Jonathan Sichel is Managing Director of the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations of Scripps Networks International, the global development arm of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI). SNI is a leading developer world-wide of high-profile, lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Fine Living and Asian Food Channel.
Based in London, Jonathan oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s wholly owned and controlled international operations of Food Network, Travel Channel and Fine Living in the UK & EMEA with a focus on expanding channel distribution on television and digital platforms, developing the company’s lifestyle media brands throughout the region, and increasing viewership and revenues.
Most recently, Jonathan served as General Manager of Scripps Network Interactive and was charged with developing distribution strategies for Scripps Networks Interactive in the U.S. and internationally, assisting in digital rights negotiations and contributing to the formulation of the company’s position on government policy as it relates to media industry issues.
Prior to being named General Manager of Scripps, Jonathan was the General Manager of the US-based Travel Channel, leading the company’s vision and direction, including playing a principal role in all aspects of the Travel Channel television network and Travel Channel’s integrated travel media businesses, including programming, international distribution, marketing, finance, business development, and general operations. Prior to his post as GM of Travel Channel, Jonathan was the Senior Vice President of Commercial Affairs and Operations for Travel Channel, managing the business, operational, and legal functions of the company through the integration into Scripps Networks Interactive from Cox.
Before joining Travel Channel, Jonathan was Vice President, Business Affairs at Discovery Communications, where he was responsible for overseeing initiatives for Discovery’s Commerce and Consumer Products, and New Media, Divisions. Jonathan also oversaw programming deals for the company’s domestic and international networks. His professional background has focused on the intersection of traditional and new media, including time as head of entertainment business development at AOL, as SVP of Business Operations for iCAST, and in Business and Legal Affairs at Launch Music (now Yahoo! Music) and E! Entertainment Television. Before entering the media world, Jonathan was an associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps in Los Angeles, where he advised and counseled clients in the Labor and Employment Department.
He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University, where he supervised construction of the world’s longest banana split – which measured 4.39 miles. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He has been an Adjunct Professor at American University and served on the Regional Council of the United Way of the National Capital Area.