FX Networks and FX Prods. President and General Manager John Landgraf has been promoted to CEO. I hear as part of the promotion, Landgraf has signed a new multi-year contract to remain at the helm of the two, soon to be three FX-branded networks as well as sibling FX Prods., which he launched. “John’s integrity, creativity and leadership have made FX a home for fearless writers, actors and directors,” said Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group, to whom Landgraf will continue to report. “He has also formed a close-knit team of exceptional executives who are together enjoying an amazing run of creative and business success.” As CEO, Landgraf will have oversight over all aspects of entertainment and business operations for FX Networks, which is comprised of FX, FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel), the soon-to-launch comedy focused FXX, as well as FX Prods. In addition to FX Networks and FXP, Landgraf will be responsible for FX Networks’ digital video-on-demand platform, FXNOW.
The promotion comes at a time of rapid expansion for FX Networks. In September, Landgraf will oversee the debut of FXX and the buildup of FX and FXM, as the plan for FX, FXX and FXM is to deliver more than 25 original scripted series combined over the next several years. Landgraf joined FX as President of Entertainment in January 2004 and was elevated to President and General Manager of FX Networks in May 2005. He has led FX to all-time highs in ratings and revenue as well as critical acclaim and has transformed Fox Movie Channel into what is now the ad-supported FXM. Since Landgraf joined FX, the channel has increased the amount of its original programming five-fold. The programming rampup was supported by the the creation of FX Prods., which produces or co-produces the majority of FX’s scripted series.