Dermot McCormack has left Viacom to become president of AOL Video & AOL Studios, where he’ll be tasked with expanding AOL’s original video programming, video channels and premium content.
McCormack, who most recently was president of video and studios at Viacom, succeeds AOL On founder Ran Harnevo, who has left to “pursue other opportunities,” but will remain as executive producer of AOL’s first long-form original series, Connected.
In his new role, McCormack will toggle his time between New York and Beverly Hills and head up two units of AOL Platforms -- AOL On, a curated platform featuring 14 channels, and BE On, a globally-focused entertainment platform. McCormack reports to AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong, and Bob Lord, CEO of AOL Platforms.
AOL said it has launched nearly 50 original series since 2011, including Park Bench With Steve Buscemi and The Future Starts Here, and distributes content on 15 connected platforms, including the Apple TV. evices, including Apple TV.
“I have watched the evolution of AOL’s video strategy closely and have seen it develop into a thriving business poised to break out. I am delighted to be joining AOL now to make sure it does just that,” McCormack said, in a statement.
At Viacom, McCormack most recently ran Viacom Music & Logo’s Connected Content Group, heading up non-linear brand properties initiatives for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. Prior to joining Viacom in 2008, McCormack was SVP of interactive product management at Cablevision Systems, and before that was co-founder and CTO of Flooz.com, billed as the “world's first online gift currency.”