Judy McGrath is resigning from her position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, parent company Viacom announced in a statement Thursday (May 5). McGrath, who began her career with the company as a copywriter at MTV in 1981, took on her most recent role at MTV in July of 2004. The company said that a successor would not be named.
With her departure, the executives in charge of MTV Networks' operating units -- Doug Herzog, President, MTVN Entertainment Group; Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music & Logo Group; and Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon & MTVN Kids & Family Group -- will report directly to Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman.
"The people of MTV Networks have always been singularly important to me," McGrath said in a statement. "Together we have built world-class brands that connect with fans from kid to adulthood, from 'SpongeBob' to 'Hot in Cleveland,' from 'Unplugged' to 'The Daily Show.' We have attracted and nurtured the best talent in the world, and I know that will always be a hallmark of the company. Creatively, financially, all the brands and businesses are in wonderful shape today. I leave with pride, joy and gratitude for the ride of a lifetime. I especially thank my friends and colleagues on the senior team, who will continue to lead a kick-ass organization. They have my respect and affection, always."
Philippe Dauman said, "Judy has long been the creative heart and inspiring soul of MTV Networks and has deservedly been associated with so much of the great entertainment, cultural relevance, social significance and business success that have defined our media networks over the years. Her positive and passionate spirit has helped create an organization that is recognized for truly listening to its audiences, not only about their entertainment choices, but also about the social issues and the causes that matter to them most.
"We will all miss Judy enormously, but we respect her decision and understand her desire to leave at the very top of the game with a legacy of success that stretches from the earliest days of cable television to current season highlights. The networks under her direction are rapidly expanding to new platforms and reaching new creative and ratings milestones, all under the able guidance of experienced and talented management teams. With a deep executive bench and our popular and growing stable of media network brands, we are confident that Viacom won't miss a beat and will flourish."