Emerson College Trustee Doug Herzog ’81, president of Viacom Entertainment Group, will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on Monday, October 20, during its 24th annual induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Co-hosted by Bob Costas of NBC Sports and Megyn Kelly of the Fox News Channel, other television figures who will also be inducted in this year’s ceremony include Robin Roberts of Good Morning America; Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball; Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group; and the TV shows Mad Men and Family Feud.
Viacom Entertainment Group is a multiplatform portfolio comprising the media brands Comedy Central, Spike, and TV Land. Herzog reports to Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman, a fellow Hall of Famer.
Herzog is widely recognized for creating long-running megahits that become cultural phenomena. Under his leadership, Comedy Central, Spike, and TV Land have launched some of the most successful original franchises including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park, Hot in Cleveland, and Bar Rescue. Herzog also oversees the development of multiple platforms for all three brands, including mobile apps, websites, and VOD.
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 Dead Zone and Monk. Prior to USA, Herzog served as president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Co. (1998–2000) with successes such as the hit comedy Malcolm in the Middle and the cult favorite Action.
During his first tenure at MTV, Herzog became president of MTV Productions, developing and supervising MTV News and popular shows such as The Real World, Unplugged, and Road Rules, as well as the signature MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. He then moved to the position of president of Comedy Central, where among other hit shows, he launched the network’s famed Roast franchise.
Herzog received a BS in mass communications from Emerson. In addition to serving on Emerson’s Board of Trustees, he serves on the boards of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Noreen Fraser Foundation, and New York Collaborates for Autism.