Doug Herzog

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Doug Herzog
Doug Herzog, September 2017 (2322) (cropped).jpg
Doug Herzog, September 2017
Douglas Alan Herzog

(1959-07-16) July 16, 1959 (age 60)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materEmerson College
OccupationFormer President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group
RelativesDebbie Herzog
AwardsBroadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame

Doug Herzog (born July 16, 1959) is an American television executive. He was formerly the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, he oversaw MTV, VH1, Logo TV, Comedy Central, Palladia, Spike, and Epix.[1] Herzog is credited with bringing South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report to Comedy Central. He was also responsible for the cancellation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on that network (which later turned up on the Sci-Fi Channel, was cancelled again, and revived much later on Netflix).


He was born to a Jewish family[2][3] in Paterson, New Jersey. Herzog graduated from Emerson College in Boston. After college, one of his early jobs was as a music-segment producer on the nationally syndicated Entertainment Tonight show in Hollywood.

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.

On December 21, 2016, Doug Herzog, the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group was fired by the company, effective on January 12, 2017.[4]


Herzog has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.[5]


  1. ^ James, Meg (February 19, 2015). "Doug Herzog takes over MTV, VH-1 in Viacom restructuring". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  2. ^ Bill Carter (Dec 28, 1998). "Risk-Taking 'Cable Guy' Risks Plenty On Network". The New York Times. He grew up in Paterson, N.J., where he was one of the only Jewish graduates of Paterson Catholic Regional High School
  3. ^ Klug, Lisa (23 June 2016). "Who said Jews run Hollywood? Inaugural list of 100 prominent players in Tinseltown shows a lack of diversity -- and a whole lot of MOT". Times of Israel.
  4. ^ MTV, Comedy Central Head Doug Herzog to Step Down
  5. ^ B&C Hall of Fame, Doug Herzog Archived January 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

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