John Landgraf


FX’s Landgraf “embraces” Hulu potential, confirms windowing between services

FX boss John Landgraf has said the channel “embraces” the distribution potential afforded by Hulu, and has confirmed Disney boss Bob Iger’s windowing strategy for the two businesses.   Speaking at the TCA press tour in California on Tuesday (5 August) as Disney was going out with its Q2 results and new bundle plans, Landgraf said: […]

Disney focuses on Hulu as it closes FX streaming service

Disney is to close down the SVoD service launched by its recently acquired cable network FX as it looks to put its full programming force behind Hulu, in which it recently acquired full control. FX+ was launched in 2017, initially for customers via cable provider Comcast before being rolled out more widely, and provided on-demand, […]

FX rejigs exec team for originals

Disney-owned FX Networks has reorganised its originals team, appointing Eric Schrier as president of FX Entertainment and promoting Gina Balian to president of original programming for FX Entertainment. Meanwhile, Nick Grad has also been tapped as president of original programming at FX Entertainment, where he will continue to lead scripted originals alongside Balian. Grad will […]

FX boss Landgraf: Netflix isn’t telling “whole story” around viewership

FX boss John Landgraf has lashed out at Netflix, criticizing the streaming giant’s viewership claims. The exec, who was speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California, on Monday (4 February), said the business is not telling audiences “the whole story” as it does not follow widely accepted viewership metrics that […]

Disney, Fox execs reshuffle ahead of merger

Disney has confirmed the Fox TV execs set to transition into the business after its US$71.3bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, while ‘New Fox’ builds up its team for life after the Mouse House acquisition. The list of 21st Century Fox execs heading to Disney includes its president and chairman Peter Rice, Fox TV […]

Disney president to exit following Fox merger

Disney president Ben Sherwood (pictured) is to leave the business after it completes its takeover of 21st Century Fox. The exec – who serves as president of Disney-ABC Television Group – is believed to have been weighing up his options for some time, after it emerged in July that Fox president Peter Rice is expected […]

FX & Comcast launch premium ad-free service

FX Networks and Comcast will launch FX+, a new service that will allow Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers to upgrade to a platform featuring ad-free current seasons of every FX and FXX original series. FX+ will launch on September 5 and Xfinity TV customers can add the new service to their video package for $5.99 per […]

Landgraf’s FX ups trio

US cable channel FX Networks has promoted a trio of executives, with two execs who began as assistants to president John Landgraf’s taking new VP positions. The promotions see Colette Wilson become senior VP of current series and Barbara Crawford upped from a director post to become VP of current series. Both joined FX as […]

FX chief slams ‘assembly line’ Netflix

FX Networks president John Landgraf has criticised the algorithm-based commissioning system of SVOD service Netflix, claiming programmes are “not best made by engineers or coders”. In a revealing TCA tour session, Langraf (pictured) warned against tech companies such as Netflix treating programming as a commodity, and said his previous prediction that TV drama originals would […]

Study: ‘peak TV’ reached this summer

Most consumers believe 2016 will mark the ‘summer of peak TV’, but that the saturation of series on television is no bad thing, according to a study. Some 73% of respondents to a Miner & Co. Studio study agreed 2016 was ‘the summer of peak TV’, with more quality content released than ever before, with […]

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