USA’s McGoldrick To Head Syfy Programming; Stern Departs

Jackie de Crinis To Head Up USA Network Original Programming

USA Network programming executive Bill McGoldrick will now oversee programming for Syfy as part of the latest executive reorganization within NBCUniversal’s cable networks.

McGoldrick (pictured) Monday was named Syfy’s executive vice president of original content, responsible for the development and production of Syfy’s original programming -- including scripted and unscripted series -- as well as oversight of international co-productions, according to network officials. McGoldrick, who most recently served as executive vice president of original scripted programming for the “characters welcome” network, will report to Syfy president Dave Howe.

McGoldrick, who oversaw development of such shows as Suits and Graceland while at USA, replaces departing Syfy president of original content Mark Stern, who will become executive producer for a new Syfy series premiering in 2014, according to network executives. During his 11-year tenure at Syfy, Stern was oversaw the development of such shows as Face Off, Warehouse 13, Defiance and Battlestar Galactica.

USA Network senior program executive Jackie de Crinis was elevated to executive vice president of original programming for USA, reporting to USA president Chris McCumber. In her newly created role, de Crinis will be responsible for all production and development of original programming for USA, including scripted and unscripted series. During her 13-years at USA, she's overseen the development of such hits as Burn Notice, Royal Pains, White Collar, Covert Affairs and Monk

The moves are the latest top cable network management moves executed by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer in recent months. This past September Hammer gave former USA co-president Jeff Wachtel broader programming responsibilities and named McCumber sole president of USA; put Esquire Network head Adam Stotsky in charge of G4; and gave Bravo Media president Frances Berwick oversight of Oxygen. Hammer also oversaw the re-brand of female-targeted network Style into male-targeted Esquire.

“Bill and Jackie both have uncanny instincts about quality content that resonates with audiences, and are incredibly brand savvy,” said Hammer in a statement. “With this move, Bill expands his development responsibilities while he gets to satisfy a not-so-secret passion for the genre. Jackie, who’s done a fantastic job at USA, gets to take on a well-deserved leadership role.  It's a win/win for Syfy, USA and the entire Cable Entertainment Group.”