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Erik Flannigan

Executive Vice President of Music and Multiplatform Strategy - Viacom Music & Entertainment Group

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Erik Flannigan is Executive Vice President of Music and Multiplatform Strategy for the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, a multiplatform portfolio of brands led by MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, VH1, MTV2 and Logo. In this role, Flannigan serves as the chief architect for the Music & Entertainment Group’s digital strategy, guiding the business through changes in technology and consumer behavior. Additionally, he oversees the Music and Talent division for MTV and VH1 on linear and digital screens. In that capacity, Flannigan spearheads strategy for the brands’ music programming and tentpoles, and runs Palladia, Viacom’s high-definition music channel. He is based in Viacom’s Los Angeles office and reports to Doug Herzog, President of Viacom Music & Entertainment Group.
Flannigan brings a wealth of experience in digital programming, content development and music to his role, with a deep and varied business background in product development and content distribution, as well as online and offline subscription services. He joined Viacom from AOL in 2006, where he had been Vice President of Programming, responsible for strategic and operational oversight of, AOL Music, AOL Radio and AOL Television. At AOL, he also served as the GM of AOL Music. Before that, Flannigan worked at Buena Vista Datacasting/The Walt Disney Company as Vice President of Programming, overseeing programming and acquisitions for MovieBeam and prior to that, Vice President of Music Services and Programming at RealNetworks. Earlier, Flannigan was Senior Vice President, Entertainment Verticals, for the Walt Disney Internet Group, where he was the head of,, and He is also a long-time music journalist, having contributed to Backstreets and authoring books, in addition to producing two live albums.
Flannigan is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.