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Michael Klein parts ways with MTV

Six months after boarding MTV from Condé Nast Entertainment, Michael Klein has exited his role as executive VP of original programming. Klein was recruited to the Viacom-owned cable network in March by ...
November 28, 2016

Six months after boarding MTV from Condé Nast Entertainment, Michael Klein has exited his role as executive VP of original programming.

Klein was recruited to the Viacom-owned cable network in March by former MTV president Sean Atkins to replace Susanne Daniels, who departed the network last July to join YouTube as VP of Originals. During his brief stint, Klein oversaw original scripted and non-scripted content, development and creative across the music cabler and its related brands.

“We’ve been discussing [Klein's] role these past few weeks, and it’s clear he signed on to the job under different circumstances to pursue a different strategy,” Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, Logo and VH1, said in an internal email shared with realscreen. “I understand and respect his decision, and the work the development team has done in the past year.  I want to thank Michael for helping me get up to speed, and for his efforts on behalf of MTV.

News regarding new leadership for programming and development at MTV will be announced “soon,” McCarthy said.

Prior to his stint at MTV, Klein served as executive VP of programming and content strategy for digital channels at Condé Nast Entertainment, responsible for programming strategy, development and production for the company’s millennial-targeted digital channels across unscripted, scripted, animation, documentary and virtual reality.

His credits over the course of his career include Investigation Discovery’s Vanity Fair Confidential, Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Man v. Food, Amazon’s The Fashion Fund, as well as TLC’s What Not to Wear and Miami Ink.

The Viacom-owned cable network has undergone a sea of change in recent months. Most recently, Atkins departed the music network as president, and was shortly thereafter replaced by Chris McCarthy, president of MTV sister nets VH1 and Logo.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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