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UTSMW Day 1 Session 2 Speakers

Abigail McCollumAbigail McCollum

Abigail McCollum is the Director of Convergence and Social for the Home and Travel category at Scripps Lifestyle Studios. In this role, Abbi creates a bridge between the on-air programming team, the marketing team and the digital team. As the convergence lead for the brands, Abbi manages a team that creates a digital and social presence for all HGTV, DIY Network, Travel Channel, and Great American Country shows and talent. She works closely with the interactive ad sales and marketing teams to monetize the digital on-air content as well as to establish social sponsorship guidelines and campaigns.


Jessica GalliartJessica Galliart

With a focus on Scripps’ Home and Travel brands, Jessica creates and manages social and digital content for TV shows seen on HGTV, Travel Channel and DIY Network. As Managing Editor, she oversees new content related to TV shows for each brand’s website and social channels; produces social videos with production companies, talent and internal creative agencies; manages workflows across the Convergence team; and develops new strategies for organic social promotion of TV shows and on-air network initiatives. Galliart is an alumna of Columbia College Chicago (2009) with a BA in magazine journalism. She has previously worked in digital and social media roles at Playboy, the Chicago Tribune’s daily tabloid RedEye and a social news video startup based out of Chicago. She lives in Knoxville with her dog and is slowly getting better at not killing her houseplants.


Karli SandersKarli Sanders

As Corporate Marketing Manager of Scripps Networks Interactive, Karli Sanders is responsible for a broad range of external communications projects, with emphasis on managing the lifestyle media leader’s overall social media strategy, corporate website and executive speaking opportunities. In this role, she is challenged to create a cohesive communications plan that balances the marketing needs of public relations, ad sales, affiliate sales, programming and branding, event marketing, human resources and corporate giving. Sanders graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information with a BS in advertising and a minor in business administration.


Liz Gray Liz Gray 

Liz is a special projects managing editor for and is the co-editor-in-chief of the I Heart HGTV blog. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that she’s (slowly) remodeling alongside her husband and her mystery-breed puppy. Other interests include: Mad scientist-style recipe experiments, impractical hats and anything Danish modern.  


Marianne CanadaMarianne Canada

Marianne Canada is a producer and stylist at and an online personality. When not sawing chairs in half or buying cartons of glitter, she’s starring in videos for HGTV’s crafty YouTube channel, HGTV Handmade. She is also the on-staff “maker” and can be frequently found crafting at her desk.

This crafty lady’s career before was enviably diverse. Marianne was an actress in Eastern Europe, created blockbuster events for Red Bull Energy Drink and was a dog wrangler for a show about over-the-top dog houses, all before finding a place at Scripps Networks as a location and talent coordinator. Using her eye for design and current trends, she found locations and cast talent in more than 200 commercial spots, airing across all Scripps Networks. Marianne is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and