Viacom ups Chris McCarthy

VH1 and Logo TV general manager Chris McCarthy (pictured) has been promoted to president of both Viacom-owned cable networks.
June 2, 2016

VH1 and Logo TV general manager Chris McCarthy (pictured) has been promoted to president of both Viacom-owned cable networks.

He will continue to be based in New York and report to Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog.

McCarthy was named GM for VH1 last year, replacing Tom Calderone who held the position for the preceding seven years. Prior to that he was the general manager of Viacom digital networks Logo, MTV2 and MTU.

He has headed up Logo since 2014, introducing a doc division and scripted programming into the LGBT-targeting network’s schedule.

“Within a remarkably short time, Chris has driven record growth across all screens and done an incredible job of reinventing the VH1 brand, bringing the focus back to its rich pop culture heritage,” Herzog said in a statement. “Chris is a smart and strategic leader who thinks from an ‘audience first’ perspective, leading to highly impressive results.”

This year, VH1 became the fastest growing general entertainment network out of the top 25 cable nets, with four consecutive quarters of ratings growth, according to Viacom.

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