Syfy hires Kelly Garner as VP, unscripted programming

The former Pilgrim Studios exec (pictured) has joined U.S. cable net Syfy as vice president of alternative development and production.
February 10, 2015

Syfy has hired Kelly Garner (pictured) as vice president of alternative development and production.

Garner, who was most recently the VP of development and original programming for Pilgrim Studios, will grow the NBCUniversal-owned U.S. cable net’s slate of unscripted programming as well as overseeing its current unscripted slate.

His credits for Pilgrim include Last Comic Standing, Ax Men, The Contender, Black Gold and Rockstar: INXS.

He will be based in Los Angeles and report to SVP of alternative development Heather Olander.

Garner joins Syfy less than a month after the network hired former AMC exec Andie Beckerman as VP of alternative development and production. The network has also recently greenlit the unscripted titles The Bazillion Dollar Club, Close Up Kings and is developing the series Hackers.

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