As part of a move to expand its development department, USA Networks has named former Lifetime Television movie head Laurette Hayden senior VP of longform programming.
At the same time at USA, several promotions have been granted: Christof Bove has been promoted to VP of development for longform; Michael Sluchan to director of development of longform; Gary Shapiro to director of development for reality programming and specials; and Bill McGoldrick to director of development for original series.
Based in Los Angeles, Hayden will be responsible for original movies and miniseries. She reports to Jeff Wachtel, USA’s exec VP of series and longform programming.
Hayden’s held several posts at broadcast and cable nets as well as in the feature world. Among her credits, she served as co-exec producer of “Within These Walls,” starring Ellyn Burstyn, as well as exec producer of “Just Ask My Children,” starring Virginia Madsen. She also was HBO’s creative consultant on “From the Earth to the Moon.”
Bove is responsible for supervising the development and production of the Mystery Movie franchise at USA, reporting to Wachtel. He was most recently manager of development in the longform department.
Sluchan is responsible for development and production of longform projects, reporting to Hayden. He joined USA as a creative exec in longform in October 1999.
Shapiro will oversee development and production of various unscripted programs and specs, reporting to Chris Sloan, senior VP of reality programs and specs. He was most recently manager, working in hourlong dramas and comedies.
McGoldrick reports to senior VP of original series Jackie Lyons and works on development and production of original series. He was most recently manager.