NEW YORK, October 21, 2009 – COMEDY CENTRAL has named Melissa Bear senior vice president, business and legal affairs, east coast, and Michael Tenzer, senior vice president, business and legal affairs, west coast, it was announced by George Cheeks, EVP & co-general counsel, business and legal affairs headquarters, MTV Networks to whom they will report. Bear is based in the network’s New York City offices and Tenzer operates from COMEDY CENTRAL’S offices in Los Angeles.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have Melissa and Michael on our team,” said Cheeks. “They are tough negotiators, accomplished business strategists and have great relationships with the agents and lawyers we negotiate with every day. COMEDY CENTRAL’s interests will be well represented.”
Bear comes to COMEDY CENTRAL from sister MTVN Entertainment Group network TV Land where since 2007 she had been vice president, business and legal affairs, overseeing contract negotiations for all original programming, acquired programming and new business ventures as well as serving on the network president’s management team. Previously, she had held that position at MTVN’s VH1 and VH1Classic since 2005. Before that, Bear held various business affairs consulting positions (with Classic Media, Nickelodeon, Spike TV and VH1 in New York from 2001-2005). Bear also worked as a business affairs executive in Los Angeles from 1994-2001 at Paramount Television, USA Network, Columbia TriStar Television and Viacom Productions. She holds JD from Whittier College School of Law and a BA from Tulane University.
Tenzer joins COMEDY CENTRAL from International Creative Management (ICM) where he had been senior vice president and head of television businesses affairs responsible for the supervision and administration of all business affairs aspects of the agency’s television business. Prior to joining ICM in 1999, he was senior vice president, business affairs and administration at NBC (1998), vice president, business affairs at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (1996-98), vice president, business affairs at NBC (1987-96) and held the same title at Dick Clark Productions from 1984-87. Tenzer holds a JD from California Western School of Law, a BA from San Diego State University and has completed post-graduate studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
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MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.