Ken Lowe

Title: Chairman, President/CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive

Years in Cable: 17

Education: BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Best Advice: “It’s the People”

John Lansing

Title: President, Scripps Networks

Years in Cable: 8

Education: BA, Bellarmine University

Best Advice: Arrive early, stay late & raise the bar

Why Them? There have been a few bumps in 2011, but overall Lowe and Lansing continue to deliver for shareholders, and said this fall that revenues for the year should rise 10% to 12% over last year. Programming expenses are up, as is promotion, but the executive team at Scripps has enjoyed a solid launch of new programming, as well as continued performance from its core networks. Technology and international growth will be twin pillars of Scripps’ strategy in the year ahead, as well as licensing consumer products. The pair will also shepherd the continued growth of their smaller networks in DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country; seek growth for Scripps Networks’ growing stable of digital properties; and look for opportunities to expand Scripps Networks’ footprint globally.

Early Media Men: Lowe set up his own small radio station when he was only 10 years old. Lansing started his career as a news photographer at age 17 in Paducah, Ky.

Year Ahead: With its strong brands, and a mix of well-distributed and premium networks, Scripps is poised for a strong 2012. Expect some headwinds, but Lowe and Lansing have always been known as skippers who can steer through choppy waters.

Ken Lowe

Favorite meal I can also prepare myself: Texas style Chili

Never put on a hot dog: Mayonnaise

Worst thing I’ve ever heard in a meeting: “We can’t do that”

Starbucks drink: Mocha light

Band I would actually pay to see live: Coldplay

John Lansing

Favorite restaurant: Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain in Midtown Manhattan

Favorite “going out” town: San Francisco

Band I would pay to see live: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Most Played on my iPod: Beatles boxed set

Favorite business and/or motivational book: Good To Great ?

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