Chris McCarthy, most recently general manager of Viacom’s Logo and MTV2, is moving to head up VH1 as general manager.
McCarthy will replace Tom Calderone, who is stepping down as president of the U.S. cable net after seven years. He will report to Doug Herzog, Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president.
According to Viacom, as GM of Logo and MTV2, McCarthy has driven four years of record ratings and growth. For MTV2, he repositioned the net as a male-skewing millennial brand and launched such hits as Guy Code and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n’ Out. Upon taking the reins at Logo in 2014, he introduced a documentary division in time for the LGBT-targeting net’s 10th anniversary and reintroduced scripted programming to the schedule.
McCarthy also served as EVP for MTV, overseeing strategy and planning across all of its businesses and brands.
Herzog, in a statement, called McCarthy “a forward-thinking leader for this new era in media and a terrific fit for VH1.”