MTV Networks executive Brian Graden will step down from his post as president of entertainment for MTV Networks Music Group at the end of this year, Variety reports.
Graden, who is also president of sister network Logo, will exit once his contract expires to pursue writing a musical for stage and novels. He is also in talks with MTV to set up a production deal.
MTV Networks plans to eliminate some of it senior management hierarchy in lieu of replacing Graden.
Graden joined MTV in 1997 as executive vice president of programming. He added VH1 to his oversight in 2002 and helped launch Logo in 2005. He is responsible for MTV hits such as "The Osbournes," "TRL," "Pimp My Ride," "Jackass" and "Laguna Beach."
TVWeek’s TV MoJoe Blog debates whether Graden’s exit is a good thing.