Brian Graden previously served as the President of Entertainment for MTV Networks Music Channels and President of Logo until December 2009. As President of Entertainment, Graden led and provided programming oversight to all the MTV music networks including MTV, VH1, MTV2 and CMT. At the helm of Logo, he was responsible for all aspects of the channel created specifically for the LGBT audience.
In 2010, Graden founded his own television and film production company, Brian Graden Media LLC., which is currently developing shows for VH1, USA and Pivot.
While at MTV, Graden took an extremely active role in MTV’s Emmy Award-winning “Fight For Your Rights” campaigns. Launched in 1999, the comprehensive pro-social initiatives focused on informing, empowering and providing young people with tangible solutions to some of their top concerns including violence, discrimination and sexual health.
Before joining MTV Networks, Graden tapped into the phenomenon that became South Park, as he commissioned Matt Stone and Trey Parker to create an animated short called “The Spirit of Christmas,” which he then sent out as a video Christmas card. The five-minute short quickly became the underground secret vice of Hollywood and was honored with the LA Film Critics’ Award for Best Animation. Prior to that, Graden ran Foxlab, Fox’s home for new and experimental projects, where he oversaw an array of programming initiatives. Graden also owned his own company, which produced several shows including the Dating Game for national syndication.
Graden holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.