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 […]

FX preps Louis C.K. toon, shelves Cassius

US cable net FX is piloting a new Louis C.K. animated show, while its sister net FXX has shelved another grown-up toon project, Cassius and Clay. Louis C.K. will team with fellow comedian Albert Brooks to write and voice their as-yet-unnamed half-hour animated project. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to cover the news. Meanwhile, […]

FX buys Straight Outta Compton

FX has snagged the rights to hit NWA movie Straight Outta Compton. The US cable net has picked up the movie, which chronicles the story of gangster rap group N.W.A. and has been a big box office hit in the US. The film grossed US$60.2 million in its first weekend in the US, the fifth […]

Berman prodco pacts with Singled Out’s Auerbach

Gail Berman’s production outfit, The Jackal Group, has entered into a first-look development deal with veteran producer Gary Auerbach, who launched MTV series Laguna Beach and Singled Out. The pact includes development of scripted and non-scripted programming. Auerbach was most recently executive VP of NBCUniversal-owned Wilshire Studios, where he was able to sell 35 shows […]

Archer moves to FXX, paired with Cassius and Clay

Fox Television Group is moving animated spy comedy Archer from FX to its younger cable sibling FXX. Archer’s latest season will debut on FXX next year, pair with new commission Cassius and Clay, which is to be produce in-house by FX Productions and Archer’s Adam Reed. The move for Archer comes after six seasons on […]

Minions movie latches on to FX

FX Networks in the US has acquired television premiere rights to Universal’s money-spinning animated movie Minions. Minions recently took the second-largest domestic opening ever for an animated film, and will now run on FX channels along with fellow box office toppers Ted 2 and Terminator Genysis. Comedy Minions, spun out of the Despicable Me franchise, […]

‘Landmark deal’ hands Hulu FX originals

US streaming service Hulu has scored a multiyear agreement for original productions from cable channel FX and its production sister. The deal hands Hulu upcoming FX Productions series such as comedies Man Seeking Woman and The Comedians, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Roll&Roll, Tomy Hardy BBC coproduction Taboo and Fox event show Wayward Pines (pictured) for SVOD distribution. […]

FXX preps ‘record’ Simpsons marathon

US cable channel FXX is planning to run 25 seasons of The Simpsons back-to-back over 12 days. The Fox Networks Group-owned channel will air 552 episodes in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie, beginning on August 21 at 10am ET/PT and concluding September 1 at 12am. FXX claims this will be the “longest-running marathon in […]

Berman resurfaces with Fox-backed Jackal

Gail Berman has resurfaced six months after leaving her US prodco BermanBraun, and will lead a new Fox Networks Group-backed production group. The Jackal Group will focus on scripted, unscripted and factual programming. Berman will have an equity stake in the business, and lead it as CEO and chairman. She will sit on the board […]

Fox to launch Cosmos on all major US channels

Fox in the US has followed suit from its international channels business by planning to simulcast factual series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey across all of its main networks. The show will debut on Sunday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT on broadcast net Fox and cable channels National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, […]