About 90 percent of the channel's programming consisted of original productions at launch, with ten percent licensed and rerun from Canadian channels, PBS, and other sources.
Burton Jablin, as Vice President of Programming, set the tone and oversaw the production of the early series.
During its development, the channel was originally named the Home, Lawn, and Garden Channel.
It’s an impressive set of faces – from Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly, to Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke (wielding a machete, no less), and comedian Josie Long. Scripps Company and, subsequently, the chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive) envisioned the concept of HGTV in 1992. The organization brought in former CBS television executive Ed Spray, who implemented a system of producing (nearly all) programming through independent production houses around the United States. Scripps corporate board, he purchased Cinetel, a small video production company in Knoxville, as the base and production hub of the new network. Cinetel became Scripps Productions, but producing more than 30 programs simultaneously proved daunting.In Discovery’s target demo, 25-54, The project’s first and second episodes won their nights in cable in that 25-54 age bracket, and among men 25-54, excluding sports.Monday night’s opening boosted Discovery’s timeslot performance in the demo by more than 61%.