USA promotes Alex Sepiol to VP

Exec to oversee original scripted programming

USA Network has upped Alex Sepiol to VP of original scripted series programming.

Sepiol has overseen production of “Burn Notice,” which returns for its third season on Thursday, and “In Plain Sight,” currently in the midst of season two. He will continue to report to Jackie de Crinis, exec VP of original scripted programming.

“We have a great niche in that we continue to explore smart escapism programming,” Sepiol told Daily Variety.

Next up at USA is “Royal Pains,” which also premieres Thursday, and “White Collar” — starring Tim DeKay, Matthew Bomer and Tiffani Thiessen — currently in production for a possible first quarter 2010 premiere.

“Burn Notice” is cable’s top-rated scripted series in the 18-49 demo.