President & GM, FX Networks
John Landgraf is president and GM 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 home to what is arguably the finest roster of original programming in advertiser supported cable television. FX is the first and only 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. In 2011, FX earned nine Television Critics Association Awards nominations, equaling the highest total of any cable network (tied with HBO) and the most ever for FX.
Landgraf joined FX as president of entertainment in January 2004 and was elevated to the position of president and GM of FX Networks in May 2005. Prior to arrival at FX, the network had only two original drama series, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama series “The Shield” and “Nip/Tuck.” The first series launched on his watch was the Emmy and Golden Globe award-nominated drama series “Rescue Me,” and since then, he 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 comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League,” “Archer,” “Louie,” “Wilfred,” “Unsupervised” and “Strangely Uplifting with Russell Brand.” FXP also co-produces the drama series “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified.”
He has been responsible for a new generation of acclaimed, award-winning hit drama series including “Sons of Anarchy,” “Justified” and the network’s most recent breakout success, “American Horror Story.” Launched in October of 2011, “American Horror Story,” from producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, became the highest-rated first season of any series in FX history and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series, Drama. Series star Jessica Lange won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
Launched in 2008, “Sons of Anarchy” has become the highest-rated program in FX history, and its fourth season enjoyed its best ratings ever. From creator Kurt Sutter, the series stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal, who won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama.
In 2010, the network launched the critically-acclaimed hit drama “Justified,” which was the most-watched series premiere telecast in FX’s history. In its second season, “Justified” received a total of four Emmy nominations including star Timothy Olyphant for Lead Actor, Margo Martindale for Supporting Actress, Walton Goggins for Supporting Actor and Jeremy Davies for Guest Actor, with Martindale winning the award. The series was also honored with an AFI Award as One of the Ten Most Outstanding Programs of 2011.
In 2007, Landgraf persuaded Glenn Close, who had a one-season guest arc on “The Shield,” to return to FX and take on her first-ever regular series starring role on the critically acclaimed legal thriller “Damages.” The series earned 19 Emmy Award nominations over its three-season run on the network, including a total of 12 nominations in acting categories. In 2007, “Damages” earned the most Golden Globe Award nominations of any show on television. For her work on the show’s first two seasons, Close won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in TV Series, Drama.
Prior to his arrival at FX, the network had never had much success in the comedy arena. That changed in 2005 with the launch of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which grew from a cult hit, to a bona fide hit, becoming one of the most successful comedies in basic cable history. “Sunny” ranks among the top-10 scripted series in basic cable in delivery of adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. It is the first basic cable comedy series ever to gain syndication on another basic cable network (Comedy Central), and it is one the highest-selling DVD titles in the Fox Home Entertainment library. “Sunny” recently completed its seventh season with the highest ratings in its history. FX has ordered 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. In his first season of the show, C.K. earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy (an FX first) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Last season, “TIME” magazine named “Louie” the Best Television Show of 2011, and the series was honored with an AFI Award as One of the Ten Most Outstanding Programs of 2011. Last year, the new comedy series “Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, posted the highest ratings ever for a comedy series premiere on the network, and it ranked as the highest rated first season of any FX original comedy series.
Other critically acclaimed and award-winning originals launched by Landgraf include “Terriers,” “Lights Out,” “The Riches,” “Over There” and “Thief.”
In addition to the success of FX and FX Productions, Landgraf has transformed Fox Movie Channel. This year the channel debuted FX Movie Channel block, to go along with the FMC’s Emmy Award winning shoulder programming.