Linette Hwu 

Scripps Networks Interactive

Linette S. Hwu is Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI).  In her current capacity, she functions as SNI’s lead employment lawyer and partners with a department of 45 Human Resources professionals to support SNI’s business worldwide.


Previously, Ms. Hwu led the Business Affairs team at Travel Channel in the negotiation and management of the network’s programming and talent deals and business relationships with its production companies and talent.  In early 2010, following her work on the December 2009 acquisition of Travel Channel by SNI, she co-chaired Travel Channel’s integration into the Scripps Networks. 


Ms. Hwu has been honored by CableFAX as one of the cable industry’s Women on the Move (April 2009) and Most Influential Minorities (September 2010), by NAMIC as one of its 2010 Luminaries, and by the Washington DC/Baltimore chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) as an Emerging Leader (October 2012).  In October 2009, she was a panelist at the International Bar Association’s annual conference in Madrid (“Ownership and Clearance of User-Generated Content—Legal Challenges and Pitfalls”), and in 2012, she spoke on the “Women on Top” panel at the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Symposium on Diversity:  Defining Different in a Changing Society, and at the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (East) program “Playing the Long Game:  Positioning Yourself for Career Success.”  She is currently serving as the Outreach Chair on the board of WICT Washington DC/Baltimore and as the First Vice President on the board of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., on which board she has served since 2005.


Prior to SNI, Ms. Hwu was Vice President, Legal/Commercial Affairs & Operations for Travel Channel Media, and until May 2007, Vice President, Legal Affairs for Discovery Communications, Inc.  She began her career as an associate at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C. 


Ms. Hwu graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and German Studies, and received her Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Chicago Law School.  In September 2008, she was a participant in Boston University School of Management’s Pocket MBA for Lawyers program, and in the summer of 2009, she also attended London Business School’s Accelerated Development Programme.  She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.

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