Balian will take on oversight of all series development for FX Networks and FX Productions. Frank is gaining oversight of current series produced for non-FX outlets through FX Productions. The shuffle comes as Nicole Clemens, exec VP of series development, exits the FX fold to become a manager and producer at Anonymous Content.
Balian and Frank continue to report to Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
“Gina Balian is one of the smartest and most talented development executives in the industry,” said Schrier. “Her track record of success speaks for itself, which is a direct reflection of the trust and respect producers and writers have for her.”
Balian had been exec VP of limited series. She steered the Emmy-winning projects “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Fargo.” She’s also been key in the development of the “X-Men”-influenced series “Legion” from “Fargo” scribe Noah Hawley. Balian joined FX in 2012 from HBO.
Frank has most recently served as exec VP of current series for FX Networks, overseeing day-to-day production of all FX series. He was tasked earlier this year with improving the level of diversity among directors of FX series, a ratio that has climbed from 12% of all helmers to more than 50%. He’s been with FX since 2008.
Grad praised Frank’s “vital role” in driving FX’s success with a growing roster of original series. “It is only fitting that he will now expand his role to include the management and distribution of FXP original series produced for non-FNG outlets, as he so ably has done with the acclaimed FXP comedy series ‘One Mississippi’ for Amazon,” Grad said. “We expect growth in the output of FXP-produced series for other platforms, and Jonathan is the right person to shepherd those properties.”