Graden to Head VH1 Programming


As expected, MTV: Music Television entertainment president Brian Graden will
head up VH1's programming duties as part of the network's recent executive

Graden -- who oversees content for all of MTV Networks, as well as its Web site -- will be responsible for developing programming to help
resuscitate VH1's struggling ratings. He will report to MTV and MTV2 president
Van Toffler.

VH1's April ratings were down 25 percent from the same period last year, and
several recently launched series have yet to break through on the network.

In fact, VH1 recently canceled original late-night talk show Late World
with Zach
after only two months due to poor ratings.

'VH1 has been and remains a great brand and has terrific brand identity, so
my job is to create great content worthy of that brand and to create it fast,'
Graden said.

He will look at a mix of original series and specials for the network, while
retaining high-profile programming such as My VH1 Music Awards.

'The channel has done very well with specials, and those shows often have a
fast turnaround time, so you can expect to see a lot of that pretty quickly,'
Graden said.

'With series, you're taking a gamble that a multimillion-dollar investment
will hopefully pay dividends down the road. We'll have to take the right time to
develop those, whether its three months or three years down the road,' he

Graden was the second major VH1 executive announcement under the watch of MTV
Networks Music Group president Judy McGrath. Last month, she named former MTV
marketing executive Christina Norman as VH1's executive vice president and
general manager.

'Brian is uniquely suited for this role in taking VH1 to the next level,
given his extraordinary track record at MTV,' McGrath said in a prepared

MTV Networks also announced that VH1 executive VP of programming and
production Fred Graver will move to an independent role as executive producer
for several VH1 projects.