Under Neumeyer’s leadership, MTV and VH1 had eight of the top 10 reality series on cable with 18-34s last year. She didn’t let the pandemic slow her roll in 2020. During COVID, she was instrumental in keeping shows up and running—and even got new programs off the ground such as “True Life: Quarantine,” a series about how young people’s crucial life stage moments—like college graduation, giving birth, breakups—were affected by the pandemic quarantine. Promoted from svp, development at MTV and VH1 to her current role in July 2019, Neumeyer is known as a passionate advocate for storytelling that inspires empathy and hope. She spearheaded an effort with MTV’s social impact group to begin engaging key partners in recovery and addiction to develop 16andrecovering.com, a resource to assist parents, educators, community and elected leaders to reframe how they saw adolescent addiction. She’s also passionate that working parents feel supported at this time. “I think that it’s OK to ask the women that have the privilege that we have in senior positions to protect the younger women that are coming up and not make them feel that motherhood is an impediment,” she says.
What is one of your proudest moments during the pandemic? Keeping my team mentally healthy, productive, and whole is my proudest achievement during the pandemic. Fostering a sense of community amongst the team helped them get through the isolation and uncertainty.