Kathleen Finch assumed the newly created role of Chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, at Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. in April 2022. The new consolidated organization comprises close to 30 US networks that delivered more than 138 million total viewers on average per month in 2022, with six of them ranking among the top 10 cable networks for the year. Networks in Finch’s group include: TBS, TNT, Discovery, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, OWN, TRVL, TCM and others that together in 2022 accounted for nearly 31% of all P25-54/P18-49 primetime cable viewing and outperformed competitors with 17 of the top 30 top-rated unscripted freshman series in primetime. She also leads the Digital Lifestyle Studios Group which is responsible for producing video and social content.
Following Discovery’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2018, Finch was named Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer and led the company’s portfolio of 12 lifestyle networks. In 2021, driven by this leading collection of brands, Discovery networks delivered a 21% share of all Pay-TV Primetime viewing by W25-54 and was the #1 Most-Watched Pay TV Portfolio in the US among W25-54, P/W 18-49 and P/W18+.
During 2021, HGTV, ID and Food Network were the Top 3 cable networks in Total Day among W25-54. In 2021 Prime, TLC ranked as the #1 cable network among W25-54, while HGTV and Food were ranked as the #3 and #5 non-sports cable networks in the demo. Finch’s lifestyle group delivered more hit freshman shows among W25-54 than any other network group in 2021.
Finch’s Discovery lifestyle portfolio contained some of the biggest hits on television, including HGTV’s Home Town and Celebrity IOU; Food Network’s Tournament of Champions and Buddy vs. Duff; ID’s On the Case with Paula Zahn and In Pursuit with John Walsh; TRVL’s Ghost Adventures; and the #1 program for women on Sunday nights, TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé franchise.
Prior to Discovery’s acquisition of Scripps Networks, Finch served as Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer for the company’s linear and digital media brands, including HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. She was promoted to this position after serving as President of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. Finch led the networks to record ratings and revenues and launched such notable talent-driven series as Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Ellen’s Design Challenge featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Property Brothers, Love It or List It and DIY Network’s Blog Cabin, the first ever interactive home renovation series produced on-air and online.
Before joining HGTV, Finch spent seven years as Senior Vice President of Programming at Food Network where she developed long-running series such as Unwrapped, Food Network Challenge and Ace of Cakes. Prior to joining Scripps Networks in 1999, Finch worked as a broadcast and print journalist, highlighted by a 12-year career as a CBS Network News producer, traveling the world to cover breaking news and events.
A graduate of Stanford University, Finch received the following honors in 2022: Cablefax 100, Cablefax The Most Powerful Women, Cynopsis Top Women in Media, The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Dealmakers, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and Variety 500. She also has been named a Multichannel News Wonder Woman for 2023. Finch has participated in the CTAM Executive Management Program and the Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, and, among her additional industry awards and honors, she has been named a “Woman to Watch'' by Multichannel News and WICT; one of TIME’s “100 Industry Innovators to Watch,” and was featured in Broadcasting & Cable’s “The Next Wave: B&C’s Annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference.” In addition, Finch also was named Adweek’s Television Executive of the Year in 2018; was an Alliance for Women in Media 2017 honoree and was named WICT’s Woman of the Year in 2016. Finch is a member of The Committee of 200 and the Fast Company Impact Council and serves on the boards of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National Association of Television Program Executives and NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. She resides with her family in New York City.