May 24, 1960 |
Rob Barnett is the Founder & CEO of the entertainment studio and distributor of videos, My Damn Channel. Previously, Barnett has worked as a producer, programmer, and media executive in film, television, and radio.
Early in his career, Barnett worked at rock radio stations in Boston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He was on-air talent in all three markets, and the Program Director in Boston and Dallas. In 1981, Barnett presented The Rolling Stones in an exclusive, secret club gig for WAAF in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Barnett has produced radio, television, film, and new media with hundreds of diverse communicators including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Mick Jagger, Bono, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, Johnny Rotten and more. Barnett was the President of Programming for CBS Radio from 2004–2006, where he oversaw content development for more than 179 stations, and launched new formats in 30 markets.
Previously, he was a production and a programming exec at MTV and VH1 for more than 11 years where he produced news, specials, and series for both outlets and oversaw all network programming. At VH1, he was VP of Program Planning for the launch of iconic hit shows including “Behind the Music,” the program that fueled VH1’s ratings turnaround.
Barnett worked as an independent producer for projects including “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues,” a multi-part, PBS film series; “Staffers,” a reality TV series on politics; and “Inside the Bubble,” a documentary feature film on the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign.
My Damn Channel
In July 2007, Barnett created and founded My Damn Channel. My Damn Channel empowers filmmakers, comedians, actors, musicians, broadcasters and brands to co-produce, distribute and monetize original video on the My Damn Channel website and in syndication on all digital platforms. The company has launched some of the most successful, original comedy series including Wainy Days, Gigi: Almost American, Easy to Assemble, Horrible People, the cult phenomenon You Suck at Photoshop, and videos by Harry Shearer. My Damn Channel creates premium, branded entertainment and guarantees audience delivery for partners including HBO, Comcast, Subway, Puma, Trident, Southern Comfort, IKEA, and Lincoln. My Damn Channel has won numerous awards, worldwide media coverage, and major national advertisers.
Awards and nominations
Barnett is married and he has 3 kids and he lives in New Jersey.