Food Network taps Kuharsky for GM role


Sergei Kuharsky has been named GM of Food Network, filling a post that has been vacant since Brooke Johnson was named president in 2004.

Kuharsky will assume the role of day-to-day operations of the network as well as play an integral role in the expansion of the brand into new business development.

Kuharsky joins Food Network from In Demand Networks, provider of VOD and high-definition TV entertainment, where he was executive vp sales and marketing.

"Sergei's successful innovation and strategy for evolving brands is exactly what Food Network needs as it continues to grow," Johnson said. "His multiplatform experience will be a great asset to our business."

Kuharsky also served as senior vp marketing at Now Showing Entertainment, which delivers pay-per-view content to the home, and senior vp marketing for brand, franchises and movies at Nickelodeon. He also held marketing posts at Warner Home Video and Walt Disney's home video division.

In addition, Kuharsky was the reception of the 2004 CTAM TAMI Award and co-chair of the 2004 CTAM Digital Conference.