USA Network Vet Jackie de Crinis Departs for Overall Deal at UCP

The longtime executive has also joined USA's upcoming crime drama 'Eyewitness' as an EP.
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Longtime USA Network exec Jackie de Crinis is departing the cabler, but she's not going far.

She has signed an overall deal with sister studio Universal Cable Productions to develop and produce projects for them, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

As part of the pact, de Crinis has come on board USA's forthcoming crime drama Eyewitness as an executive producer. Eyewitness starts production this week, which also marks de Crinis' last week at USA.

In her role as exec vp original programming at USA, de Crinis oversaw the development of Golden Globe winner Mr. Robot as well as several other of the brand's longest-running series including Royal Pains, Psych, Suits and Monk, which she helped launch.

Before coming to USA, de Crinis served as vp drama at ABC, where she was responsible for Once and Again. She also oversaw hits including The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Practice, Mad About You and Party of Five during stints at 20th Century Fox and TriStar.

“Jackie is an exceptional talent and has developed some of the most iconic shows on television,” UCP exec vp development Dawn Olmstead said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing her insight and experience as a producer to our team. We are fortunate to have her.”

Added de Crinis: “I’m thrilled to join Universal Cable Productions and to continue to be an extension of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment family. I am so proud of the work we have done over the last 16 years at USA, but I have always wanted to produce my own projects. The time was finally right.”

The move comes several months after a major reorganization at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, which consolidated all scripted programming efforts. As part of the shakeup, NBCU veteran Bill McGoldrick was upped to executive vp scripted content, where he now oversees scripted development for USA, Syfy, Bravo and E!

UCP is behind many of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's original scripted series, including USA's Mr. Robot, Syfy's The Magicians and Bravo's Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, which just earned a mega three-season renewal.

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