Brian Graden’s media career has spanned several decades, but his continual ability to engage with young audiences defies any notion of a generation gap. From his early days at Fox to being named President of Entertainment at MTV Networks to his latest forays into the streaming sphere, Brian Graden’s career has always placed him on trend and on point. The executive responsible for hits like South Park, TRL, Jersey Shore, and countless others, Brian Graden always considers his most important work to be whatever’s coming next.
Brian Graden Media, founded in 2013, takes Brian Graden’s combination of experience and dynamism to create some of the most forward-looking and unconventional programming in the on-demand entertainment world of today. BGM’s original work can be found on cable networks Oxygen and Logo as well as part of YouTube’s Original programming and Netflix. Having already won an Emmy for HitRECord on TV starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, BGM’s team is poised to continue on the legacy built by its founder and CEO.
Brian Graden also contributes his voice to equality-based causes, fomenting MTV’s Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence campaign during his tenure as the network’s President of Entertainment. He’s received the GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award for Excellence in Media, the EQCA Award for Commitment to Advancing LGBT Equality, and the Equality Forum’s National Role Model award recognizing his commitment to civil rights for the LGBT community.
When he’s not working, Brian Graden is a hobbyist musician, continuing to exercise his musical passion during his rare downtime. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Before joining MTV Networks, Graden was an executive at FoxLab, where he was first introduced to the future creators and executive producers of "South Park", Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Upon seeing Parker's full-length animated musical "Cannibal the Musical", Graden commissioned the creation of a Christmas e-card by the team. "The Spirit of Christmas," the five minute short that Graden spread to his friends, first introduced the now-iconic main characters of "South Park".  Graden later shared the Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)" in 1998 with Parker, Stone, and the rest of the "South Park" team. He was one of the show's executive producers.