Bill McGoldrick, who ascended two months ago to a post leading scripted programming at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, has filled out his executive team. In a memo to staff Thursday, McGoldrick announced new roles for former USA executives Alex Sepiol and Michael Sluchan and Syfy’s Heather Olander.
Sepiol has been named executive vice president of scripted development for the network group, which includes USA, Syfy, E! and Bravo. Sluchan has been tapped as senior vice president, scripted programming. Olander, who had led unscripted programming at Syfy under McGoldrick, will now also do so for USA as senior vice president, alternative programming. All three will report to McGoldrick.
McGoldrick was tapped in February to head scripted content for the network group in a further reshuffling of NBCUniversal’s cable-channel leadership under Bonnie Hammer. Reporting to Jeff Wachtel, NBCU Cable’s chief content officer and head of Universal Cable Productions, McGoldrick was named executive vice president of scripted content for the NBCU Cable Entertainment channels group. He formerly served as executive vice president of original content at Syfy.
See McGoldrick’s memo below:
As the industry continues to evolve, it’s essential that our approach to how we create great content also evolves. We need to be quick and nimble to identify the right project for the right network at the right time without redundancy. To that end, I’d like to share with you some news about my new organizational structure.
As you know, several years ago Bonnie Hammer named Jeff Wachtel our Chief Content Officer. This commitment to content was followed in February by the announcement of my new role, reporting to Jeff, overseeing all original scripted content for the portfolio, including USA, Syfy, E! and Bravo. Now, having had the past two months to thoughtfully evaluate and consider the next step, I’m announcing today that all scripted development and current scripted programming will be led by two terrific executives reporting to me:
Alex Sepiol will become, EVP, Scripted Development for the portfolio. Alex has been instrumental in the development and success of “Mr. Robot” first bringing the award-winning series as a spec script to the network. During his tenure at USA he shepherded signature series “Suits” and “White Collar” among others. Alex has a talent for identifying shows that connect with today’s audiences and stand out on their own to push brand boundaries.
As SVP, Current Scripted Programming, Michael Sluchan will now head up all current scripted programming for the portfolio, Michael’s contributions over the last 17 years span critic and fan favorites “Monk,” “Royal Pains” and “The Starter Wife.” His efforts have helped to propel USA’s critically acclaimed programming slate.
Also, Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Programming will now oversee alternative for USA in addition to Syfy, reporting to me. Heather is a great talent with high energy and tenacity. For the last couple of years, she has been focused on growing Syfy’s unscripted programming slate. Much like me, this expanded role brings Heather back to USA where she first introduced unscripted programming and launched the network into the reality space with “Chrisley Knows Best.”
Change can be a challenge at times but is essential for our continued growth and success. I thank you in advance for your unwavering support and commitment. And please join me in congratulating Alex, Michael and Heather on their new expanded roles.