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VH1 appoints Chris McCarthy as general manager

The GM of Logo and MTV2 will replace Tom Calderone, who is stepping down as president of the Viacom cable net after seven years.
July 22, 2015

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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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