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Brian Graden leaving MTV Networks

Brian Graden, president, entertainment, of MTV Networks Music Group and cable channel Logo, is leaving the posts at the end of this year upon expiration of his contract, according to various reports. Graden has led the charge in programming for MTV, VH1, MTV2 and CMT, and with Logo, was responsible for programming specifically for the channel's LGBT audience. He'd been with MTVN for 12 years, shaping MTV's move to more reality-oriented fare and bringing such hits to the network as The Hills, America's Best Dance Crew, Making The Band, Pimp My Ride, Punk'd, My Super Sweet 16,Jackass, The Osbournes and Total Request Live. He'd also made similar inroads with programming at VH1. Reports say Graden plans on developing projects he's writing, and that there are no plans to fill his post.
June 16, 2009

Brian Graden, president, entertainment, of MTV Networks Music Group and cable channel Logo, is leaving the posts at the end of this year upon expiration of his contract, according to various reports. Graden has led the charge in programming for MTV, VH1, MTV2 and CMT, and with Logo, was responsible for programming specifically for the channel’s LGBT audience. He’d been with MTVN for 12 years, shaping MTV’s move to more reality-oriented fare and bringing such hits to the network as The Hills, America’s Best Dance Crew, Making The Band, Pimp My Ride, Punk’d, My Super Sweet 16,Jackass, The Osbournes and Total Request Live. He’d also made similar inroads with programming at VH1. Reports say Graden plans on developing projects he’s writing, and that there are no plans to fill his post.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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