McGoldrick Returns To USA As SVP Of Original, Scripted Fare, Following Spike Stint  


Former USA Network programming exec Bill McGoldrick is coming back to the "Characters Welcome" network after a stint at Spike TV.

As senior vice president of original scripted programming, McGoldrick will oversee all of USA Network's scripted series projects and will report to Jeff Wachtel, president, USA original programming and co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, according to USA officials.

McGoldrick, who originally joined USA Network in 1998 served as the network's vice president of series development working on such popular USA shows as Psych and The 4400.

In 2005, he joined Spike Television as vice president, original series programming, overseeing the launch of the channel's first dramas, including Kill Point and Blade. In 2007, McGoldrick was named senior vice president at Spike, overseeing the development of the network's first comedies, including Factory, Blue Mountain State and Players Hut.

USA's current executive vice president of original scripted programming Jackie de Crinis will remain with the company as senior programming executive and will continue to oversee management of original series and pilot production. De Crinis, who will relocate from Los Angeles to Hawaii, will also report to Wachtel.

"Bill is a great friend and a phenomenal creative executive ... bringing him back home to USA is something we've been trying to do ever since he left [and] its move that we feel will make one of the best network development teams in the business even better," Wachtel said in a statement.

"We're also thrilled that Jackie will be able to combine a lifestyle change with continued great work for the network," he added.