FX Networks has promoted three veteran entertainment programming executives, Gina Balian, Nicole Clemens and Jonathan Frank, to the title of Executive Vice President. The moves were announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, to whom they will continue to report.
Balian will serve as EVP of Limited Series; Clemens is EVP of Series Development and Frank is EVP of Current Series.
In her new role, Balian will continue to oversee the strategic development and production of original limited series. As SVP of Limited Series, she developed FX Networks’ first limited series, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Fargo. She also developed the new limited series American Crime Story, is currently overseeing the development of FX’s first co-production with the BBC, Taboo, a 19th Century period drama starring Tom Hardy and from Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, as well as Legion from Noah Hawley (Fargo), which marks FX’s first co-production with Marvel Television. She also oversaw the limited series Wayward Pines, which was produced by FX Prods for Fox. Before joining FX Networks, Balian served as SVP of Drama Series at HBO where she worked on projects including Game Of Thrones, In Treatment and Rome.
Clemens will continue to oversee the strategic development of new drama and comedy series. As SVP of Series Development, Clemens developed the dramas The Strain, Tyrant and the new drama series The Bastard Executioner from Kurt Sutter, as well as comedies You’re The Worst, Man Seeking Woman, Married and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Clemens oversaw the development of the upcoming comedy series Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis, Better Things, co-created by and starring Pamela Adlon, and Atlanta, created by and starring Donald Glover. Clemens is also currently overseeing the drama pilot for Snowfall from John Singleton. Previously, Clemens was a partner and head of the motion picture literary department of ICM Partners. Before her tenure at ICM Partners, Clemens ran Rod Holcomb Productions at NBC and was a television executive at Spelling Television.
In his new role, Frank oversees all facets of day-to-day production for the entire slate of FX Networks’ original programming, including the dramas The Bastard Executioner, The Americans, Tyrant and The Strain and the anthology series American Horror Story. In addition, he supervises the production of the FX Networks’ comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, Louie, The League, Married, You’re The Worst, Man Seeking Woman, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Baskets, as well as the upcoming Better Things and Atlanta. Frank is also the day-to-day executive overseeing the untitled Tig Notaro pilot produced by FX Prods for Amazon. Prior to joining FX, Frank was with Mark Johnson Productions as head of television development and Caryn Mandabach Productions as VP of Television Development.
“In expanding to a record 20 series, we have managed to field the strongest program line-up in FX Networks’ history and a great deal of the credit goes to Gina, Nicole and Jonathan,” said Grad and Schrier. “They are, without question, three of the best executives in the business. Their unwavering support of our talent fosters a fearless creative environment that allows artists to create their best work.”