She will report to Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe.
In her new position, Nelson will be responsible for overall communications strategy for Syfy and Chiller, including corporate communications, program publicity and talent relations. Nelson will be based in New York and oversee the networks’ communications teams in both Gotham and Los Angeles.
“Katherine is an accomplished communications veteran with a truly unique background and deep experience in promoting high quality, smart, provocative entertainment,” said Howe. “She has proven herself to be strategic, creative and collaborative during her tenure at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and I know she will take Syfy and Chiller’s pioneering press efforts to new heights.”
At Esquire, Nelson developed and executed the communications strategy for the net’s debut in September 2013.
Nelson joined NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment in January 2013 from SpaceX, the space transport company founded by Elon Musk. As VP, marketing and communications, she served as chief spokesperson for the company, and oversaw all areas of strategic communications and marketing.
Prior to SpaceX, Nelson spent more than 20 years in the television industry. As VP of communications for Discovery Channel, she was the leading strategist in communications planning, media outreach and award campaigns for series and specials including “MythBusters,” “Dirty Jobs” and “Planet Earth.”