Barbara Bellini has been appointed VP of commercial affairs and operations, programme distribution, international, at Scripps Networks Interactive.

Based in London, she will report to Simone Nardi, CFO, Scripps Networks International.

In her role, Bellini will be responsible for the operational aspects of the programme distribution division and support its expansion. She will also help manage programming deals for the international division, providing strategic support in structuring international programming deals and managing the content pipeline to ensure the most effective use of Scripps programming internationally.

Prior to joining Scripps Networks, Bellini held consulting roles at Channel 4 in the UK and A+E Networks. She was also senior VP of business affairs, acquisitions and programming at Discovery Networks International and held senior positions at National Geographic TV International and Channel 4 International.

Commenting on the appointment, Nardi said: “As we continue to grow Scripps Networks’ presence internationally, we are creating a team dedicated to expanding our reach around the world.

“Barbara’s extensive industry experience in international programming and rights management, along with her excellent negotiation skills and market savvy, will further strengthen our talented international team.”