Heather Olander, Head of Unscripted for USA, Syfy and Peacock, Exits NBCUniversal

Olander first joined the company in 2011

Last Updated: December 17, 2020 @ 12:46 PM

Heather Olander is exiting her position as executive vice president of alternative for USA, Syfy and Peacock, TheWrap has learned.

Her departure comes nine years after she first joined NBCUniversal as SVP of alternative development and programming at USA. She later oversaw unscripted programming for Syfy and the recently launched streaming service Peacock.

Olander is the latest executive to depart NBCUniversal following the company’s restructuring earlier this year. Bill McGoldrick, president of original content and the executive to whom Olander most recently reported, stepped down last month.

As part of the restructuring, the recently installed chairman of entertainment content, Susan Rovner, divided NBCUniversal’s unscripted programming efforts into two parts. Rod Aissa was tasked with overseeing all lifestyle and documentary programming, while Jenny Groom was set to head up reality and talent competition as well as game show formats.

During her time at NBCU, Olander was credited with building USA’s unscripted slate, which includes the long-running favorite “Chrisley Knows Best” as well as more recent reboots of “Temptation Island” and “The Biggest Loser.” Before joining the company, she held development and programming roles at CBS and Viacom.