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AOL announces new president of video

Dermot McCormack is joining the media company from Viacom to head AOL Studios, while Ran Harnevo (pictured) exits the company.
October 7, 2014

dermotmccormackAOL has hired Viacom’s Dermot McCormack (pictured right) to become president of AOL Video and AOL Studios, just as Ran Harnevo exits the digital media company.

Harnevo has left to pursue other opportunities and return to his “entrepreneurial roots,” according to a release. He will remain as executive producer of AOL’s first long-form series, Connected.

“It’s been an amazing 8 years from the early days of the online video industry to where we are right now at AOL,” said Harnevo (pictured at top), in a statement. “Building 5min Media as a small startup and then getting acquired 4 years later to keep going full speed and reach our vision, was the best experience in my professional life.”

McCormack will lead the video network called AOL On, as well as AOL Studios, overseeing the creation and distribution of original programming. He will be based in both New York City and Beverly Hills, and will report to AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong, as well as Bob Lord, CEO of AOL Platforms.

McCormack joins AOL after almost 6 years at Viacom where he most recently ran Viacom Music & Logo’s Connect Content Group including non-linear initiatives for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo.

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Melita Kuburas is the editor of StreamDaily. You can reach her directly at press[at]streamdaily.tv or on Twitter @melitakuburas

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