In an industry overwelmingly based in L.A. and NYC, Scripps Networks Interactive’s Knoxville home-base has always been an outlier – but one that hasn’t exactly hurt the company’s ability to attract top media talent in recent years (Including its most recent coup in luring New Yorker Henry Ahn away from a nearly 20-year gig at NBCUniversal). Perhaps it’s the dramatically lower cost of living in Knoxville. Perhaps it’s the exciting programming and growth prospects as Scripps continues to push for license fees that better match the value of its nets. Or perhaps it’s just one of the any number of perks Scripps offers, including a generous paternity/maternity leave policy, adoption assistance with paid leave and reimbursement up to $5,000, work/life balance initiatives such as its Summer Hours program, tuition reimbursement up to $4,000 per year, a strong mentoring program and strong inclusion/ diversity programs (The PAR survey consistently recognizes Scripps, and some 25% of its management team are people of color, including the heads of Cooking Channel and Travel Channel). If you’re a media exec who wants to escape the West Coast/ East Coast grind, why not try Tennessee?

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