MTVN Elevates Close, Samet


MTV Networks announced that Hank Close has been named executive vice president of ad sales for the programmer’s music and comedy group.

Close had been executive VP, ad sales for Comedy Central.

In his new role, he will be responsible for managing the on-air and online sales teams for MTV: Music Television, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Español, VH1, VH1 Classic, Country Music Television, Comedy and Logo.

The programmer also announced that Jessica Samet has been promoted to the newly created position of senior VP of original programming and series development for MTV.

Samet, who had been VP of the department, will be responsible for developing and overseeing original long-form original programming, working closely with the network’s scheduling, marketing, communications and advertising teams.