On the heels of John Landgraf’s promotion to CEO of FX Networks; FX Prods., his top lieutenants are getting elevated to president level. Nick Grad and Eric Schrier have each been named President, Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Prods., where they will oversee all original programming for FX, FXX and FXM, and head business and entertainment operations for FX Prods. Chuck Saftler is being named President of Program Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of FX Networks and will have oversight of programming strategies including scheduling and acquisitions, program operations, business operations, and digital operations for FX, FXX, FXM, and the new video-on-demand app FXNOW working in conjunction with FX Digital Marketing. In addition, Saftler will oversee specials, including awards shows and continue to have creative and business oversight of 10/90 series. “Nick, Eric and Chuck have been involved in every facet of FX’s success over the past decade; it is only appropriate to see them each take on more responsibility as we pursue an ambitious expansion of our channels, programming and distribution platforms,” said Landgraf, to whom the trio will report. He described the move as “pushing creative authority down.” He said he opted for the triumvirate structure vs. appointing heads of each individual network because “I want all of the bandwidth, intellect, creativity focused on all channels.” As for him moving away from day-to-day oversight, “while it is hard at times to step back from some of the day to day creative dialogues I love so much, it makes it easier when trusted colleagues and long-time partners are stepping up.” Grad previously served as EVP of Original Programming and Development for FX; Schrier was EVP of FX Prods. and Head of Series Development for FX; Saftler was EVP, FX Networks and General Manager of FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel). Grad joined FX as VP of Series Development in May of 2002 and became head of the network’s original programming in 2005. Schrier joined FX in September of 1999 as an assistant to then President of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly. In June of 2001, he was promoted to Manager of Current Series, and a year later became Director of Current Series. He was elevated to VP of Current Series and Alternative Programming in March of 2004, and by December of 2005, he was named SVP FX Original Programming. He most recent served as Head of Series Development and managed day-to-day operations for FX Prods. He also was a key player in the launch of FX Canada, the joint venture network of FX Networks and Rogers Media. Chuck Saftler has the longest tenure of any FX employee, having joined the network in December of 1993 as Director of Scheduling, seven months prior to the launch of FX. In addition to being a member of the FX launch team, he also helped launch Fox Movie Channel in its original incarnation as fXM in October of 1994. He was promoted to VP of Programming in 1996, and then to SVP of Programming at FX in June 2000. He added General Manager of Fox Movie Channel to his responsibilities in July 2003, and he was promoted to EVP of FX Networks in 2006.
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