Chairman at FX
Seeing John Landgraf’s name on a power list is no surprise: He’s arguably the best executive in television. The CEO of FX Networks is known as “the mayor of TV” (having coined the term “peak TV” back in 2015). However, the cable veteran has proved once again that he will not rest on his laurels, as his recent efforts with FX on Hulu have only solidified the moniker.
The massively successful entertainment hub, which launched March 2, allows streamers to access FX Networks’ huge library of content, putting the network’s content in front of Hulu’s millions of subscribers.
“[T]his really is two teams and two organizations coming together to bring the best that each has to offer,” told Vulture in a March interview about joining the streaming wars. “We don’t run that streaming platform, we don’t program that streaming platform, we don’t understand the streaming business. They do all of those things. They have their own consumer brand, Hulu, that’s very strong.”
Its new hub includes critically acclaimed and award-winning FX series such as American Horror Story, Archer, Atlanta, Fosse/Verdon, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Justified, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, and What We Do in the Shadows. But the hub also features new original FX linear series and FX originals to air exclusively on the streaming service as the network looks to increase its programming budget under the watchful eye of the mayor of TV.
In some cases, the key to success knowing when to lean on others, even if you’re as powerful of an executive as Landgraf. “We need Hulu very, very much,” Landgraf told Vulture, “and I’m optimistic that they will gain a lot from us as well.” Per Landgraf, this year will be FX’s most prolific yet.
Observer: What project do you most regret passing on?
John Landgraf: Breaking Bad.
Who’s a creative talent you wished you were currently working with?
What are you binging right now?
Not a binger.
What is the next big trend that will drive Hollywood?
(At long last) the diversification of opportunity and power—it’s already underway, but it is going to continue.
Q&A by Brandon Katz