Less than three weeks after veteran USA Network exec Bill McGoldrick took over as head of development at NBCU sibling Syfy comes word that the network and Universal are refocusing Syfy Films. SVP Production Gregory Noveck’s contract is up, and he is exiting the company, as is Syfy Films Director of Development Joshua Banta, NBCUniversal reps said tonight. Noveck, a former SVP Creative Affairs at DC Comics, joined Syfy Films in May 2011, less than six months after the unit was created to develop and produce Syfy-branded theatrical features to be distributed by Universal. The original plan was to release one or two films a year, mining the genres of science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror. The unit has yet to produce a film but has made acquisitions including Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin’s superhero anthology Wild Cards — its first rights buy, in October 2011 — and more recently the sci-fi thriller Lights Out. The NBCU rep wouldn’t elaborate on plans for Syfy Films, but McGoldrick’s new gig includes overseeing theatrical development for the unit, in partnership with Universal.
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