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Brand Builders: John Landgraf

President & GM, FX Networks 6/11/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

John Landgraf is president and general manager of FX
Networks, in charge of all aspects of entertainment and
business operations of FX, FX Productions and Fox
Movie Channel.

Under his guidance, FX has become the first basic cable
channel to boast award-winning hit scripted series in both
drama and comedy. In addition, FX has garnered more
Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations and wins in
acting categories than any other basic cable network.

Landgraf joined FX as president of entertainment in
January 2004 and was elevated to the position of president
and general manager of FX Networks in May 2005. The first
series launched on his watch was the Emmy and Golden
Globe award-nominated drama series Rescue Me. Since then,
Landgraf has expanded FX’s original offerings to eventually
become the first cable network with 11 scripted original
series on its schedule.

The increase of original programming is due in large part
to Landgraf creating FX Productions, which produces the
FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The
League
, Archer, Louie, Wilfred, Unsupervised and Brand X with
Russell Brand. FXP also coproduces the FX drama series
Sons of Anarchy and
Justified.

Landgraf has been
responsible for a
new generation of
drama series including
Sons of Anarchy,
Justified and the network’s
most recent
breakout, American
Horror Story
. Also,
Landgraf in 2007
persuaded Glenn
Close to take on her
first-ever regular
series starring role on FX’s critically acclaimed legal thriller
Damages, which over its three seasons on FX earned 19
Emmy Award nominations.

Prior to Landgraf’s arrival at FX, the network had not had
much success in the comedy arena. That changed in 2005
with the launch of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which
grew from cult hit to bona fide hit to become one of the most
successful comedies in basic cable history. It is the first basic
cable comedy series ever to gain syndication on another
basic cable network (Comedy Central). FX has ordered
Sunny through season 10, which will make it the longest- running
live-action primetime comedy in basic cable history.

In 2010, FX launched the animated series Archer as well
as Louie, starring comedian Louis C.K. Last season, Time
magazine named Louie the best television show of 2011.

In addition to the success of FX and FX Productions,
Landgraf transformed Fox Movie Channel. This year the
channel launched the FX Movie Channel programming
block, to go along with the FMC’s Emmy Award-winning
shoulder programming.

Before joining FX, Landgraf was president of Jersey Television,
a company he cofounded in 1999 along with former
Jersey Films partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and
Stacey Sher. From 1994-99, Landgraf was VP of primetime
series at NBC. He began his television career at Sarabande
Productions. Landgraf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology
from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., where he
serves as a member of the board of trustees. Landgraf has been
named chair appointee to the executive committee of the Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences board of governors. In May,
Landgraf received the Vanguard Award for Programming from
the NCTA. —biographical info provided by FX Networks

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