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Speaker Heather Olander


Heather Olander

Head, Unscripted Programming

The CW Television Network

Heather Olander was named Head of Unscripted Programming, The CW Network, in February 2023. In her role, Olander oversees the development and production of alternative reality series, events and specials on behalf of the network.

Prior to joining The CW, Olander joined NBCUniversal in 2011 as the SVP of Alternative Development & Programming for USA Network. In 2014, she added oversight of alternative programming for Syfy. In 2019, Olander took on the additional responsibility of running alternative development for NBCUniversal’s AVOD service, Peacock, and was elevated to Executive Vice President, Alternative Development & Programming, USA/Syfy/Peacock.

A transformative leader, Olander designed and built an unscripted brand and development team for USA Network, a network previously focused on scripted programming. She successfully launched series that include the CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST franchise,
TEMPTATION ISLAND (reboot), MIZ & MRS. and STRAIGHT UP STEVE AUSTIN. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Heather served as VP, Original Series Development and Current Programming at MTV from 2003-2010.

Speaking on: In Conversation With: Heather Olander, The CW

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