Three execs developing at Sci Fi net


Sci Fi Channel has pinned senior vp stripes on development executives Erik Storey and Tony Optican.

In addition, Christina Sanagustin has joined the network as vp development after having recently served as a current programming executive at WB Network.

Storey, Optican and Sanagustin are based in Los Angeles and will focus on expanding Sci Fi's slate of original series and longform projects.

Storey, who joined Sci Fi in 2001 as vp programming, oversees the original series "Battlestar Galactica" and has shepherded several of the channel's miniseries, including "The Triangle," "Legend of Earthsea" and "Children of Dune." He is working on the pilot "Warehouse 13," which is in preproduction (HR 10/25).

Since joining Sci Fi in 2003, Optican has overseen the development and production of such series as "Eureka" and "Stargate: Atlantis" as well as the recent hit miniseries "Tin Man." His newest project is the pilot "Revolution," also in preproduction (HR 10/18).

"Tony and Erik have been incredibly valuable contributors to Sci Fi's success story over the past few years," executive vp original programming Mark Stern said. "Their intelligence, insight and taste have been instrumental in creating shows that garner both critical acclaim and record-breaking ratings."

Before joining Sci Fi, Storey was vp movies and miniseries at NBC Studios, while Optican was vp current programming at Fox Broadcasting Co.

As senior vp current programming at WB, Sanagustin oversaw drama and comedy series, including "Smallville," "Charmed," "Reba," "Grounded for Life" and "Pepper Dennis." Before that, she was vp creative affairs at Viacom Prods. Just before joining Sci Fi, Sanagustin co-wrote and directed her first short film, "Fleece," through AFI's Directing Workshop for Women.

Sanagustin's "experience and expertise in developing quality programming will be a perfect addition to the team," Stern said.