Viacom’s VH1 has a new boss in the shape of Chris McCarthy after president Tom Calderone stepped down.
At male-skewed MTV2, he switched the focus to millennials and launched series such as Guy Code and Wild ‘N Out. Before that, he held posts such as executive VP of MTV and GM of college network MTVU.
“Chris is a multi-talented executive with a proven ability to build brands and drive viewership across very different demos,” said Herzog. “He’s a forward-thinking leader for this new era in media and a terrific fit for VH1, a beloved brand with a strong team and a unique place in pop culture.”
Calderone is leaving Viacom after seven years as president of music-themed VH1.
He becomes the latest high-ranking executive to leave Viacom’s channels group following a major restructuring that saw Herzog take of music and entertainment channels and Cyma Zarghami becoming president of Viacom Kids and Family Group.