ABOUT BGM

We are a television production company based in Hollywood, CA.

We are a crack squad of… musicians, fashionistas, artists, hikers, gamers, music festival junkies, debate geeks, and sports fanatics working together to create pro-social, WTF-inducing, LOL-generating pop culture programming at the intersection of linear and digital entertainment.

We are:

Former MTV & VH1 president Brian Graden by all accounts, one of the original media disruptors, responsible for the world’s first viral video (which later became South Park), the visionary behind entire new TV genres (like celebreality and the Emmy-winning HitRECord on TV), and a champion of diversity and social justice within the industry long before it was a mandate (starting LOGO TV).

A development team hand-picked from wildly different backgrounds <playwright, attorney, film director, standup comedian, singer, songwriter and club DJ> all given the space to create without fear.

A full-service production team who, in a short time, have already delivered an incredible range of formats – scripted, on-location sketch, reality doc, hidden camera, dating elimination, shiny floor, and even utterly new formats – like hybrid-period fantasy surreality – a format invented as we went along.

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TV CREDITS

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HITRECORD ON TV (PIVOT)

Emmy Award Winning, HITRECORD ON TV is a new kind of variety show on Pivot TV. Join host Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he directs a global online community of artists to create eight episodes of television--all made collaboratively. Each installment focuses on a different theme and features short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation, and more! Check out HITRECORD ON TV  Season 1 & Season 2 on Netflix, YouTube, and Pivot TV.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF: NATALEE HOLLOWAY  (OXYGEN)

Since her mysterious disappearance, Natalee’s family has plagued by false leads and confessions of what happened that night. Then, two years ago, Natalee’s father Dave Holloway, was presented with the most promising lead to date. A first-hand account from someone who claims to actually know the specifics of what happened to her and the remains of her body. This could be Dave Holloway’s final chance at getting justice for his daughter and finally having peace for his family after so many years. This six-part series will follow Dave Holloway and a private investigator as they delve into this new lead. This riveting and shocking series will be an active journey with new evidence, never-before-seen footage, and real potential for resolution. Series aired August 2017 on Oxygen.

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ESCAPE THE NIGHT: SEASONS 1 & 2  (YOUTUBE RED)

Welcome to ESCAPE THE NIGHT. Hosted by Joey Graceffa, 10 guests are invited from the modern world to attend a dinner at his newly acquired mansion estate, which has been locked in the 1920's; when America was roaring... roaring with madness. This is a dinner party to die for. Join the party on YouTube Red. ESCAPE THE NIGHT Season 1 won a Streamy award for "Best Ensemble Cast." Season 2 premiered on YouTube Red in June 2017 with an all new era, cast, & evil.

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FINDING PRINCE CHARMING (LOGO)

Hosted by Lance Bass, FINDING PRINCE CHARMING includes 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship. Season 1 aired July 2016 on LOGO.

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GAY SKIT HAPPENS (LOGO)

In this new half hour, quarterly sketch comedy series, Logo tackles all things funny in love, dating, relationships and sex in the age of social media. Guest Host Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) joins a cast of familiar and up-and-coming sketch comedy players for a blend of pop culture parodies, recurring characters, and comic critiques about modern romance, including Franzese's take on Cupid that we won’t soon forget! Vivica A. Fox joined as a Host for the Summer Edition. “Gay Skit Happens” stars Brian Jordan Alvarez, Tara DeFrancisco, Julie Goldman, Stephen Guarino, Ken Kirby, Lyric Lewis, Courtney Pauroso, Bill Posley and features a guest appearance by SUPERFRUIT, aka Grammy Award-winners Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi. Summer Edition aired July 2016 on LOGO.

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GNARKATZ (GO 90 RATED RED)

Actor, entrepreneur, and skater Bo Mitchell (Eastbound & Down) and his crew (aka the Gnarkatz and B-Team) have known each other for most of their lives and always have each other’s backs—or at least a camera to capture all the gnarly accidents, non-stop stunts and embarrassing moments, while creating videos for social media, the skating scene or their own amusement. From the streets and backroads of small-town Aiken, South Carolina, to Bo’s own indoor skate park to a man-made mud pit, the Gnarkatz are always daring each other to do dangerous or disgusting deeds, attempting outrageous skating tricks, or pushing the boundaries of good taste and common sense, as they pull off hilarious and often hazardous pranks and feats. And when things get really crazy or competitive, someone could end up spinning the “Wheel of Sus” and be forced to do some inconceivable acts that no one should ever try at home…or would even want to. Series premiered August 2017 on Go90 Rated Red.

