Doug Herzog

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Douglas Alan "Doug" Herzog (born July 16, 1959), from Paterson, New Jersey,[1] is an American television executive.


Herzog is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston.

Business career[edit]

He is currently serving as President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group after Van Toffler left Viacom Media Networks on February 17, 2015, overseeing networks such as MTV, VH1, Logo TV, Comedy Central, Palladia, Spike, and Epix. He is credited with bringing South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report to Comedy Central and canceling Mystery Science Theater 3000.

He has held senior positions with USA Network, where he helped launch Monk, and at Fox, launching Malcolm in the Middle. Prior to his first association with Comedy Central, he had been an Associate Producer on CNN and TBS, and a senior manager at MTV, and was responsible for MTV News, Camp MTV, The Real World, Road Rules, Beavis and Butt-head, The MTV Movie Awards, and The MTV Video Music Awards.

After college, one of his early jobs was as a music-segment producer on the nationally syndicated Entertainment Tonight show in Hollywood.

He is also mentioned in the South Park episode "Cartoon Wars Part II". In the episode, Kyle gives a speech to the president of the network as Cartman threatens to shoot him. The speech, in which Kyle begs the president not to censor an image of Muslim prophet Muhammad, is taken almost verbatim from a speech that Trey Parker gave to Herzog concerning censorship of the episode, so Kyle calls the president Doug, referring to Herzog. However, even though Muhammad had previously been shown on South Park, the image of Muhammad was censored by Comedy Central in "Cartoon Wars".


Herzog has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame[2]


  1. ^ MTV Networks Boss Doug Herzog: 'There's a Real Opportunity' to Expand Comedy Central's Late-Night
  2. ^ B&C Hall of Fame, Doug Herzog

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Business positions
Preceded by
Robert Kreek
President of Comedy Central
Succeeded by
Larry Divney
Preceded by
Peter Roth
President of FOX
Succeeded by
Gail Berman