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MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo GM Amy Doyle steps down

Long-time television executive Amy Doyle is to step down from ViacomCBS following a 20-year tenure at the New York-based multimedia conglomerate. Doyle (pictured) most recently served as executive vice president and general ...
January 21, 2020

Long-time television executive Amy Doyle is to step down from ViacomCBS following a 20-year tenure at the New York-based multimedia conglomerate.

Doyle (pictured) most recently served as executive vice president and general manager for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo with oversight of overall creative management of the channels, while also managing live events, specials, celeb and network talent, as well as VH1 scripted programming.

Prior to her current role, the executive served as EVP of VH1 and Logo where she worked closely alongside Chris McCarthy, president of entertainment and youth brands at Viacom’s domestic media group, and established VH1 as “one of the fastest growing entertainment channels on cable,” according to the company.

In a company-wide email to staff, McCarthy noted that Doyle has been a champion of female voices – “both in front of and behind the camera” – throughout her Viacom career.

During her two decade career at Viacom, Doyle oversaw such non-scripted series as Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the QueenVH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night and Hip Hop Squares.

Prior to her work at VH1, she served as EVP of music for both MTV and VH1, leading the music content across both brands. She previously served as executive producer for the MTV Video Music Award and the Emmy Award-winning series Unplugged Nation.

Doyle will remain with Viacom’s domestic media group until Spring 2020 to help McCarthy through a period of transition. A replacement for Doyle has yet to be named.

Read McCarthy’s memo to staff in full below:

Dear Colleagues,

After 20 years as part of our great brands, Amy has decided to step away from her role as General Manager for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. During her long and successful tenure, she will leave a legacy of building incredible teams, championing talent and creating some of the most memorable moments in pop-culture history.

The list of entertaining and culturally relevant events and shows Amy helped to bring to life is as large and diverse as her taste in music. From the reinvention of the Movie & TV Awards, to so many unforgettable VMAs, Woodies, Trailblazers, Divas, Hip Hop Honors and many more.  

Amy was instrumental in helping pave the way for artists to make their mark on one of our stages – including Beyoncé, Adele, Camila Cabello, P!nk, Queen Latifah, Florence and the Machine, Tiffany Haddish, Rebel Wilson and Chelsea Handler to name just a few. If you can’t tell from that list, Amy has always been an advocate for female voices – both in front of and behind the camera, and on every one of our floors.

With Amy, creativity, culture and compassion always come first.   She is a huge champion of our brands, our social impact work and each of you – she has helped shape the heart and soul of the company and for that we thank her dearly. Not to mention the fact that she’s smart, funny, warm and a great leader. You have to look no further for proof of her special talent, than the team she put together and the leaders she leaves behind.

While doing all of this, she also made time to personally give back, serving on the Board of the All Stars Project and VH1′s Save the Music Foundation where she was co-chair. During Amy’s oversight, Save The Music partnered with artists, brands and educators to start music programs at over 250 public schools – including our first-ever music technology grants – impacting thousands of students nationwide. She has also been honored by many non-profit organizations including the UJA and the ACLU.

Finally, as much as I respect Amy as a leader, I equally admire her as a friend. She’s not just there for the good times, she’s been there for the tough ones too. I’m not going to lie; this is a hard one for me. Amy and I have been working side by side for most of those 20 years. She is a trusted and talented colleague, a valued confidant and advisor and, most importantly, my great friend.

I will miss her dearly as I know you will too.

The good news for all of us is that she’ll be here through the spring to help me with the transition.

Please join me in thanking Amy for everything she has done and wishing her the very best in her next chapter.

-Chris

 

With files from Megan Hynes

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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