BRIAN GRADEN

CEO & FOUNDER

Brian Graden served for 13 years as the President of Entertainment, MTV Networks Music Channels and President of Logo until December 2009. As President of Entertainment, Mr. Graden provided programming oversight to all the MTVN music networks including MTV, VH1, MTV2 and CMT. At the helm of LOGO, he was responsible for all aspects of the channel created specifically for the LGBT audience.
Before joining MTV Networks, Mr. Graden tapped into the phenomenon that became South Park, as he commissioned Matt Stone and Trey Parker to create an animated short that led to the series that Mr. Graden Executive Produced. Mr. Graden also owned his own company, which produced several shows including the Dating Game for national syndication. Mr. Graden holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2010, Mr. Graden founded his own television and film production company, Brian Graden Media, as well guided Current TV in all its programming efforts.

dave mace

executive vice president of development

Dave Mace is currently Executive Vice President of Development for Brian Graden Media. Prior to that, he served as VP of Alternative and Non-Fiction Programming at A&E, where he oversaw Storage Wars, Flipping Vegas, and Lachey’s Bar. This is a reunion for Mace and Graden, whose relationship dates back to 2005, when Graden was President of MTV Networks & Logo Group, and hired Mace as Head of Development for the soon-to-launch Logo Network. While there, they developed such hit shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Big Gay Sketch Show. Mace then went on to found VH1’s Creative Lab, Viacom’s first-ever internal team devoted to creating innovative, forward-thinking development. He first cut his teeth in development working for Oscar-winning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. 

LB HORSCHLER

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE

LB began his career 13 years ago at Michael Davies' company, Diplomatic Productions. He has produced over 250 episodes of television with networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, VH1, MTV, A&E, History, Discovery, E!, NatGeo, Lifetime, WeTV, Disney, Freeform, TBS and Syfy. He currently serves as Executive in Charge / Head of Production for BGM overseeing the day to day operations.

darryl trell

senior vice president of development & production

Trell joined Brian Graden Media in March 2015.  He is also the co-founder of Smoke and Mirrors Creative, under which he created and executive produced the hit series Mobbed on Fox.  Previously, Trell worked at The Discovery Networks where he helped develop and produce series across their stable of networks, including the hit franchise “The Crocodile Hunter: Croc Week.”  He is an active, voting member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

howard kitrosser

senior vice president of development & production

Kitrosser joined Brian Graden Media in March 2015.  He is also the co-founder of Smoke and Mirrors Creative, under which he created and executive produced the hit series Mobbed on Fox.  Kitrosser earned his JD from the George Washington School of Law, is a member of the New York bar, and is represented by Kyell Thomas at Octagon Entertainment and attorney Jason Russell. 

ben jehoshua

vice president of development

Ben oversees a team that develops and produces BGM’s presentations and pilots. A storyteller first, Ben comes from a feature writer/director background and is an accomplished television editor. His specialty is filming raw interviews that move hearts and minds. He is also an avid sci-fi fan and a voracious reader. 

jeffrey wank

vice president of development

Prior to joining Brian Graden Media as Vice President of Development, Jeffrey worked as a TV Packaging Agent at Rebel Entertainment Partners and as a development executive at production companies, such as Room 9 Entertainment, 315 CPW Productions, Intuitive Entertainment, and Pilgrim Studios. He has been involved in such projects as the feature film Thank You for Smoking and TV series like “The Incredible Dr. Pol” (Nat Geo Wild), “High School Confidential” (WE), “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” (Sportsman Channel), “Heartbreakers” (I.D.), and the Michael Strahan-sitcom “Brothers” (Fox), among others. A Los Angeles native, he is graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), a die-hard Utah Jazz fan, and a walking-talking television encyclopedia.

catherine keithley

Vice President of development

Catherine produced seasons 1 & 2 of "Escape the Night" for YouTube Red starring Joey Graceffa. Before joining BGM in 2013 as the first development hire, Catherine was a Development Associate for Ellen Rakieten (Executive Producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show) & Tom Forman (Executive Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Great Food Truck Race, & Catfish: The TV Show) at Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, a division of RELATIVITY TELEVISION (now Critical Content). During her time at Relativity, she helped develop shows like the Emmy Award winning, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen (Food Network), Hollywood Girls Night (TV Guide), Hideous Houses (A&E), Teen Trouble (Lifetime), Celebrity Dish (Food Network) & Pretty Wicked Moms (Lifetime). Catherine holds a B.A. in cinematic arts & COMMUNICATION from the university of southern California.

liesel reinhart

VICE PRESIDENT, Comedy and Talent Development

Liesel is a writer-producer who has originated both scripted and non-scripted projects with BGM including Gay Skit Happens for Logo and N*W*C for Pivot (scripted comedy) as well as projects for TBS, E!, PopTV, Bravo, CNBC, and others. She specializes in comedy, variety, digital crossovers, emerging and unconventional formats, and talent-driven projects.  Liesel got her start in television working in local news, was a national championship collegiate speech and debate coach, and is also an award-winning playwright and director with two current productions touring nationally.

Jonathan rivera-ashford

Manager of Development

Jonathan Rivera-Ashford is a bilingual Mexican/American stand-up comedian from the border town of Nogales, AZ. After moving to New York City when he was 18 years old, he began studying and performing in various theatre productions and appearing in commercials. Soon after he was discovered by a Venezuelan producer, Jonathan was plucked out the United States and dropped in Caracas, where he landed the lead role in the spanish speaking romantic comedy “A Mi Me Gusta." Jonathan now resides in los angeles where he performs stand up at the comedy store and works in development at brian graden media.

evan monheit

editor, director & composer

Evan Monheit has been working in Los Angeles for 11 years.  He has directed and edited numerous unscripted television sizzles/presentations, in addition to composing trailer music for Warner Bros (Batman Dark Knight Rises), 20th Century Fox (Poltergeist) and Universal (Cowboys and Aliens).