Executive Vice President, Multiplatform Strategy and Development - Viacom Entertainment Group
Erik Flannigan is Executive Vice President, Multiplatform Strategy and Development, Viacom Entertainment Group. He is based in the network's Los Angeles office and reports to Doug Herzog, President of Viacom Entertainment Group.
The Entertainment Group is comprised of a multi-platform portfolio of brands featuring the COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV and TV Land cable channels and Web sites, as well as the internet site GameTrailers.com. Flannigan supervises the linear channels’ digital media teams, overseeing the networks’ digital programming initiatives, to maximize revenue growth opportunities for the Entertainment Group. He also oversees all of their digital businesses as well.
Flannigan brings a wealth of experience in digital programming and content development to the job, with a deep and varied business background in Web development, digital media, video-on-demand as well as online and offline subscription services. He is a seasoned manager of multi-disciplinary teams and has extensive hands-on experience in creative editorial and content specialization for movies, music, television, sports and news.
Flannigan joined Viacom from AOL in Los Angeles in 2006, where he had been Vice President of Programming, responsible for strategic and operational oversight of Moviefone.com, AOL Music, AOL Radio and AOL Television. Before that, he was at Buena Vista Datacasting/The Walt Disney Company (2003-2005) in Burbank, CA as Vice President of Programming, overseeing programming and acquisitions for MovieBeam and prior to that, Vice President of Music Services and Programming at RealNetworks in Seattle (2001-2003). Earlier, Flannigan was Senior Vice President, Entertainment Verticals, for the Walt Disney Internet Group in Seattle (1995-2001).
During his various tenures in the digital media world, Flannigan was also active in publishing as managing editor of ICE magazine, contributing editor of The Rocket as well as working on several albums and books. He is a graduate of the University Washington in Seattle.