Originals chief Miller ankles USA Net

Move follows hiring of Herzog, exit of Sorcher

Jim Miller, exec VP of original programming for USA Network, has stepped down from his post. Miller had been head of original programming for the general entertainment cable net since September.

Move follows the recent hiring of L.A.-based Doug Herzog as prexy of the net and the concurrent ankling of Gotham-based marketing maven Rob Sorcher as exec VP-G.M. (Daily Variety, March 8).

Former Fox, MTV and Comedy Central exec Herzog has drawn kudos for his programming accomplishments.

“Doug Herzog is a great hire for USA. I think he’s going to be exactly what they need, and I feel really proud about what our team has been able to accomplish. I hope I gave him some wind at his back,” Miller told Daily Variety. “I think he’s going to make a huge impact on this network. As a shareholder, I’m glad he’s there.”

It’s not known yet whether Miller, who stepped down late last week, will be replaced directly.

During his stint, Miller reorganized and expanded the cabler’s original programming division into three streams: original series, longform and alternative reality (Daily Variety, Dec. 6).

He placed execs Jackie Lyons, Adam Shapiro and Chris Sloan at the head of those groups, respectively.

Miller also saw several projects get off the ground, including the upcoming Mark Burnett series “Combat Missions.” He also oversaw deals for series with John Woo, Brett Ratner and Tracy Torme.

On the movie side, he’s been behind the net’s push toward establishing a mystery night, making deals with novelists such as David Baldacci, Ken Follett and Mary Higgins Clark to create new characters for USA.

USA also has ramped up the star power in its movie slate, which is expected to be 24 pics strong next year.

Before joining USA, Miller was a producer-writer and a journo. He was exec producer of broadcast net series “D.C.” and “Brimstone.” He was also a CBS News producer and a reporter for the Washington Post.

He said his plans going forward are not yet clear-cut: “As Tom Stoppard said, every exit is an entrance somewhere else.”

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