Dan Yang is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, which comprises a multiplatform portfolio of brands led by Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, VH1, MTV2 and Logo. Yang reports to John Cucci, Chief Operating Officer for the group.
Yang oversees strategic planning, operational initiatives, partnerships, and investments across the group’s assets. He is responsible for advising the group’s senior management on long-range business strategy, content deals, and distribution plans. Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in Viacom’s investment in Bellator Fighting Championships, led the formation and launch of the South Park Digital Studios Joint Venture, and played a key role in developing the TV Land Originals Strategy.
He is also General Manager of 345 Games, which publishes and licenses video games based on the group’s brands and television shows such as Deadliest Warrior: The Game, which became a top 10 best-selling XBLA title of that year. In addition, he manages the download-to-own video business for the group.
Yang was formerly Vice President of Operations for the Viacom Music Group’s Enterprises Division, where he was responsible for operations, strategy, and business development for all off-air businesses including home video, video games, syndication, direct-to-video film, and consumer products. He helped create the direct-to-video film business that launched Dale, which was nominated for 2 Emmys. He also expanded the group’s business in video gaming by leading the acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, which became the leader in music-based games.
Previously, he was a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.