Doug Herzog Exits Viacom Post As Head Of MTV, VH1, Comedy Central
December 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM (PT)
Longtime VIACOM executive DOUG HERZOG is leaving the company after more than four decades, starting in the '80s as one of the first programming executives at MTV. He had served as head of several of the company’s top cable channels, including COMEDY CENTRAL and MTV. His position as President of VIACOM's MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP will not be filled.
His departure comes just one week after BOB BAKISH was named full CEO of the company, which also recently discontinued talks for a merger of VIACOM and CBS. Those who reported to HERZOG will now answer directly to BAKISH.
As head of COMEDY CENTRAL, HERZOG launched “The Daily Show” and “South Park.” Before originally leaving the cable channel to take over as President of FOX BROADCASTING, he recruited former MTV personality JON STEWART to take over as host of "The Daily Show" for CRAIG KILBORN.
After FOX and USA NETWORK, HERZOG returned to COMEDY CENTRAL, where he helped develop “The COLBERT Report,” “Inside AMY SCHUMER,” “KEY and PEELE,” and other signature shows. His VIACOM portfolio eventually included MTV, VH1, SPIKE and LOGO, among others.