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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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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