Sci Fi gets new guy

Eick ankles USA Cable to take on 'Galactica'

A correction was made to this article on Apr. 13, 2004.

NEW YORK — David Eick has left his post as executive veepee of USA Cable Entertainment to become co-executive producer of Sci Fi Channel’s new version of “Battlestar Galactica.”

UCE created the title for Eick last July, making him the company’s point person to the creative community. NBC takes over UCE at the conclusion of its buyout of UCE’s parent Vivendi Universal in late spring or early summer.

Eick will share exec producer credit with Ron Moore on the “Battlestar” series, which has chalked up a 13-episode pickup from Sci Fi, a sibling of UCE. Sci Fi rewarded “Battlestar” for delivering big Nielsens when it played as a four-hour movie last December. Moore wrote the movie and is head writer for the series.

The shift is a natural for Eick because he helped to shepherd the mini in his role at UCE and, before that, as a consultant to Sci Fi.

At a cost of about $1.8 million an episode, “Battlestar” is the most ambitious series that Sci Fi has ever commissioned. Moore and Eick are in pre-production with the series at its headquarters in Vancouver; the first episode begins shooting within the month. Sci Fi plans to start scheduling it as a weekly series early next year.

Earlier in his career, as an executive with Renaissance Pictures, Eick got heavily involved in the production of the hit syndicated-TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

From 1998 to 2000, Eick served as senior VP of original series for USA Networks.

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