Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Programming & Strategy
Steve Grimes is Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Programming & Strategy, based in Comedy Centralís New York City offices. He reports to David Bernath, Executive Vice President, Programming & Multiplatform Strategy, Comedy Central and Erik Flannigan, Executive Vice President, Multiplatform Strategy & Development, Viacom Entertainment Group.
Grimes is responsible for multiplatform programming strategy and overseeing Comedy Centralís media initiatives across all platforms. The two-time Emmyģ winner is charged with developing programming extensions to Comedy Central's franchises, maximizing multiplatform revenue growth opportunities and expanding Comedy Central to emerging platforms, including app development, in which his team most-recently launched the critically-acclaimed and award-winning CC: Stand-up app.
Grimes joined Comedy Central in 2010 from Topps, the legendary sports-card company owned by Michael Eisner, where he was Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. He joined Topps in 2008 as the companyís first chief digital officer where he had global responsibility for developing new digital offerings for the various brands within the Topps family. Before Topps, he spent more than three years at the NBA as Vice President, Interactive Services, responsible for the award-winning NBA.com Internet Network. In 2007, he was named to Sports Business Journalís Top 20 most influential people in online sports.
Prior to the NBA, Grimes spent five years as General Manager for RealNetworks, a leading creator of digital media services and software. He began his digital career in the early days of the Internet at Starwave Corporation, developing some of the first online advertising programs for ESPN.com, ABCNews.com and the official sites of the NFL, NASCAR and the NBA. Earlier, he held various creative positions in traditional advertising agencies in Chicago and London.
Grimes attended the Plymouth College of Art & Design in Plymouth, England, where he graduated with honors.