TV Executive for MTV-VH1-CMT-LOGO Gay Channel
Brian Graden (born 1963) is a
born American television executive.
Brian Graden grew up in Illinois and graduated from Hillsboro High
School in 1981. Brian Graden graduated from Oral Roberts University
in 1985 with a degree in business, and later graduated with an MBA
from Harvard University.
Brian Graden began working in television, ultimately becoming an
executive at FOX, during which time Brian Graden saw Trey Parker and
Matt Stone's animated short film Jesus vs Frosty. Brian Graden
commissioned them to make another film to give as a Christmas card
to his friends. The film, The Spirit of Christmas, became well known
online and among celebrities and college students. Brian Graden
later helped Parker and Stone develop the animation into the series
Brian Graden is the former President of Programming at MTV, VH1, CMT,
and the LGBT channel, Logo, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender audience which Brian Graden assisted in the launch.
Brian Graden departed MTV Networks in late 2009.
In the April 2007 issue of Out Magazine Brian Graden was ranked the
number ten most powerful gay person in America. Brian Graden has
also been named one of the most influential executives in reality
Oxfield, Jesse, Idov, Michael (March 4, 2007), ‘Out’ Ranks the Top
50 Gays; Anderson Is No. 2, New York Magazine. Retrieved June 28,
Brian Graden: President of entertainment, MTV Networks Music
Interview with USA Today
Brian Graden's band web site: Ace Oxygen and the Ozones
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