Syfy Channel Gets A New Vice President

Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 11:00 am GMT -4 by

Syfy President Dave Howe announced yesterday that NBC Universal’s Senior Vice President Rob Spodek will be making the jump to our favorite science fiction network. Spodek will be in the same position as Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer of both Syfy and its sister network Chiller.

Of the move, Howe had this to say: “Given Rob’s proven success as CFO and breadth of experiences throughout NBCU and beyond, I’m confident that his expertise is precisely what Syfy needs as we continue strong and steady growth across our many platforms,”

Spodek began at NBC in 1998 as manager of finance at CNBC before moving into his role as VP/CFO at NBCU. In his time as VP at NBCU, Spodek helped with NBC’s transition from GE to Comcast. As VP of Syfy/Chiller, Spodek will oversee all financial aspects of both networks as well as all Syfy ventures and projects.

What does this mean for Syfy? Hopefully less reality shows and more real science fiction. Of course Spodek isn’t in the creative department but he will control what shows, movies and other projects get funded. So… fingers crossed!

  • http://sciencefiction.com/ Bryan Hardbarger

    Send him cookies! I say we start a petition here for fans to list what they want, then send it to Rob with a big pile of delicious cookies! :)

    • http://www.hydeandgeek.com Scott

      I second that motion! Let’s keep the science fiction in Syfy!

  • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

    Unfortunately, Syfy has already contracted and are filming some reality programs that were green lit before he came on board so it may be awhile before we see more real science fiction. I am with everyone else who thinks Syfy needs to tweak their programming. Heck! I’ll even bake the cookies to send to Rob!

  • Matthew Wood

    You’ve got my vote! Where’s the point in calling a channel Sci-fi (or some dumbed down variation thereof) if it doesn’t even show that much Science Fiction?

  • http://twitter.com/RoundTableNerds Chris Ferrell

    I hope this signals a programming change however I’m not too optimistic.  I’d settle for cutting out some of the non SciFi programming.

  • Anonymous

    When the Science Fiction Channel became “Syfy” it was the end of an era. How is bringing in someone from NBC going to improve anything? Their comment that they want to “continue strong and steady growth across our many platforms” doesn’t sound like they’re narrowing their focus at all. If anything, this sounds poised to take them in the opposite direction.

  • Anonymous

    When the Science Fiction Channel became “Syfy” it was the end of an era. How is bringing in someone from NBC going to improve anything? Their comment that they want to “continue strong and steady growth across our many platforms” doesn’t sound like they’re narrowing their focus at all. If anything, this sounds poised to take them in the opposite direction.

  • http://twitter.com/Lehjr1 Leon

    Syfy, where science fiction goes to die