The Association of Magazine Media

Eric Thorkilsen

Chief Executive Officer

This Old House Ventures, LLC

Eric G. Thorkilsen is CEO of THIS OLD HOUSE VENTURES, LLC, a leading multi-platform home improvement brand that offers homeowners trusted information and expert advice through two highly rated and award-winning television series, one of the category’s leading and fastest growing online destinations, a highly-regarded magazine, as well as capabilities including custom video production, digital marketing, brand licensing, live events and custom publishing.  He is also Founder and CEO of LIFESTYLE MEDIA PARTNERS, Inc., a strategy, management and production company that identifies and develops existing trademarks and intellectual property across multi-media distribution and revenue streams. As part of his work at LMP, Inc., he acquired Edible Communities Inc. in 2013, the leading multi-platform brand in the growing farm-to-table, local food space, and served as its CEO until the acquisition of THIS OLD HOUSE in April 2016.

The foundation of Thorkilsen’s extensive career is nearly 30 years at TIME WARNER INC., where he held senior domestic and international circulation and publishing leadership positions across the Company’s leading brands, including TIME, TIME International, PEOPLE and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.  Most notably, he was the creator and founding Executive of both MARTHA STEWART LIVING and THIS OLD HOUSE Ventures, which were the first brands in the industry to build successful multi-media platforms. With an industry vision and leadership that led to a major paradigm shift, he created multiple distribution vehicles under individual brand umbrellas to deliver high quality content and products to consumers, and a compelling multi-platform reach to advertisers.  At peak levels, MARTHA STEWART LIVING and THIS OLD HOUSE had combined market valuation in excess of $1B.

Following his tenure at TIME WARNER, Thorkilsen was SVP, Business Development, SCRIPPS NETWORKS, where he profitably developed and directed all multi-media brand development and extensions for HGTV, Food Network, DIY, Fine Living Network, and the newly acquired Great American Country.  At Scripps, he created and negotiated an exclusive product licensing program for Food Network with Kohl’s, the country’s fastest growing mid-tier retailer, resulting in over 1000 SKU’s and seven figure royalty streams. He also created a unique strategic partnership with Taunton Press, providing online content for HGTV.com; and initiated magazine publishing for the Food Network, ultimately resulting in the launch of a highly successful joint venture with Hearst in 2008. 

Following Scripps, Thorkilsen served as President of Consumer Media at MOVE, INC., the leader in online real estate, and the operator of realtor.com.  With responsibility for advertising sales and operations, he led a team of 500+ sales and marketing professionals.  With a primary focus to seek new revenue streams through development of a rich media, video-based Home & Garden content channel, he negotiated content deals with leading brand producers, reorganized and trained the sales force to sell a wide range of new online capabilities (e.g. behavioral targeting, online video), supervised product and engineering teams to create the new environment, and built a financial model—identifying 40% incremental revenue opportunity in first 18 months.

Thorkilsen is a graduate of Hamilton College and Harvard Business School (PMD).