Solomon Leaving Fine Living

Sep 1, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Ken Solomon has resigned as president of the Scripps-owned Fine Living to pursue “new entrepreneurial opportunities,” according to a statement released by the network Wednesday. Mr. Solomon joined Scripps Networks in 2001 and led the launch of Fine Living in 2002.

When asked what prompted his departure, Mr. Solomon said, “Fortunately, nothing beyond careful planning, the success of having gotten it done and looking at the calendar to see when is the best time to do something like this that would be the least disruptive [to the network].”

The network has grown to 23 million subscribers in two years. Mr. Solomon said the prospect of staying until the network reaches 30 or 40 million wasn’t an incentive.

“Oddly enough, we’re mature in a lot of ways,” Mr. Solomon said. “The brand is established. Getting from 23 to 40, honestly, if you’ve done it the way we’ve done it, it’s literally a calendar issue.”

Mr. Solomon’s previous posts include president of Universal Studios/Studios USA Television and distribution head of Fox Broadcasting. He said he’s not yet had “specific discussions” with potential employers.

“Ken’s entrepreneurial drive, strong vision and management skills proved the ideal combination for developing a fourth, powerful TV brand for Scripps Networks,” said Kenneth Lowe, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Co., parent company of Scripps Networks. “Ken’s unique experience and ability have helped Fine Living surpass our every expectation. We respect Ken’s desire to find his next venture and wish him continued success.”

Also, John MacDonald, senior VP of business operations and acquisitions, has been named acting general manager of Fine Living.