Doug Herzog is Group President for Viacom’s Entertainment Group, a multi-platform portfolio comprised of media brands COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV and TV Land as well as GameTrailers.com. Based in Los Angeles, he reports to Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom.
With a focus on developing highly-acclaimed original programming, Herzog is widely recognized in the industry for creating long-running mega-hits that have become cultural phenomena. Under Herzog’s leadership, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV and TV Land have launched some of television’s most successful original franchises including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report,” “South Park,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master,” and “Tattoo Nightmares.” Now, as viewers’ habits expand to new ways of accessing content, Herzog is overseeing the development of emerging platforms for all three brands, including mobile apps, websites and video-on-demand.
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) where he oversaw operations for one of cable television’s leading providers of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows and blockbuster theatrical films. Herzog’s continued emphasis on original programming, including such varied projects as the blockbuster hit “The 4400,” “The Dead Zone” and the award-winning “Monk,” earned USA unprecedented critical and popular success.
Prior to USA, Herzog served as President of Entertainment for FOX Broadcasting Company (1998-2000), where he was responsible for all FOX programming, scheduling and marketing. Among his successes at FOX were the hit comedy “Malcolm in the Middle” and the cult favorite “Action.”
During his first tenure with MTV, Herzog rose to become Vice President of News and Special Programming, then Senior Vice President of Programs and Development and, ultimately, serving simultaneously as Executive Vice President of Programming for the network and 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 he was responsible for spearheading several current signature standouts, including Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series “The Daily Show” and “South Park.” Herzog is also credited with launching cult hits such as “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and “Strangers with Candy” and was instrumental in developing the network’s “Roast” franchise.
Prior to his first stint at Viacom and MTV, Herzog served as a segment producer on the popular entertainment newsmagazine “Entertainment Tonight.” He joined “Entertainment Tonight” from Turner Broadcasting System, where he began his career as an associate producer with the newly launched Cable News Network and SuperStation TBS.
Herzog received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston, where he now sits on the board. He also serves on the boards of the Creative Coalition, the Paley Center for Media, the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Noreen Fraser Foundation and the New York Center for Autism.