Exec to top programming for network

Spike TV has upped John Griffin to senior VP of programming.

Responsibilities with the promotion include overseeing scheduling and media planning, as well as program acquisitions. Griffin, at the net since 2005 as VP of programming, will continue to be based out of the cabler’s Gotham office. His previous acquisitions include miniseries “Band of Brothers” and “Married … With Children.”

Spike recently launched original football series “Blue Mountain State” and acquired HBO laffer “Entourage,” which serves as a programming block on Tuesdays. “Blue Mountain State” is averaging 1 million viewers at 10 p.m., with 1.2 million watching the Jan. 11 premiere.

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