Erik Flannigan is Executive Vice President, Multiplatform Strategy and Development, Viacom Entertainment Group. He is based in the network’s Los Angeles office and reports to Doug Herzog, President of Viacom Entertainment Group.
The Entertainment Group is comprised of a portfolio of brands featuring the COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV and TV Land cable channels, as well as GameTrailers.com. Flannigan leads product and platform strategy for the brands and their associated shows across mobile screens, apps, owned-and-operated websites, social media and third-party platforms. He oversees the group’s overall digital business, including digital ad sales and content licensing revenues, direct-to-consumer transactions and new growth opportunities. He is also a key stakeholder in the networks’ distribution to and original content development for digital screens.
Flannigan brings a wealth of experience in digital programming and content development to the job, with a deep and varied business background in product development, content distribution and video-on-demand, as well as online and offline subscription services.
Flannigan joined Viacom from AOL in Los Angeles in 2006, where he had been Vice President of Programming, responsible for strategic and operational oversight of Moviefone.com, AOL Music, AOL Radio and AOL Television. Before that, he was at Buena Vista Datacasting/The Walt Disney Company (2003-2005) in Burbank, CA as Vice President of Programming, overseeing programming and acquisitions for MovieBeam and prior to that, Vice President of Music Services and Programming at RealNetworks in Seattle (2001-2003). Earlier, Flannigan was Senior Vice President, Entertainment Verticals, for the Walt Disney Internet Group in Seattle (1995-2001) where he was the head of ABC.com, Movies.com, MrShowbiz.com and WallofSound.com.
He is a graduate of the University Washington in Seattle.