With the Aug. 30 VMAs as his swan song, the executive looks back at nearly three decades at the network.

You left MTV in April, but you executive-produced the 2015 Video Music Awards, which saw a ratings decline. What's your take?

Fewer see it live, but it will be viewed by many [more] people in disparate ways, not always from beginning to end. There's a systemic change in the business -- you have to embrace the consumption on live TV but also after it happens with on-demand.

You worked at MTV for 28 years, rising to president of the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group. Any regrets?

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