Vice Media has tapped veteran news and non-fiction executive Morgan Hertzan as the executive vice president and general manager at Viceland, the youth media brand’s joint venture with A+E Networks.
The hire is part of a larger effort by Vice Media to amplify its efforts around news. Hertzan (pictured), the former partner of New York prodco Efran Films, will oversee programming and operations for the television network and will play a pivotal role in integrating Vice News content with Viceland.
His purview includes the development, creation and distribution of Vice News products to expanded platforms and new partners.
“Morgan is a force in the news and television industry,” Jesse Angelo, president of global news and entertainment at Vice Media, said in a statement. “From MTV and Lincoln Square to LX.TV and Viacom, he’s an executive who knows how to make impactful programming, telling stories that matter and serving audiences that others miss.”
At Efran Films, Hertzan created series and specials for History, Lifetime, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, Food Network and Bravo. He previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Television/ABC News’ Lincoln Square Studios for five years, overseeing all non-fiction content development in cable and broadcast for ABC News.
Before his tenure at Disney/ABC, Hertzan was senior vice president at NBC Local Media, creating the daily talk show New York Live, and was general manager of LX.TV, a lifestyle production company that he co-founded in 2006, which was later acquired by NBC.
Hertzan also spent many years at Viacom and MTV developing new businesses and programming.