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 said 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.

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

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

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

"Good God," a live-action comedy portraying God's workplace environment, debuts today on ComedyCentral.com.