Michael Klein joins MTV as EVP, original content

The Viacom-owned cable network has appointed former Conde Nast Entertainment executive Michael Klein (pictured) as executive VP of original content.
March 28, 2016

Viacom-owned cable network MTV has appointed former Condé Nast Entertainment executive Michael Klein (pictured) as executive VP of original content.

Reporting directly to MTV president Sean Atkins, Klein will be charged with overseeing original scripted and non-scripted programming, development and creative across MTV and its related brands.

Klein will replace former president of programming Susanne Daniels, who departed the network last July to join YouTube as VP of Originals.

Most recently, Klein served as executive VP of programming and content strategy for digital channels at Condé Nast Entertainment, where he was responsible for programming strategy, development and production for the company’s millennial-targeted digital channels across unscripted, scripted, animation, documentary and virtual reality. Under Klein’s purview, the portfolio – which includes VogueVanity FairGlamourWiredGQ, and The New Yorker – garnered more than 2.7 billion video views last year.

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.

Prior to Condé Nast, Klein served as senior VP of programming and development for the Sundance Channel, where he led the network to the highest audience engagement in its history with such hit series as Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and Push Girls.

Klein has also held the title of senior VP of content for the Travel Channel, as well as various executive roles at Discovery Communications, including VP of program production at TLC.

“Michael is a proven hit-maker with a strong feel for our audience, a keen eye for talent, and a successful track record of reinventing brands through distinctive, creator-driven content,” said Atkins in a statement. “His leadership and experience are an excellent fit for MTV in this pivotal moment for the network, as we accelerate a new development slate of music and pop culture-inspired programming.”

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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 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.