast a special episode of
Iron Chef America with First Lady Michelle Obama on Some countries have their own Food Network. Exam-
January 10, 2010, after that episode enjoyed high rat- ples include: Food Network Canada, Food Network Asia,
ings on its January 3 cable premiere.[11] On January 21,and Food Network Europe. In the second half of 2014,
2010, Cablevision and Scripps reached an agreement that Food Network Brazil began broadcasting with programs
resulted in Food Network and HGTV being restored on fully dubbed in Portuguese and optional subtitles.[19] On
Cablevisions systems that day.[12] February 1, 2015, Food Network launched on Australian
A similar carriage dispute with AT&T U-verse resulted IPTV service Fetch TV.[20][21] Food Network South
in Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, DIY Net- America began broadcasting in March, 2015 with full
work, and Great American Country being dropped by Spanish dubbed programs.
the provider on November 5, 2010;[13] the dispute was A localised free-to-air Australian version was launched on
resolved two days later, on November 7, 2010, after the 17 November 2015, owned by SBS which has a licensing
two parties reached a new carriage agreement.[14][15] and programming output arrangement with Scripps.[22]

6 Television Food Network, G.P. [14] Food Network, HGTV, Back on U-verse, Chicago Tri-
bune, November 7, 2010
In 2011, Scripps requested to add its Cooking Channel, [15] AT&T U-verse, Scripps Reconnect on Carriage Contract,
formerly Fine Living Network, to the partnership and Tri- MultiChannel News, November 7, 2010
bune agreed. With the Cooking Channel considered to be
worth $350 million, Tribune would need to add an addi- [16] Scripps, Chello to launch Food Network overseas. Busi-
tional capital.[23] ness Courier of Cincinnati. October 5, 2009.

[17] Nelson, Randy (April 30, 2009). Joystiq impressions:

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked.
7 See also [18] Brion, Raphael (October 22, 2009). Upcoming:
Food Networks Cook or Be Cooked Video Game.
Food Network (Canada)

Food Network (Australia) [19], Vc Faz, Au-

gust 31, 2014.
List of programs broadcast by the Food Network
[20] Knox, David (December 9, 2014). Fetch TV adds BBC
The Food Network Awards First. TV Tonight. Retrieved December 19, 2014.

[21] Perry, Kevin (December 9, 2014). Big Blow for Foxtel as

they Lose Exclusive Rights for Premium Drama Channel
8 References BBC First. Nelbie. Retrieved December 19, 2014.

[1] Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). List of how many [22] Knox, David (22 October 2015). Food Network to
homes each cable network is in as of February 2015. TV launch on SBS November 17. TV Tonight. Retrieved
by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 23 October 2015.

[2] Food Business News: Schroeder, Eric Food Network to [23] Brickley, Peg. (February 14, 2011)Tribune Seeks to Keep
launch in international markets November 4, 2009. (Reg- Food Network Stake. Wall Street Journal. Accessed on
istration required to view entire article.) August 26, 2013.

[3] Food Network coming to Sky. Digital Spy. October 6,

9 External links
[4] Food Network launches on Freesat. Digital Spy. De-
cember 14, 2009. Ocial website
[5] Food Network to launch on Freeview. Digital Spy. July Food Network Canada
6, 2011.
Food Network Europe
[6] Food Network, Travel Channel come to Virgin Media
TV. Digital Spy. June 19, 2013. Food Network South Africa
[7] Paula Deen Dropped by Food Network After Racial Slur Food Network UK
Controversy. People Magazine. June 21, 2013. Re-
trieved April 3, 2014. SBS Food Network Australia
[8] Aaron McCargo, Jr.. Archived from the original on
2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-07-28.

[9] Slezak, Michael (August 16, 2010). "'Next Food Net-

work Star' season nale recap: And the winner is....
Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 16, 2010.

[10] Changing Courses at the Food Network, New York Times,

December 17, 2007

[11] Wall Street Journal: Scripps to Oer Free Show In Fight

With Cablevision, January 6, 2010. (Subscription re-
quired to view entire article.)

[12] Scripps, Cablevision Deal Returns Food Network, HGTV

to Subscribers, The Wrap, January 21, 2010

[13] AT&Ts U-verse Drops Food Network, HGTV and Other

Scripps Networks, Chicago Tribune, November 5, 2010

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