John Landgraf is Chief Executive Officer of FX Networks and FX Productions. As CEO, Landgraf oversees all aspects of entertainment and business operations for FX Networks, including FX, FXM, FXX, FX Productions (FXP) and the digital video-on-demand platform, FXNOW.
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. He was named CEO in June 2013. Under Landgraf’s leadership, FX Networks has risen to all-time highs in ratings, revenue and acclaim.
FX Networks is home to some of the finest scripted programming on television. FX was the first and only basic cable channel to boast award-winning scripted series in both drama and comedy. FX has garnered more Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominations and wins in acting categories than any other basic cable network. In 2015, FX Networks received a total of 38 Emmy® nominations, including outstanding program nominations for Louie (Comedy Series), Archer (Animated Program) and American Horror Story: Freak Show (Limited Series), and won five statutes. FX Networks has also won Peabody Awards for Fargo and The Americans; four Critics’ Choice Television Awards, including Best Drama Series for The Americans and Best Animated Series for Archer; and the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama for The Americans. In 2016, the first installment of the new limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the most-watched series premiere in FX’s 22-year history, while the new comedy series Baskets was the most-watched basic cable comedy series premiere since 2014.
Since joining FX Networks, Landgraf has increased the amount of its original programming six-fold, largely through the creation of FX Productions. His legacy of acclaimed and award-winning programs began with Rescue Me and continued with Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Justified and the American Horror Story franchise. FX Productions produces FX’s acclaimed drama series The Strain; the upcoming limited series Trust; the Emmy-winning comedy series Louie, Archer, Baskets and the upcoming Better Things and Atlanta; and the FXX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You’re the Worst and Man Seeking Woman. FXP co-produces the FX drama series The Americans, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo; the limited series Fargo and American Crime Story; and the comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
FXX, launched in September 2013, became the fastest-growing entertainment cable network in primetime on the popularity of The Simpsons, including the ground-breaking 12-day “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon.
Before joining FX, Landgraf was President of Jersey Television, a company he co-founded in 1999 along with former Jersey Films partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. From 1994-1999, Landgraf was Vice President of Primetime Series at NBC, helping to develop or oversee shows including The West Wing, Profiler, Suddenly Susan, ER and Friends. He began his television career at Sarabande Productions as Director of Development in 1988, rising to the level of Senior Vice President.
Landgraf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and was a Coro Fellow from 1984-85. Landgraf has been named Chair Appointee to the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In May 2012, Landgraf received the Vanguard Award for Programming from the NCTA. He was also named Adweek’s 2013 TV Executive of the Year.