Programming, development execs named
Sci Fi Channel has bumped up two programming execs and hired a third.Erik Storey and Tony Optican were promoted to senior VP, while the net has hired Chris Sanagustin as VP of development. All three report to Mark Stern, exec VP of original programming. “Their intelligence, insight and taste have been instrumental in creating shows that garner both critical acclaim and record-breaking ratings,” Stern said of Storey and Optican. Storey has been with Sci Fi since 2001, overseeing programs such as “Battlestar Galactica” and minis including “The Triangle” and “Children of Dune.” He’s also working on the pilot “Warehouse 13.” Exec joined from NBC Studios. Optican has been with Sci Fi since 2003, working on shows such as “Eureka” and “Stargate Atlantis” and minis including the recent “Tin Man.” He’s handling the pilot “Revolution. Exec joined Sci Fi from Fox; he also spent time at MGM Worldwide TV Group. Sanagustin most recently handled current programming at the WB, overseeing shows such as “Smallville,” “Charmed” and “Reba.” She also spent time at Viacom Prods.