Flannigan out at AOL, heads for MTV Nets


AOL vp programming Erik Flannigan has exited the company to join Viacom, where he will help lead digital endeavors at MTV Networks' Comedy Central and Spike TV, a Comedy Central spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Flannigan will report to Doug Herzog, president of Comedy Central, Spike TV and TV Land. He will help steer digital efforts for MTV's Entertainment Group as well as for its digital properties AtomFilms.com, Shockwave.com and AddictingClips.com.

During his tenure at AOL, Flannigan was vp programming for AOL Music, AOL Radio, Moviefone.com and AOL Television, spearheading several initiatives at the company, including the Web-based music service AOL Music Now. He joined the company in September 2005.

Mike Rich will replace Flannigan as vp and general manager of AOL Music, AOL Radio, Moviefone.com and AOL Television. He was vp programming, products and operations at AOL.

In August, MTV Networks purchased Atom Entertainment, gaining gaming sites Shockwave.com and AddictingGames.com and video sites AtomFilms.com and AddictingClips.com.

Meanwhile, Comedy Central announced Wednesday its debut of two broadband series, "Baxter & McGuire" and "Good God."

"Baxter," which chronicles the adventures of two friends who just happen to be testicles, will begin its eight-week run Nov. 6.

"God" is a live-action comedy portraying the inner sanctuary of God's workplace environment. The six-episode series debuts Thursday on ComedyCentral.com.