Chris McCarthy
Courtesy of ViacomCBS
United States
2020

MTV Networks

Chris
McCarthy

President, MTV Entertainment Group

Now a year into his tenure controlling entertainment and youth brands, McCarthy’s terrain massively expanded in the wake of the 2019 merger between Viacom and CBS. He went from heading MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo to also overseeing Comedy Central, TV Land, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and all of their content studios. On his watch, scripted originals such as “Yellowstone” and awards magnet “Schitt’s Creek” surged to record viewership. McCarthy is also orchestrating the rebranding of the Paramount Movie Network, moving the channel out of longform series and instead focusing on made-for-TV movies featuring big-name stars. The plan is to program 52 original movies per year on the network for a weekly rollout.

Career

  • ViacomCBS
  • MTV Networks
  • VH1

Education

  • Drexel University (PA, USA)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

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Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

Now a year into his tenure controlling entertainment and youth brands, McCarthy’s terrain massively expanded in the wake of the 2019 merger between Viacom and CBS. He went from heading MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo to also overseeing Comedy Central, TV Land, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and all of their content studios. On his watch, scripted originals such as “Yellowstone” and awards magnet “Schitt’s Creek” surged to record viewership. McCarthy is also orchestrating the rebranding of the Paramount Movie Network,...

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