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Olander switches from USA to Syfy

NBCUniversal is moving USA Network exec Heather Olander (pictured) to sister channel Syfy, where she will serve as senior VP of alternative series development and production.
August 6, 2014

NBCUniversal is moving USA Network exec Heather Olander (pictured) to sister channel Syfy, where she will serve as senior VP of alternative series development and production, effective immediately.

Olander will report to Sysfy’s exec VP of original content Bill McGoldrick in her new role and – until early next year – will also continue in her current role as senior VP of alternative development and production at USA Network.

She replaces former senior VP of alternative programming Tim Krubsack, who exited Syfy earlier this year.

In a statement, McGoldrick said: “Heather did a great job launching USA Network into the reality space. We are very excited to bring an executive with her energy, taste and tenacity to Syfy where she will have a large canvas and many hours of alternative programming to oversee.”

Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller, added: “Heather’s impressive pedigree and track record makes her the perfect choice to take over the reins of Syfy’s growing slate of high quality unscripted programming.”

Jackie De Crinis, USA’s exec VP of programming and development, will continue to oversee both scripted and unscripted programming for USA, Network and will fill Olander’s role following her departure.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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