Chris McCarthy Named VH1 GM

Chris McCarthy has been named General Manager of VH1, replacing VH1 president Tom Calderone who is leaving the network.

McCarthy, who most recently oversaw MTV2 and Logo, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the reality series-driven VH1, reporting to Doug Herzog, President of the Viacom Music and Entertainment Group. 

Calderone informed VH1 staffers of his departure in a letter yesterday. “ I’m reaching out today because I am leaving the VH1 family. And with that in mind, my very first thought, was to send an email to say thank you to all of you,” Calderone said.

McCarthy will oversee a network that has delivered several top reality shows including the Love & Hip Hop franchise and recently has developed several original movies.

The network’s ratings in second quarter 2015 were down 19%, according to Nielsen.

“Chris is a multi-talented executive with a proven ability to build brands and drive viewership across very different demos,” said Herzog.  “He’s a forward-thinking leader for this new era in media and a terrific fit for VH1, a beloved brand with a strong team and a unique place in pop culture.” 

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.