John Landgraf


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 […]

Dick Wolf: TV drama biz headed for shake-out

US super-producer Dick Wolf has weighed into the debate on the amount of US drama being made, telling TBI that a “huge shakeout” is coming because the business model for making so many scripted shows does not stack up. Wolf is one of the most prolific drama producers in the US and behind the Law & […]

Landgraf: drama output to peak in 2016 or 2017

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has predicted a peak in the production of high-end drama television this year or next. Landgraf has been outspoken in his belief that too much television is currently being produced, and yesterday at FX’s TCA presentation added further colour. He upgraded recently-released FX data that suggested 409 scripted series had […]

FX: 409 US scripted series in 2015

Following John Langraf’s talk of television drama proliferation reaching its “peak”, FX Networks has released data showing there were 409 scripted series in the US this year. Fargo broadcaster FX’s researched showed the combined total of scripted series on broadcast networks, basic and pay cable networks, and OTT services had well surpassed 400, officially vindicating […]

FX ties down Fargo creator Hawley

US basic cable channel FX has tied down Fargo creator Noah Hawley to a new overall deal. The agreement spans three-years, tying Hawley to both FX Networks and FX Productions. His television adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Fargo has been a critical and ratings success for FX, and sold well for MGM Television. He will […]

Netflix CEO says there is ‘not enough TV’

Netflix boss Reed Hastings has said there is not “nearly enough” TV content, coming out in strong opposition to the likes of FX boss John Landgraf who has said there is a glut of programming that is causing a ‘malaise’ among viewers. The Netflix chief added that Netflix will be investing in more content for […]

NBCU seeks to match rivals’ int’l revenues

NBCUniversal will seek to bring its domestic to international revenue split in line with rival US media giants 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in the next decade. NBCU CEO and senior executive VP of parent Comcast Steve Burke said NBCU made around 20% of its revenues from the international market, which was […]