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TODRICK (MTV)

New weekly MTV docu-series, quadruple-threat Todrick Hall lets fans into his creative factory and introduces them to the passionate troupe of creative collaborators who pour heart and soul into his weekly videos. Unwilling to wait for Hollywood to make them stars, Todrick and his faithful crew write, choreograph, style, and direct full-scale productions weekly – all while balancing side jobs to pay the bills – to try to make their dreams come true on their own terms. Visit Todrick’s YouTube channel to check out his unique talents and see what everyone has been raving about. Todrick aired August 2015.

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WALK OF SHAME SHUTTLE (VH1)

Walking home at 8am from a crazy night out has been a staple on college campuses for decades right up there with football games and all-nighters. Kellyann Wargo, an enterprising University of Michigan graduate, took this collegiate tradition and turned it into a buzz-worthy business, The Walk of Shame Shuttle. This makes for a totally unscripted adventure - a relationship show on wheels where Kellyann drives and her passengers tell all. Season 1 premiered March 2014 on VH1.

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LANCE LOVES MICHAEL (E!)

On February 5, 2015, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin made television history when their wedding, which took place Dec. 20, 2014, premiered on E!. LANCE LOVES MICHAEL — a 90-minute special — follows the couple from the early stages of planning right up to their vows on the altar.

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MEN OF THE STRIP (E!)

MEN OF THE STRIP  is a brand new reality movie event on E!, which follows Jeff Timmons, Singer & former member of 98 Degrees, along with a group of male strippers that star in the titular Vegas show, as they try to get permanent residency in Sin City. Special aired Spring 2015 on E!.

 

Brian Graden is one of the most successful executives in the history of television.

He served for 13 years as the President of Entertainment, MTV Networks Music Channels and President of Logo until December 2010. As President of Entertainment, Mr. Graden lead and provided programming over- sight to all the MTVN music networks including MTV, VH1, MTV2 and CMT. While there, he developed such cultural phenomenon as The Osbourne's, P Diddy’s Making The Band, Wild and Out, Run’s House, Pimp My Ride, Newlyweds, Punk’d, and Jackass, to name a few. He also developed and green-lit MTV’s musical flagship, Total Request Live, which helped propel countless artists to stardom.  Additionally, he oversaw flagship events like the Video Music Awards. He also green-lit MTV’s biggest hits of recent years, Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant. MTV remained the #1 destination for viewers ages 12-24 throughout Brian’s entire tenure. He similarly engineered a ratings turnaround at Vh1 with programs like I LOVE THE 80’s and Best Week Ever.

His most recent venture is the production company Brian Graden Media. In 2013, Brian Graden Media received significant attention and their first Emmy win for their innovative series HitRECord, a new take on the variety show produced with and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The show is made collaboratively by a community of hundreds of thousands of artists from all over the world via the web, and it features short films, live performances, cartoons and much more. In four short years, BGM has delivered 17 seasons of television, including: The Disappearance of Natalie Holloway for Oxygen, The Todrick Show for MTV, Walk of Shame Shuttle for VH1, Escape the Night for YouTube Red, Finding Prince Charming for LOGO, Animal Crackers for CW, Gnarkatz for Rated Red/Go-90, Men Of The Strip for E!, Lance loves Michael for E!, Buying the Business for CNBC and Secret Genius for Spotify.   BGM has also developed and delivered pilots for over 20 networks including BET, A & E, Disney Channel, Bravo, and POP TV and many others.

In 1996, Brian Graden’s first production company was also a success. He commissioned a video Christmas card from two upstart talents Trey Parker and Matt Stone called “The Spirit of Christmas.” The five-minute short quickly became the underground secret vice of Hollywood, and spawned a little series called South Park, which Graden developed and Executive Produced with Parker and Stone. South Park has received Emmy's in 2005 2007, 2008, 2009 for outstanding animated program; a 2007 AFI Award for Program of the Year; 2006 Peabody Award to name just a few. South Park is also one of the biggest financial successes in TV history.

Starting in 1989, Mr. Graden spent his early years in television working at Fox, a new network at the time, rising to SVP of Development and overseeing such venerable franchises as Cops and America’s Most Wanted.  He also created the smash syndicated relationship-show hit, STUDS.

Mr. Graden has also continued to consult for clients like the NBCUni Cable family and other networks.

Graden’s interest in music dates back to his days performing in his 80’s cover band, Ace Oxygen and The Ozones, during college, which continues to perform today.

Mr. Graden holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Other awards and honors include an EQCA (Equality California) Award for Commitment to Advancing LGBT Equality, GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award for Excellence in Media, and multiple years on the board of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. He is also a frequent speaker, most recently keynoting The 4th Cellcom Media Conference in Tel Aviv. He’s also been a keynote speaker at the 2008 Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus Annual Commencement, the Reaching Out MBA conference, and as an ambassador for MTV’s Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against violence campaign, which he spearheaded while at the network.

 
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