Doug Herzog is the President of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group. Until April of this year, Herzog led the Viacom Entertainment Group comprised of Comedy Central, Spike and TV Land. He recently expanded his portfolio of brands and now oversees MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike and Logo.
With a focus on developing highly-acclaimed original programming, Herzog is widely recognized in the industry for creating long-running mega-hits that become cultural phenomena. Under Herzog’s leadership, Comedy Central, Spike and TV Land have launched some of television’s most successful original franchises including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “South Park,” “Broad City,” “Key & Peele,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Bar Rescue,” and “Lip Sync Battle.”
Herzog rejoined Viacom in 2004, having begun with MTV in 1984 just three years after the launch of the network. Prior to his return, he served as President of USA Network (2001-2004) with a continued emphasis on original programming, including the award-winning “Monk.” Prior to USA, Herzog served as President of Entertainment for FOX Broadcasting Company (1998-2000). Among his successes at FOX was the hit comedy “Malcolm in the Middle.”
During his first tenure with MTV, Herzog rose to become President of MTV Productions. Herzog developed and supervised MTV News and popular shows such as “The Real World,” “Unplugged” and “Road Rules,” as well as the network’s signature “MTV Movie Awards” and “MTV Video Music Awards.”
He then moved to the position of President of Comedy Central in 1995 where, in addition to spearheading several current signature standouts, he launched cult hits such as “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” “Strangers with Candy” and the network’s “Roast” franchise.
Herzog received his B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston, where he sits on the board. He also serves on the boards of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Noreen Fraser Foundation and New York Collaborates for Autism.