Doug Herzog is Group President for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, a multiplatform portfolio of brands led by Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, VH1, MTV2 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 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,” and “Bar Rescue.” Now, as viewers continue to expand the ways in which they access content, Herzog is overseeing the development of multiple 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) with a continued emphasis on original programming, including the award-winning series “Monk.” Prior to USA, Herzog served as President of Entertainment for FOX Broadcasting Company (1998-2000). Among his successes there 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.