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USA Nets ups Hoffman to sr. VP posts

Exec buys all TV series, animation, movies for net

NEW YORK — USA Networks has promoted 12-year veteran executive Neil Hoffman to the posts of senior VP of programming, USA Network, and senior VP of strategic program planning for USA Networks, including the Sci-Fi Channel.

The promotion comes less than a week after USA promoted another of its programming veterans, Bonnie Hammer, to two posts: senior VP of programming for the Sci-fi Channel and senior VP of current programming for USA Networks.

Both Hoffman and Hammer, who’ll report to Stephen Chao, president of programming and marketing for USA Networks, operate out of USA’s New York headquarters.

Their promotions solidify a programming department that has undergone major changes since Barry Diller took over USA Networks late last year. Rod Perth, its president of programming, and Ian Valentine, VP of longform programming, have both resigned.

Hoffman buys all of the TV series, theatrical movies, specials and animation for USA. He also helps put the network’s program schedule together and works in areas like standards and practices.

Hoffman joined USA in 1986 as VP of programming. Before that, he was VP of program administration for Metromedia TV/Fox Station Group. Earlier jobs included VP and program director of KRIV Houston and program executive slots at WNEW New York.

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