Doug Herzog (born July 16, 1959) is an American television executive. He was formerly the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, he oversaw MTV, VH1, Logo TV, Comedy Central, Palladia, Spike, and Epix. Herzog is credited with bringing South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report to Comedy Central. He was also responsible for the cancellation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on that network (which later turned up on the Sci-Fi Channel and much later on Netflix).
Doug Herzog, September 2017
Douglas Alan Herzog
July 16, 1959
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
|Occupation||Former President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group|
|Awards||Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame|
He was born to a Jewish family in Paterson, New Jersey. Herzog graduated from Emerson College in Boston. After college, one of his early jobs was as a music-segment producer on the nationally syndicated Entertainment Tonight show in Hollywood.
He has held senior positions with USA Network, where he helped launch Monk, and at Fox, launching Malcolm in the Middle. Prior to his first association with Comedy Central, he had been an Associate Producer on CNN and TBS, and a senior manager at MTV, and was responsible for MTV News, Camp MTV, The Real World, Road Rules, Beavis and Butt-Head, The MTV Movie Awards, and The MTV Video Music Awards.
On December 21, 2016, Doug Herzog, the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group was fired by the company, effective on January 12, 2017.
Herzog has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
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He grew up in Paterson, N.J., where he was one of the only Jewish graduates of Paterson Catholic Regional High School
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- MTV, Comedy Central Head Doug Herzog to Step Down
- B&C Hall of Fame, Doug Herzog Archived January 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine