StoryScout 2024

Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

HGTV & Food: Dan Salerno’s Program Schedule Analysis & Takeaways For Producers. A Pact Webinar

HGTV and Food Network are among Discovery Networks’ ratings leaders.

  • How are these female-targeted Lifestyle channels adapting to the accelerating shift to the streaming economy?
  • Will Discovery’s channels really order 4,500 new hours in 2023?
  • What do HGTV and Food want from producers?

Veteran programming executive and respected senior consultant Dan Salerno continues his unique, deeply-researched analysis of U.S. network schedules.

This is episode #5 in a series co-produced by Pact, the UK producers’ association in partnership with Documentary Business.

Watch here (30 min)


Here is Dan’s HGTV schedule as featured in the webinar. Don’t be put off by the detail. His message is that “the colors tell the story!”

And here is Dan’s Food Network schedule:

Download the full HGTV & Food Network PPT presentation here.

In the News

  • Read Clive Whittingham’s helpful survey in C21 on Discovery Networks’ US strategy. Click here: TLC in 2023.

What the Channels are Buying!

“Linear still matters!”

That’s the theme of my Pact webinars with Dan on the U.S. channels’ programming strategies:

About Dan Salerno

Dan Salerno’s career spans multiple platforms across the global television business. He has been a key member of the leadership team for established and emerging networks, with an emphasis on strategic planning and content development. Most recently National Geographic’s Head of Programming, focusing on programming, development, and strategy, Dan’s career also includes BBC, Gospel, Fuse, and the original launch team at Discovery and its sister channels.

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