Chris McCarthy
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United States

MTV Networks, Paramount+


President & CEO, Paramount Media Networks / Chief Content Officer, Unscripted Entertainment & Adult Animation, Paramount+

McCarthy has risen fast in Bob Bakish’s Paramount Global, emerging as the CEO’s key lieutenant — and handed the company’s biggest problems. In October, the sizable operation of Showtime Networks came under his purview, which already includes MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Paramount Network. He has done a good job with a weak hand in keeping MTV on the air with linear binge-model scheduling of rerun blocks (think “Ridiculous­ness”) in order to put more resources into shows with higher returns. McCarthy has nurtured the Taylor Sheridan universe of dramas and scored with CBS’ revival of “The Challenge,” but his 2023 to-do list includes finding a new nexus for Comedy Central with Trevor Noah bowing out.  


  • Paramount Global
  • MTV Networks
  • VH1


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

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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Marc Maron Joins Melissa McCarthy in Universal's Holiday Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

Marc Maron Joins Melissa McCarthy in Universal's Holiday Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

Marc Maron has joined the cast of Universal's untitled New York Christmas movie, written by Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually."Maron is starring alongside Melissa McCarthy and Paapa Essiedu in the film, a fairy-tale comedy about a workaholic man who enlists the help of a magical genie to help win his family back before Christmas. Sam Boyd, who wrote and created the Anna Kendrick-led HBO Max series "Love Life," will...


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