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NBCU Rearranges Cable Programming Vets

Stern leaves exec post

Programming honcho Bill McGoldrick has left high-rated cable network USA for corporate sibling Syfy, where he will assume many of the duties performed by outgoing exec Mark Stern in a newly-created position: evp of original content (Stern will remain at the company, where he is set to exec produce an unnamed series for Syfy sometime next year).

McGoldrick, an avowed sci-fi lover, brought upcoming time-travel series Horizon to USA and will now be in charge of Syfy's sizable programming slate, which includes an adaptation of Larry Niven's influential novel Ringworld and Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore's new series, Helix.

At USA, meanwhile, programming vet Jackie de Crinis will oversee many of McGoldrick's old duties in another newly created role, evp of original scripted programming. De Crinis has been with the network since 2000 and has overseen most of the shows on USA's slate, including Burn Notice, Royal Pains, White Collar, Covert Affairs and Monk.

Syfy's big swing this year, Defiance, has struggled to find an audience; the network is looking for a new hit and while the buzz is strong around Helix, new blood certainly won't do the network any harm. USA, meanwhile, is trying to work straight comedy into its lineup of high-rated dramas, with major acquisition Modern Family serving as the lead-in for new shows Sirens and Playing House, both set to premiere in Q1 of next year.

McGoldrick will report to Syfy president Dave Howe, and de Crinis will report to USA president Chris McCumber.

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