SyFy Appoints Mark Stern President of Original Programming

Promotion reflects rebranded network’s commitment to creating its own shows

Last Updated: August 5, 2011 @ 3:15 PM

SyFy has promoted Mark Stern to president of original programming, a move that represents the rebranded network's increased focus on creating its own shows and movies.

Stern, who joined the network in 2002 and was promoted to executive vice president a year later, has worked on "Battlestar Galactica," "Stargate: Atlantis," "Eureka," "Warehouse 13," and the miniseries "Tin Man," among other programs. He will remain the head of original content and scripted and unscripted development.

"It's a recognition of Mark's terrific job over the last few years and he's an amazing and talented executive," SyFy President David Howe told TheWrap at the Television Critics Association meeting in Pasadena. "We've expanded our original content, our original programming … It's an endorsement of how important original programming is for us, how we really do need to expand the amount of original programming that we do."

The move comes as SyFy and Universal Pictures prepare to launch Syfy Films, which will develop and produce Syfy-branded theatrical movies that Universal will distribute. As previously announced, Stern will jointly oversee the new company with Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley.