Brooke Johnson, who added a bevy of new formats to the Food Network recipe as president of the Scripps Networks cable outlet, is stepping down.
During a tenure of more than 12 years, Johnson supervised the birth of programs such as “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Food Network Star” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” expanding the Food Network aegis from celebrity chefs to reality programming.
In recent months, the network has experimented with more, including bringing in celebrities like Trisha Yearwood and Valerie Bertinelli to host cooking-demonstration series.
Scripps said an announcement detailing new leadership for Food Network would be made “in the coming days.” Johnson was also president of Scripps’ Cooking Channel.
See More: Valerie Bertinelli’s Recipes Find Place on Food Network’s Evolving Menu Johnson is capping off a storied career that put her in the planning room for such durable TV concepts as History Channel and “Live!
With Regis and Kathie Lee.” She joined Food Network in 2003 after working at A+E Networks, where she launched the Biography Channel and proposed the original concept for History Channel.
Under Johnson and Fogelson, the Food Network has turned in some of its highest ratings ever with an average nightly audience of 1.3 million despite increasing fragmentation and tough competition.
The Cooking Channel spinoff has also been a hit, while the Food Network magazine is drawing readers even as the publishing industry lags.
The flagship network, home to Rachael Ray, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, continues to launch star chefs and Fogelson herself has eight years and counting as a judge on “Next Food Network Star.” The Food Network has two big jobs and is doing both with panache: It’s a power brand and an entertainment destination, with auds that can but don’t need to overlap.Over the past year, it published a digital cookbook and launched a series of well-received apps, and now boasts the top two paid culinary apps on i Tunes. Everybody says they are a brand, but we really are,” says Johnson.“Since food and cooking have evolved into such an important form of connection and expression, Food Network and Cooking Channel have fans who view us as more than just a traditional programming destination.We are a resource and service, part of their everyday. Our audience is very vocal with feedback about their family.I like that many of the faces on our networks have day jobs and businesses beyond our programming.”“The role that marketing plays in our business. Somewhat unique perhaps for brands like Food Network and Cooking Channel, our marketing is not a singular tune-in/ratings play.It’s about varying touch-points and deeper consumer engagement; that creates depth in our connection to fans through any marketing story we set out to tell.”“Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry.