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Doug Herzoghttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Doug-Herzog.aspxDoug Herzog<p></p><p>Doug Herzog is the President of Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group.   Until April of this year, Herzog led the Viacom Entertainment Group comprised of Comedy Central, Spike and TV Land.  He recently expanded his portfolio of brands and now oversees MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike and Logo.  <br><br>With a focus on developing highly-acclaimed original programming, Herzog is widely recognized in the industry for creating long-running mega-hits that become cultural phenomena. Under Herzog's leadership, Comedy Central, Spike and TV Land have launched some of television's most successful original franchises including "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "South Park," "Broad City," "Key & Peele," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Hot in Cleveland,"  "Bar Rescue,"   and "Lip Sync Battle."</p><p><br>Herzog rejoined Viacom in 2004, having begun with MTV in 1984 just three years after the launch of the network. Prior to his return, he served as President of USA Network (2001-2004) with a continued emphasis on original programming, including  the award-winning "Monk."  Prior to USA, Herzog served as President of Entertainment for FOX Broadcasting Company (1998-2000). Among his successes at FOX was the hit comedy "Malcolm in the Middle."  <br><br>During his first tenure with MTV, Herzo​g rose to become President of MTV Productions. Herzog developed and supervised MTV News and popular shows such as "The Real World," "Unplugged" and "Road Rules," as well as the network's signature "MTV Movie Awards" and "MTV Video Music Awards."<br> <br>He then moved to the position of President of Comedy Central in 1995 where, in addition to spearheading several current signature standouts, he launched cult hits such as "Win Ben Stein's Money," "Strangers with Candy" and the network's "Roast" franchise.<br> <br>Herzog received his B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston, where he sits on the board. He also serves on the boards of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Noreen Fraser Foundation and New York Collaborates for Autism.​</p>President - Viacom Music & Entertainment Group
Sean Atkinshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Sean-Atkins.aspxSean Atkins<p><span style="font-size:12pt;">Sean Atkins is the President of MTV, </span><span style="font-size:12pt;">the world's premier youth entertainment brand. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;">A veteran media executive with expertise across disciplines</span><span style="font-size:12pt;">, Atkins</span><span style="font-size:12pt;"> oversees all creative and business operations for MTV and its sister networks, MTV2 and mtvU. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;">Based in New York, he reports to Doug Herzog, President, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">With executive experience at Discovery, HBO and Yahoo!, Atkins has held leadership positions across development, digital media, production, strategy, marketing, product development and consumer products. He joined MTV from Discovery Communications where he most recently, as General Manager & Executive Vice President of Digital Media and Strategy, was responsible for driving the company’s original online video strategy and networks including Revision3, WourceFed, Discovery News and TestTube. Prior to joining the Digital Media team, Atkins ran west coast operations for Discovery Studios – Discovery Communications’ full-service production house that develops and produces original, multiplatform programming. While with Discovery Studios, which he joined in February 2009, Atkins managed development and production of all programming out of LA, and supervised key programs for numerous Discovery networks.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><br><span style="font-size:12pt;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Atkins served as Senior Vice President of Digital Media at HBO, where he helped conceptualize and build the platform that ultimately became HBOGo. Previously, he was head of programming and development at Yahoo! Entertainment, where he oversaw content development, leading the company’s first comprehensive video strategy and repositioning several verticals to successfully target Millennial viewers. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Before Yahoo! Entertainment, Atkins was acting-COO for Vulcan Programming, a project with Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures and A. Smith & Co. where he managed the development and creation of a slate of cable and interactive networks. Atkins served concurrently as Executive Vice President of A. Smith & Co, overseeing development and production for the company’s broad slate of projects with more than 20 networks.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Previously, Atkins held positions with Warner Bros., Mediaconnex and Disney. At Warner Bros., he headed up programming and production for Entertaindom, a new division that ultimately spanned all of Time Warner's digital entertainment assets before leaving to become the founding CEO of an Internet start-up Mediaconnex. Atkins started his career with Disney, helping develop numerous initiatives including the first international Disney Channels, original and co-produced shows, and the Disney/ABC Cable New Media group, which was responsible for managing the cable network’s internet and cross-media programming. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Atkins has a bachelor’s degree in film/television production and marketing from California Lutheran University and a MBA from the University of Southern California. He is based in MTV’s New York City headquarters and makes his home with his wife and four children. <br></span></p>President of MTV
Erik Flanniganhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Erik-Flannigan-.aspxErik Flannigan <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;">A veteran music, content development and digital programming executive, Erik Flannigan serves as the Executive Vice President of Music/Events Strategy & Development for MTV. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;">From the re-launch of MTV Live (formerly Palladia) to the reinvented “MTV Woodies 10 for ‘16” and re-invigoration of the 2016 “MTV Movie Awards,” which saw an increase in viewership of 54 percent year-over-year, Flannigan and his team serve as the engine powering the elevation of music into the network’s core programming. He is responsible for all strategy and development of MTV’s music performance series, specials and annual tentpole events, as well as oversight of the network’s Music and Talent division, emerging artist platforms, strategic partnerships and MTV Live. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;">Flannigan joined MTV full-time from a group role in Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group, where he oversaw multi-platform programming and product for MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Spike. In that role, he served as chief architect of the group’s digital strategy, spearheading innovative initiatives including launch of the nets' TV Everywhere applications, the South Park Studios joint venture and the initial availability of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” on Hulu. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;">He joined Viacom from AOL in 2006, where he served as GM of AOL Music and Vice President of Programming, responsible for strategic and operational oversight of AOL Music, AOL Radio, Moviefone.com and AOL Television. Before that, Flannigan worked at The Walt Disney Company as Vice President of Programming, overseeing programming and acquisitions for MovieBeam and prior to that, Vice President of Music Services and Programming at RealNetworks where he launched the first subscription streaming services in the US. Earlier, Flannigan was Senior Vice President, Entertainment Verticals, for the Walt Disney Internet Group, where he was the head of ABC.com, Movies.com, MrShowbiz.com and WallofSound.com. He is also a long-time music journalist, book author (Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell with Charles Cross, Harmony 1991) and live-album producer.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;">Flannigan is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and is based in Los Angeles where he resides with his wife, Thais Stiklorius and their two lovely children.<span>  </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman","serif";color:black;"></span></p><p><br></p>Executive Vice President of Music/Events Strategy & Development, MTV
Kristin Frankhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Kristin_Frank.aspxKristin Frank<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="font-family:"helvetica","sans-serif";color:black;"></span><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">A seasoned media executive and innovator, Kristin Frank brings more than twenty years of experience launching successful new businesses, driving revenue growth, managing profitable turnarounds, developing opportunities in digital and emerging technologies and pioneering approaches to audience building and engagement.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">As Executive Vice President, Revenue, Strategy & Operations for MTV, she combines her background as both a creative and business driver to lead MTV's revenue growth and long-term strategic planning initiatives. In addition, Frank continues her oversight of MTV's digital and mobile operations, including the development of original series for MTV's digital platforms and Snapchat Discover, the reimagination of MTV News, which currently reaches 83 million social followers and averages 30 million streams a month, and the proliferation of MTV's TV Everywhere product.  She also serves as General Manager of mtvU, MTV's college network reaching over 9 million college students across 750 campuses nationwide.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Frank's role builds on her record of consistently creating compelling content, new structures and strategies to expand MTV's multiscreen relationship with fans. Previously as Executive Vice President of Connected Content for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, Frank successfully built a data-driven content optimization platform that doubled traffic to MTV's digital platforms. She spearheaded the dramatic transformation of MTV News, hiring more than two dozen top-tier journalists, and grew MTV's industry-leading social footprint to more than 220 million followers worldwide. Her career has included leadership positions including: Senior Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1 Digital, Chief Operating Officer at Logo TV; Regional Vice President, MTV Networks Content and Distribution Group; Assistant Vice President of Corporate Development at Heller Financial.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Frank serves on the board and as chair of the compensation committee of Gaia, an over-the-top Lifestyle offering dedicated to finding and creating exclusive, informative and enlightening programming for those looking to expand their mind, body and spirit. Previously, she served as a member of the board and chair of the compensation committee for Gaiam, where she was instrumental in the strategic thinking and relaunch of Gaiam's ecommerce site, as well as in the development of the leading meditation app on Apple's iOs – Meditation Studio, the leading Apple iOs yoga app – Yoga Studio.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">A graduate of Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the University of Iowa, Kristin lives with her family in New York City.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="font-family:"helvetica","sans-serif";color:black;"></span><span style="font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;"></span></p> Kristin Frank, Executive Vice President of Revenue, Strategy & Operations, MTV
Michael Kleinhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Michael-Klein.aspxMichael Klein<p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">​​​Michael Klein is Executive Vice President of Original Content. He oversees all original programming, development, and creative across MTV and its related brands.  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">A veteran creative executive whose credits include "Vanity Fair Confidential" for ID; "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "Man V. Food" for Travel Channel; and "What Not to Wear" and "Miami Ink" for TLC, Klein joined MTV in March 2016 from Condé Nast Entertainment, where he served most recently as Executive Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy, Digital Channels.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his role at Condé Nast Entertainment, Klein was responsible for programming strategy, development, and production for the company's portfolio of Millennial-targeted digital channels across unscripted, scripted, animation, documentary, and virtual reality.  Under Klein's leadership, the portfolio – which includes <em>Vogue</em>, <em>Vanity Fair</em>, <em>Glamour</em>, <em>Wired</em>, <em>GQ</em>, and <em>The New Yorker</em> – attracted more than 2.7 billion video views last year and produced award-winning series including Glamour's "Screw You Cancer" and GQ's "Casualties of the Gridiron."  Earlier, as Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming, he was a member of the senior team that launched Condé Nast Entertainment.  In that role, Klein oversaw development and production of original non-fiction programming including "Vanity Fair Confidential"<em> </em>for ID, "The New Yorker Presents,"<em> </em>and "The Fashion Fund" for Amazon. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to launching Condé Nast Entertainment, Klein served as Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for the Sundance Channel.  There, he helped drive the network to the highest audience engagement in its history with original series including "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys," "All On The Line with Joe Zee," and "Push Girls."  Earlier, Klein served as Senior Vice President of Content for the Travel Channel, where he helped engineer a network renaissance and record ratings with original series including "Man V. Food" and "Ghost Adventures".  ​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Klein has also held executive roles at Discovery Communications Inc. including Vice President of Program Production at TLC, where he launched brand-redefining series including "Little People, Big World," "What Not to Wear," and "Miami Ink."  </p>Executive Vice President of Original Content
Robyn DeMarcohttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Robyn-DeMarco.aspxRobyn DeMarco<p>​Robyn DeMarco is Executive Vice President, Programming & Content Strategy for MTV, responsible for leading the programming strategy, acquisitions and content windowing for the network.  Robyn is charged with creating a cohesive strategy designed to super-serve MTV's audience and maximize viewership across MTV 360. MTV caters to the highly coveted P12-34 demo in which MTV has been the #1 full day, ad-supported entertainment cable network for the last 4 years.</p><p>Robyn is the architect of MTV's content ecosystem which features over 480 original hours of programming annually.  Her leadership and management of MTV's short and long-term content schedule includes curating the network's various programming destinations, including MTV's signature primetime originals block known as "The 10 Spot" and the channel's weekday afternoon and weekend slates. Robyn partners with MTV's Development team to guide future programming and identify opportunities.</p><p>DeMarco is based in New York where she resides with her husband and two lovely children.  Television programming has always been Robyn's passion. She reports to Stephen Friedman, President of MTV.</p>Executive Vice President, Programming & Content Strategy
Mina Lefevrehttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Mina-Lefevre.aspxMina Lefevre<p style="line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">​​​​​​​​Mina Lefevre is the Executive Vice President and Head of Scripted Development at MTV. Lefevre was with ABC Family from the beginning and was behind the network’s highest-rated hits, including “Pretty Little Liars,” “Melissa & Joey,” “Jane by Design,” and “Lying Game.” Mina was instrumental in establishing ABC Family as a pop culture player, and she has demonstrated a proven ability to make hits that connect with young adults. She most recently developed the ABC Family hits “The Fosters” and “Twisted.”</p><p style="line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">She now oversees all of MTV’s scripted development and programming, in addition to films. Mina is a creative voice within the MTV team, helping build the network’s diverse lineup of reality programming and smart scripted shows. She is based in Santa Monica​.</p><p style="line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Having originally joined Fox Family Network, Lefevre stayed on after the channel was sold to ABC. She was a key part of the core team tasked with developing shows to help define the unknown and newly established ABC Family network. After some early success with reality, Lefevre came into her own with a string of breakthrough scripted hits – chief among them “Pretty Little Liars,” ABC Family’s #1 original series and the #1 scripted cable series for female teens.  Another hit “Melissa & Joey,” starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, ranks as ABC Family’s most watched original comedy. In addition to primetime scripted series, Lefevre also oversaw ABC Family’s original movie slate, with titles including “Teen Spirit,” “Revenge of the Bridesmaids” and “12 Dates of Christmas” to her name. Prior to Fox Family Network, she spent several years at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. She began her entertainment career at Flicker Fusion Films, as a producer on several independent features and shorts.</p>Executive Vice President and Head of Scripted Development
Garrett Englishhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Garrett-English.aspxGarrett English<p>​​​Garrett English<strong> </strong>brings MTV's world class events to life as Senior Vice President for MTV Programming, Events and Live Production. In this role Mr. English serves as the lead production executive for all of MTV's tent pole programs, initiatives and special events, as well as Executive Producer of the "MTV Movie Awards," "MTV Video Music Awards," "mtvU Woodie Awards," "OMAs," "MTV Unplugged" and other live broadcast events. He uses his expertise to bridge the creative and business operations worlds and leads the strategic management and execution of production, development, talent, budgeting and negotiation of production talent deals for MTV events.  <br> <br>Mr. English previously served as Vice President of Production, Executive in Charge, MTV Music, Specials and Events. In this role, which he held since 2004, he effectively performed the key lead roles of Executive Producer and Executive in Charge for the VMA's and Movie Awards as well as for landmark MTV events such as the 2008's "Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural" special, 2010's "A Conversation with President Obama" and the "Hope for Haiti Telethon" which aired<em> </em>across all major U.S. television networks as well as globally.<br> <br>A 20-year MTV veteran, Mr. English joined MTV in 1995 as a Production Manager for MTV News and Documentaries including work on "Choose or Lose '96"<em> </em>and the MTV Movie Awards and VMAs pre-shows. In 1999, he was promoted to Line Producer with MTV's Music, Special and Events unit producing MTV's tent pole event programming. In 2001, Mr. English moved across the pond to the U.K. to join the MTV Networks International team as the Director of Production and Programming Operations where he quickly rose to the Head of Production and Operations for MTV Networks International & MTV Networks Europe in 2003. During his international tenure, Mr. English spearheaded countless global MTV music and pro-social events as Executive Producer of the MTV Japan Inaugural Event in Tokyo in 2001, the 2002 & 2003 Staying Alive Concerts in South Africa, the 2004 & 2005 MTV Russia Music Awards in Moscow, Russia, as well as numerous Staying Alive documentaries and on air PSA campaigns including Staying Alive: a Global Forum on HIV/AIDS with Bill Clinton and the notable documentary "Staying Alive: Meeting Mandela."<br>  <br> Mr. English also is the co-founder and board member of the Staying Alive Foundation, a global grant-making organization dedicated to encouraging, energizing and empowering young people who are involved in HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention around the world.<br> <br>Before joining MTV, Mr. English worked as a municipal bond broker on Wall Street. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelors of Arts in History.​</p>Senior Vice President, MTV Programming, Events and Live Production
Laurel Weirhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Jane-Gould.aspxLaurel Weir<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Laurel Weir is Senior Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research for MTV. In her role, Weir leads all research efforts for the youth entertainment brand – including consumer insights, trend forecasting, and multiplatform measurement – to inform its development, programming, marketing, and more. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Weir joined MTV from the Viacom Kids and Family Group, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research, overseeing research for adult-focused networks TV Land, CMT, and Nick At Nite.  In her role, she was responsible for developing and cultivating research on the competitive adult marketplace and television landscape.  She also oversaw program, brand, and consumer insights, as well as multiplatform analytics. ​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier, Weir served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research at TV Land, which she joined in 2002.  During her tenure at the network, Weir made her mark as a lead strategist behind its rebrand and pivot to original programming.  She was critical in developing audience targets for the network's current slate of comedies, including "Younger" and "Teachers."  Her work at TV Land earned her several industry recognitions, including a David Ogilvy Award for Excellence in Advertising Research.</p>Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research
Colin Helmshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/Colin-Helms.aspxColin Helms<p><strong></strong>Colin Helms is Senior Vice President of Connected Content for MTV at Viacom Media Networks. In this role, he leads both the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic growth of MTV's multiscreen initiatives, including the programming and production of original video, editorial, games and apps for MTV.com and related digital platforms. Additionally, Colin oversees MTV's newly created content creation lab for new platforms. </p><p>Working closely with both sales and integrated marketing, Colin has driven strong revenue growth during his six-year tenure, including a 50% growth in unique visitors and 265% growth in video streams.</p><p>Under Colin's leadership, MTV.com has become one of the most visited online music destinations, and MTV has become one of the largest brands on Facebook with more than 145 million fans and on Twitter with more than 11 millions followers, respectively. MTV ranks as the #1 brand on platforms such as Instagram and Foursquare and is currently the #1 TV brand on Tumblr.</p><p>Colin also plays a vital role in amplifying MTV on-air programming through transmedia and social co-viewing experiences, particularly around MTV's successful multiplatform tentpole events, including MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards and mtvU Woodies. </p><p>Colin's past responsibilities for MTV Digital include VP of Programming and Editorial Director. Prior to MTV, Colin was one of the founding editors of the urban men's lifestyle magazine Complex and the editor-in-chief of the college music journal and annual music festival CMJ.</p>Senior Vice President of Connected Content
Dan Yanghttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/DanYang.aspxDan Yang<p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;">D</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">an Yang is</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> Executive Vice Pr</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">e</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">sident, Strategy and Business Development, for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, which comprises a multiplatform portfolio of brands led by Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, VH1, MTV2 and Logo. Yang reports to John Cucci, Chief Operating Officer for the group.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Y</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">ang oversees strategic planning, operational initiatives, partnerships, and investments across the group's assets. He is responsible for advising the group's senior management on long-range business strategy, content deals, and distribution plans. Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in Viacom's investment in Bellator Fighting Championships, led the formation and launch of the South Park Digital Studios Joint Venture, and played a key role in developing the TV Land Originals Strategy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">He </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">is also General Manager of 345 Games, which publishes and licenses video games based on the group's brands and television shows such as Deadliest Warrior: The Game, which became a top 10 best-selling XBLA title of that year. In addition, he manages the download-to-own video business for the group.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Yang was formerly Vice President of Operations for the Viacom Music Group's Enterprises Division, where he was responsible for operations, strategy, and business development for all off-air businesses including home video, video games, syndication, direct-to-video film, and consumer products. He helped create the direct-to-video film business that launched Dale, which was nominated for 2 Emmys. He also expanded the group's business in video gaming by leading the acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, which became the leader in music-based games.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Previously, he was a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</span></p>Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group
John Cuccihttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/johncucci.aspxJohn Cucci<p><span style="line-height:1.6;">​​John </span><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Cucc</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">i</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, which comprises a multiplatform portfolio of brands led by </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Comedy Central,</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">MTV,</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Spike,</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">VH1,</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">MTV2</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">and</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Logo. In this position, Cucci directly oversees the Music & Entertainment Group's corporate strategy and business development functions, production and production technologies, as well as oversight and responsibility for the group's multiplatform strategy and operations.​</span></p><p>Prior to his current position, Cucci served as Chief Financial Officer for MTV Networks (2003-2006) where he was responsible for managing the worldwide financial operations of the company. Before that, Cucci spent twelve years at Comedy Central as one of the key architects in the launch and expansion of the all comedy channel, arriving at its inception in March of 1991 as Vice President, Finance and Controller and growing with the network into the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2001, a position he held until his move to the channel's parent company, MTV Networks, as CFO.</p><p>From 1980-1991, Cucci worked at HBO and parent company Time Warner in various senior financial leadership roles.  He started his career working as a public accountant for Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, then a big eight accounting firm, which he joined immediately out of college.​</p><p>Cucci holds a Masters Degree in Business from Columbia University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware.</p>Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group
Kassie Canterhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/kassiecanter.aspxKassie Canter<p><span style="line-height:1.6;">As Executive Vice President of Communications for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, Kassie Canter oversees all corporate communications</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> and entertainment publicity for the multiplatform portfolio of brands led by MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, VH1, MTV2 and Logo.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">C</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">anter is responsible for all internal and external communications, developing and implementing a coordinated communications strategy, and supporting the group's focus through media outreach, messaging, and other communications opportunities, including conferences and events. She also manages the individual Music & Entertainment Group's communications teams as they publicize content and communicate the value of their brands in the marketplace.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">P</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">r</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">eviously, Canter served as Chief Communications Officer for Oxygen Media, where she oversaw all public relations and public affairs activities. Prior to joining Oxygen, Canter was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Media Relations for NBC. In her role, she led all communications for NBC Corporate, NBC News, NBC Sports, CNBC and MSNBC, and managed corporate communications around acquisitions, legislative issues, and the Olympics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Bo</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">th independently and with the public relations firm Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, Canter has served as a communications consultant for various media brands throughout her career, including AMC Networks, Lifetime, The Weather Channel, and Viacom's own Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon. She has been a lecturer on the faculty of Columbia University's Masters Program in Strategic Communications.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Can</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">ter holds a MPA from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA from Tufts University.</span></p>Executive Vice President of Communications, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group
Tanya Gileshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Bios/Pages/TanyaGiles.aspxTanya Giles<p><span style="line-height:1.6;">As Executive Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group,</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Tanya Giles</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">is responsible for the strategic oversight of research and planning for all multiplatform business units affiliated with the group.</span></p><p>Charged with leading research for the group, which comprises a multiplatform portfolio of brands led by Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, VH1, MTV2 and Logo, Giles oversees all related research and planning teams and serves as chief research advisor to the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group's senior management team, specifically responsible for delivering comprehensive, strategic and integrated marketing research plans for the division, which caters primarily to Men 18-49.</p><p>Giles and her team have conceived, fielded and released a variety of insightful and impactful research studies in the last year designed to support the Viacom Entertainment Group's ad sales organization, all with the aim of providing the group's advertising and marketing partners first-hand knowledge of their target audiences. Giles and her team's consumer expertise has become well-recognized in the industry, resulting in a variety of industry leadership positions and acknowledgments including multiple CTAM Case Study Awards and the ARF David Ogilvy Award, as well as membership on the Web Analytics Association Steering Committee and the CTAM Conference Steering Committee.</p><p>Giles' internal research has had an extensive impact on the programming and marketing strategies for each of the group's brands. Her team's extensive research on Gen Y humor styles for Comedy Central led to the development of more topical comedy formats ("Tosh.0″). Her multi-tiered research for TV Land with 40-somethings identified a key white space in the cable landscape (scripted sitcoms), which let to the development of current TV Land hits ("Hot in Cleveland", "Retired at 35″, etc.). On Spike, Giles' research identified the networks' next growth opportunity for development (Men 35-54), which is informing Spike's latest brand re-fresh as well as ongoing development strategy.</p><p>Prior to her current position, Giles served as Senior Vice President, Research and Planning, Viacom Entertainment Group, a position she served after initially joining the Entertainment Group as TV Land's Vice President of Research and Planning, where she managed all research for TV Land's linear and online audiences. Giles began her career in television in 1995 as a research analyst at CBS. Giles was then named Senior Analyst, Nickelodeon, where she supported Nickelodeon on both qualitative and quantitative research efforts, rising to director of the Nickelodeon Ratings Research Group.</p><p>Giles received her BA from Syracuse University and her MA from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. An avid runner who successfully completed the New York City Marathon, Giles lives in New York City with her husband David and sons Oscar and Malcolm, who was born in the back seat of a cab in Manhattan.​</p>Executive Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group