John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks and FX Productions, has been promoted to CEO, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com.
“I hear as part of the promotion, Landgraf has signed a new multiyear 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,” Andreeva writes.
Landgraf will continue to report to Peter Rice, chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group.
Said Rice: “John’s integrity, creativity and leadership have made FX a home for fearless writers, actors and directors. He has also formed a close-knit team of exceptional executives who are together enjoying an amazing run of creative and business success.”
The report adds: “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 move puts Landgraf in a key position as FX Networks maps expansion plans. “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,” Andreeva writes.
Landgraf has been with FX since 2004, joining as president of entertainment and being promoted to president and general manager of FX Networks in May 2005.
Andreeva notes: “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.”