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FX Promotes John Landgraf to CEO

Elevation comes three months before the launch of FXX

John Landgraf has been promoted to CEO of FX Networks and FX Prods.

The elevation comes three months before the launch of new 18-34-targeted channel FXX (replacing Fox Soccer Channel) and the rebranding of Fox Movie Channel as FXM.

“John’s integrity, creativity and leadership have made FX a home for fearless writers, actors and directors,” said Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Peter Rice, 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.  Everyone at Fox is excited to see our valued colleague receive this richly deserved promotion.”

In addition to FX Prods., Landgraf will also oversee FX Networks’ digital video-on-demand platform, FXNow.

Over the next several years, FX, FXX and FXM are expected to combine to deliver more than 25 original scripted series.

“All of us at FX Networks are grateful for the tremendous vote of confidence Peter Rice and News Corporation have shown us through their steadfast support and investment in our ambitious programing expansion,” said Landgraf.   “The FX executive team and the gifted artists who create our fearless brand of programming are brilliant, and it is a great privilege to continue on this journey with all of them.”

Landgraf joined FX as entertainment prexy in 2004 and rose to prexy and g.m. of FX Networks a year later. In that time, FX has increased its original series slate from two to 11, a growth in demand that led to his creation of FX Prods., which produces or co-produces such series as “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Sons of Anarchy,” as well as upcoming drama “The Bridge.”

Before joining FX, Landgraf was president of Jersey Television, which he co-founded in 1999 along with former Jersey Films partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. From 1994-1999, Landgraf was primetime series veep at NBC.

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