FX Networks’ Promotes Longtime Executive Team As Company Prepares to ExpandFollowing Landgraf’s Promotion to CEO, Grad, Schrier, Saftler Gain President Posts; FXX Orders First Series 6/06/2013 10:29 AM Eastern
Following John Landgraf’s promotion to CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions and in anticipation of the company’s September expansion to include new young adult-aimed network FXX, longtime FX Networks execs Nick Grad, Eric Schrier and Chuck Saftler each have been promoted to the position of president.
In addition, the company has ordered its first original series for FXX, an animated comedy from the creative teams behind Eastbound & Down and Archer called Chozen. The series follows a gay white rapper fresh out of prison with a new message and new skills, which he will use in his quest for redemption and domination, according to the company.
Grad, Schrier and Saftler all will report to Landgraf, who will oversee all aspects of entertainment and business operations for FX Networks, comprising FX, Fox Movie Channel (now called FXM) and to-be-launched FXX. Landgraf also is in charge of FX Productions and FXNow, the unit's video-on-demand app.
Grad and Schrier each will hold the title of president, original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, where they will oversee all original programming for FX, FXX and FXM, and head business and entertainment operations for FX Productions, according to an announcement Thursday.
Saftler will serve as president of program strategy and chief operating officer of FX Networks and will have oversight of programming strategies, including scheduling and acquisitions, program operations, business operations, and digital operations for FX, FXX, FXM, and FXNOW working in conjunction with FX Digital Marketing. Saftler also will oversee specials including awards shows and continue to have creative and business oversight of 10/90 series.
“Nick, Eric and Chuck have been involved in every facet of FX’s success over the past decade. It is only appropriate to see them each take on more responsibility as we pursue an ambitious expansion of our channels, programming and distribution platforms,” Landgraf said in the announcement. “While it is hard at times to step back from some of the day to day creative dialogues I love so much, it makes it easier when trusted colleagues and long-time partners are stepping up. It is my honor to work with them.”
Grad previously served as exec vice president of original programming and development for FX. Schrier formerly held the position of executive vice president of FX Productions and head of series development for FX. Saftler previously held the title of executive vice president, FX Networks and general manager of FXM.
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