Landgraf lands in topper spot at FX

News Corp. taps exec for Liguori post

News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX.

Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox.

Landgraf’s new responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day business operations for both FX and sister cabler Fox Movie Channel, in addition to programming, development, scheduling, PR, research and business affairs.

“John is a very talented guy. He had an edge because not only has he been here for awhile, he’s already run a TV company. That makes him both extremely creative, as we’ve seen, and absolutely able to deal in that other side of the business,” said Fox Networks Group prexy-CEO Tony Vinciquerra.

At FX, Landgraf doubled the number of original series — greenlighting a block of comedies, a reality skein from Morgan Spurlock, the Steven Bochco war drama “Over There” and the Andre Braugher starrer “Thief” — and helped lure Glenn Close to join the fourth season of “The Shield.”

Vinciquerra said with this promotion, Landgraf will continue to execute FX’s three-pronged strategy for growth — increased quality of syndication product (“That ’70s Show” and “The Bernie Mac Show” are in the pipeline); aggressive spending for theatrical movies; and ramped-up efforts in prestige original programming.

For the first quarter, FX is up 6% in 18-49 and up 13% in 18-34 — growth attributed to strong showings from movies and the return of “The Shield.”

“Above all else, John stands out from the crowd with his passion for FX,” Vinciquerra said. “He lives and breathes the brand and product this channel creates, and I think he’s instilled that in his staff.”

Before joining FX, Landgraf was president of Jersey TV, which produced “Karen Sisco,” “Reno 911!” and “UC: Undercover.” He also spent five years at NBC, last serving as a VP of primetime series, helping to develop “The West Wing,” “Profiler” and “Suddenly Susan.” He began his TV career at Sarabande Productions.

More TV

  • Harvey Weinstein

    BBC Orders 'Definitive' Documentary on Harvey Weinstein From Oscar-Winning Producer

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

  • A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!: L-R: Cast

    TV Review: 'A Christmas Story Live' on Fox

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

  • netflix-the-little-prince

    Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam's ON Kids & Family

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

  • Chris MatthewsTime 100 Gala, New York,

    Female Staffer Who Accused Chris Matthews of Sexual Harassment Received Severance from NBC

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1734

    'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Declares 'The War on Christmas Is Over' (Watch)

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

  • Rupert Murdoch

    21st Century Fox Clarifies Rupert Murdoch's 'Nonsense' Remark About Fox News Sexual Harassment

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

  • HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Stepping

    HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Stepping Down

    News Corp. has appointed John Landgraf president-general manager of FX. Landgraf, who’s presided as entertainment czar for little over a year, succeeds former topper Peter Liguori. Landgraf led a shortlist of candidates up for the position (Daily Variety, April 12) that became vacant when Liguori was tapped to run programming for Fox. Landgraf’s new responsibilities […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content