Contact: Heather OlanderRegion: United States

Title: SVP Alternative Programming, Syfy
Genre: Alternative
Region: United States

About Channel

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


Programme Interests

Looking For

Generally speaking Syfy is looking to take swings on fresh concepts that feel like they haven’t been done before in the unscripted space.  We’re open to docuseries with big characters as the central figures in a family or workplace series, as well as competition, social experiments, extreme sports, and soft formats --- all that live and play in the broad Syfy arena.  What’s worked well for us in the past has been the creativity and imagination space, but we’re also wide open to exploring more in sci-fi pop culture, celebrity, comedy, magic, the speculative future, and broadly defined pop science and technology.  Pitches should embody passion, energy and something that sparks to a groundbreaking idea.

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Heather Olander serves as senior vice president, alternative series development and production for Syfy, where she oversees the network’s ambitious slate of unscripted series, which continues to expand and accounts for nearly half of Syfy’s original programming schedule. She reports to Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content for Syfy and is based in Los Angeles.


Olander was most recently senior vice president, alternative programming at USA Network.  She successfully launched USA into the reality space, overseeing the development of “Chrisley Knows Best,” USA’s buzzy breakout hit.  The series is the network’s youngest original series to date with a median age of 35.

Prior to joining USA, Olander was vice president, programming and development for CBS Television Distribution where she was involved with developing new syndicated shows as well as overseeing current first-run strips.  Before joining CTD, Olander was at MTV, where she served as vice president of original series development and current programming.