The E.W. Scripps Company

The E.W. Scripps Company has been one of America's most entrepreneurial media enterprises for more than 130 years. As we've done many times, we're launching new products and services across the country. This time, the focus is on emerging digital media platforms and consumers. Our creative and talented employees are serving 32 cities and towns from coast to coast. We drive our business through high-quality original content, both journalism and entertainment. Scripps ( is a leading media enterprise driven to develop and expand its digital strategies including social gaming, while embracing its rich history in delivering quality journalism and creating valuable marketing environments. It serves communities through television stations, newspapers and Scripps Howard News Service, and enriches the lives and vocabularies of students through the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Creative, talented and energetic employees are leading the way at 19 television stations in major cities such as Denver, San Diego, Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Tampa. They are serving communities with impactful story-telling, investigations and interactive outreach through newspapers in 13 markets. The Scripps digital group is growing and gaining momentum with new product offerings, enhancements, and technology that gives customers more options than ever before to find the information and entertainment they crave.

Bob Carson

VP, Chief Information Officer


Lisa Knutson

President, Scripps Networks


Doug Lyons

SVP, Financial Strategy and Special Projects


Carolyn Micheli

SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations

Adam Symson

President and CEO

21 past transactions

Midroll Media, LLC

Acquisition in 2015
Midroll Media is a digital media company that focuses on the production, distribution, and monetization of podcasts. The Chief and Shawn show is one of their shows. Midroll Media provides services that enable podcast production service providers to find and connect with advertisers. It provides marketing services for their podcast advertisements. Midroll Media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the E.W. Scripps Company. Midroll Media was founded in November 2013 by Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich. And it is based in Los Angeles, California.

Triton Digital

Acquisition in 2018
Triton Digital® is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 45 countries, Triton Digital provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, podcasters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton Digital powers the global online audio industry with Webcast Metrics®, the only MRC-accredited audience measurement service that makes it easy for advertisers and brands to determine the best destination and time to reach their target audiences. Through unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton Digital remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry.  For more information, visit
University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, is one of the largest universities in the state. Academics, student life activities and financial aid options are numerous and wide ranging. University of North Texas is home to more than 10 distinctive schools, which award more than 200 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some of the university's degree-granting schools include: * Arts and Sciences * Engineering * Journalism * Music * Public Affairs and Community Service * Visual Arts and Design College life activities include numerous student clubs and organizations, student government activities, volunteer opportunities, and arts and cultural activities. The University of North Texas awards various scholarships to help eligible students cover tuition costs. The criteria for most freshman scholarships are high school ranking and ACT or SAT scores. Continuing students who wish to obtain scholarships should have a minimum GPA of 3.25. University of North Texas also provides federal and state grants, federal and private loans and work-study awards. There are also academic grants for those pursuing specific majors or professions. Prospective students must submit an online application, along with transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. For more information, please visit

Elon University

Grant in 2021
Full Investment Portfolio: Cash & cash equivalents: 8.58% Equities: 2.49% Asset backed: 4.38% Government and corporate bonds: 11.89% U.S. government: 0.26% Real estate: 4.66% REITs: 0.02% Other: 0.23% Alternative Investments: 63.07% Outside perpetual trusts: 1.16% Loans to students: 0.67% Contributions receivable: 2.57% Founded in 1889, Elon University is a non-profit organisation based in the United States. The foundation is an educational institution that offers undergraduate and graduate-level programs in business, accounting and law.

ION Media Networks, Inc.

Acquisition in 2020
ION Media Networks operates a national television network that features crime and justice procedural programs. ION Media Networks has 71 stations reaching 100+ million homes, including the top 50 markets. ION delivers television entertainment and choice through innovation, offering quality content, new formats, and innovative packages that are affordable and accessible to all consumers. ION Media strives to provide accessible, affordable, and quality television entertainment to consumers nationwide.

Misfits Gaming

Venture Round in 2021
Misfits organization owns teams that compete in League of Legends, CounterStrike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, as well as participating in the game Super Smash Bros.

Wanderful Media, LLC

Venture Round in 2012
Wanderful Media is a retail-focused mobile media company – engaging 160MM US consumers via their shopping apps, mobile and regional networks. Wanderful Media owns and operates Find&Save, CoffeeTable, the Wanderful Mobile Network and the Wanderful Regional Network. Wanderful Media is an independent company financed by a powerful group of media companies, including Advance Digital, A. H. Belo Corporation, Community Newspaper Holdings, Cox Media Group, The E. W. Scripps Company, Gannett Co., GateHouse Media, Graham Holdings Company, Hearst Corporation, Lee Enterprises, MediaNews Group, and The McClatchy Company.

Ebyline, Inc.

Series A in 2010
Ebyline, Inc. provides a platform that connects companies with experienced and vetted freelancers to create content for publishers and brands worldwide. It offers Ebyline, an online platform that is used to manage content creation from start to finish. The company’s Ebyline provides workflow tools that allow customers to track communications and assets across various projects. The company’s Ebyline offers original content to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Sherman Oaks, California. As of January 30, 2015, Ebyline, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of IZEA, Inc.

Besomebody, Inc.

Seed Round in 2015
Besomebody is a global platform that connects people based on shared passions. They’ve created the world’s first Experiential Marketplace where anyone can book Experiences with talented people around them. Experiences are taught by local “Passionaries” – the talented teachers, coaches and instructors on their platform. Users book safely and securely from their iPhone app or website, and then both parties meet in person for a hands-on Experience. The Experiences range from learning to ride motorcycles or mountain bikes, to learning to paint or play the piano. The #besomebody platform recently moved out of Beta testing in Austin, Texas, with over 400 available Experiences and is expanding nationwide.

Cracked Entertainment, Inc.

Acquisition in 2016
Cracked Entertainment, Inc. operates a consumer humor Website intended for use by mature audiences. Its Website features articles on movies and TV, music, celebrities, tech, sex, sports, news, science, history, weird world, and video games; videos; forums; and pics. Cracked Entertainment, Inc. was formerly known as Cracked Magazine and changed its name to Cracked Entertainment, Inc. in April 2005. The company was founded in 1958 and is based in New York, New York. As of April 12, 2016, Cracked Entertainment, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Scripps Media, Inc.

Series C in 2000
HomePortfolio was founded in the 1990s by Rolly Rouse and Tom Ashbrook, two friends from Yale with entrepreneurial spirits and an eagerness to stake their claim in the Internet land rush. While other design enthusiasts were tearing pages out of design magazines and dog-earing decorating books, they were creating the first ever online library of high-end home products—the type of products typically reserved for fancy Design Center showrooms that required a password and secret handshake before one would be granted admission.


Acquisition in 2006
Uswitch is a London-based company founded in 2006. They are the UK's most popular comparison site for home services products.


Series B in 1999
ReacTV is the experience of Their Founder, the inventor of the reactive advertising process itself.


Acquisition in 2005
Shopzilla manages a portfolio of online shopping brands that helps shoppers discover, review, and buy goods online. Reaching a global audience of over 40 million shoppers each month through both its destination websites and affiliate network, Shopzilla connects shoppers with over 100 million products from tens of thousands of retailers per month. Its portfolio of online shopping brands consist of Bizrate, Beso, Retrevo, PrixMoinsCher, and SparDeinGeld as well as a series of B2B businesses, including Bizrate Insights, Shopzilla Publisher Program, and a display and audience targeting division, Aisle A. Shopzilla was founded by Farhad Mohit and Henri Asseily in June 1996 and is based in London, United Kingdom. With offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Chicago, and London, Shopzilla operates websites and business services in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Canada.

The Gleaner

Acquisition in 2005
The Gleaner is publishes and prints daily newspaper.
In early 2014, Scripps purchased Newsy, a digital video news service that gave Scripps entry into the national news marketplace. The Columbia, Missouri-based startup serves a national digital audience with a curated approach to storytelling, and its video player can be found on many Scripps TV station websites. Newsy's engaging video news bites offer a broader view in a concise format. Through short video segments available on the web, mobile devices and OTT, Newsy advances the understanding of how a news story is covered by global media outlets - it offers context with convenience. Newsy received a 2014 and 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary. Newsy also has won Appy Awards, a Davey Award and a W3 Award. Its highly rated free apps are available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, the Windows Phone Marketplace and the Nokia Store.

Stitcher, Inc.

Acquisition in 2016
Stitcher, Inc. develops Stitcher, a mobile application for news and shows. Its application allows users to discover a range of radio shows, live radio stations, and podcasts; and stream news, sports, talk, and entertainment through their iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android devices, as well as desktops. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in San Francisco, California. As of June 6, 2016, Stitcher, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Midroll Media, LLC.


Acquisition in 2005
Bizrate is the largest comparison shopping site within the [Shopzilla, Inc.](/organization/shopzilla) family—and the sister site to and Its seller ratings and research solution, Bizrate Insights, has been connecting retailers with actionable customer feedback since 1996.

Food Network

Acquisition in 1997
FOOD NETWORK is a lifestyle network, website, and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Access our website on food and health care in Brazil, visit: It was founded on November 25, 1993 and is headquartered in New York City.

Besomebody, Inc.

Seed Round in 2014
Besomebody is a global platform that connects people based on shared passions. They’ve created the world’s first Experiential Marketplace where anyone can book Experiences with talented people around them. Experiences are taught by local “Passionaries” – the talented teachers, coaches and instructors on their platform. Users book safely and securely from their iPhone app or website, and then both parties meet in person for a hands-on Experience. The Experiences range from learning to ride motorcycles or mountain bikes, to learning to paint or play the piano. The #besomebody platform recently moved out of Beta testing in Austin, Texas, with over 400 available Experiences and is expanding nationwide.


Acquisition in 2014
- The best real-time weather radar forecasting technology. - The fastest alerting platform for imminent severe weather, rain, and lightning. - Top Grossing weather app on the app store. - Named one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Travel'' by Fast Company Day to day individual consumption of weather information is disappearing from TV/web and migrating to mobile, where WeatherSphere is consistently maintaining and growing its market leadership. Maple Media has acquired WeatherSphere from The E.W. Scripps Company. Maple Media is a mobile media, advertising and technology company that acquires and operates mobile applications and mobile games. Maple Media currently operates more than 30 top app and game businesses on the App Store and Google Play, reaching more than 60 million users every month. Popular apps in the Maple Media portfolio include WeekCal, Player FM, ScanPro App, Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam, Pic Stitch, Minesweeper: Puzzle Bomb and BlackJack 21.