Syfy has promoted long-time executive Chris Regina to the position of Senior Vice-President of Program Strategy for both the genre network and its sibling Chiller.
Regina, who was one of the key architects behind Sharknado, joined Syfy in 1998 as Director of Scheduling and Administration and worked his way up the executive ranks, eventually being named SVP of Programming in 2012.
In that role, he was responsible for overseeing development of Syfy’s B movies, acquiring international series such as Continuum, Sinbad, The Almighty Johnsons, and forging deals to bring numerous original series to the network including Z Nation, Olympus and Dark Matter.
In his expanded role as SVP of Program Strategy, Chris Regina will add oversight of Syfy and Chiller’s program planning and strategy, as well as retaining his previous functions in developing original movies and overseeing acquisitions. Based in the New York office, he will now report to Syfy President Dave Howe (Regina previously reported to Tom Vitale, Executive Vice President of Programming and Original Movies).
“Chris has done a remarkable job building a solid primetime schedule with smart, on-the-brand acquisitions and co-productions, along with being the driving force behind the Sharknado global social media phenomenon”, said Howe. “We look forward to his many contributions to the growth of Syfy in the years to come.”