As General Manager of Shudder, Engler is responsible for the long-term business and programming strategy for the network as well as overseeing day-to-day operations including, programming, content production, press and marketing. Since joining Shudder in 2018, Engler launched the service’s first original scripted series, the breakout hit Creepshow (from The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero); Shudder’s first original documentary, the highly acclaimed Horror Noire; the return of beloved horror host Joe Bob Briggs; and high-profile acquisitions including A Discovery of Witches, Mandy (with Nicholas Cage), and Tigers Are Not Afraid.
Before joining Shudder, Engler spent 15 years as a senior executive at Syfy and was part of the leadership team that created the long-term strategy for the channel. After leaving the network, he co-created and executive produced Syfy’s hit series Z Nation, which ran for five seasons.
During his tenure at Syfy, Engler helped launch series such as Battlestar Galactica, Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, Dune, Defiance, Warehouse 13, Eureka and many more. He also served as SVP and GM of Syfy Digital, where he was responsible for both the long-term strategy and day-to-day operation of Syfy’s online portfolio of sites, including Syfy.com, ChillerTV.com, Defiance.com, and SyfyGames.com, among others.
Engler also built and launched the Syfy Digital Studio, which developed original online series and digital spin-offs from popular on-air shows, including the Emmy® and Streamy award-winning Battlestar webisodes and Nuclear Family from Michael Eisner’s company Vuguru. Previously, Engler founded Science Fiction Weekly, a website dedicated to genre enthusiasts. Syfy acquired the business in 1999 and continues to run it under the name Syfy Wire.
Based in New York, Craig reports to Miguel Penella, President of Global Direct-to-Consumer for AMC Networks and Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment.