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John Landgraf Joins FX as President of Entertainment.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2004

FX has hired former Jersey Television President and Partner John Landgraf to the position of President of Entertainment, announced Peter Liguori, President and CEO, FX Networks.

At FX, Landgraf will be in charge of all development and production for original programming including series, films and new media. In his new position, he will report directly to Liguori.

"John Landgraf is the perfect fit for FX and a great addition to the network," said Liguori. "I'm excited about working with someone of John's impeccable reputation and great programming instincts, and I'm confident that he will be an excellent creative partner."

Landgraf most recently was President of Jersey Television, a company he co-founded along with former Jersey Films partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. Since June of 1999, Jersey Television developed more than 50 primetime cable and network television drama and comedy projects, produced nine pilots and put five television series on the air including the critically acclaimed "Karen Sisco" (ABC), "Reno 911" (Comedy Central), "UC: Undercover" (NBC), "The American Embassy" (FOX) and "Kate Brasher" (CBS). Landgraf and his partners served as executive producers on all of these projects.

"This is a great opportunity," said Landgraf. "FX has shown an appetite for the kind of bold and original series which have always interested me as a programmer and as a producer. 'The Shield' and 'Nip/Tuck' are great shows, either of which I would have been proud to develop. I look forward to working with the talented team of executives at the channel and to developing new shows built on the network's success."

Landgraf will head up the FX entertainment team of Gerard Bocaccio, Senior Vice President of Entertainment; Nick Grad, Vice President of Series Development; Matt Cherniss, Vice President; Eric Schrier, Director of Current Series; and Julia Steen, Manager of Current Series.

Prior to his tenure at Jersey Television, Landgraf was Vice President of Primetime Series at NBC from 1994-1999. In that position, Landgraf was a key figure in new primetime series development within the NBC team structure, developing "The West Wing," "Profiler," and "Suddenly Susan." He also maintained oversight on "ER," "Friends," "Profiler" and "JAG."

Landgraf began his television career at Sarabande Productions as Director of Development in 1988, rising to the level of Senior Vice President before his departure to NBC in 1994. At Sarabande, Landgraf learned to produce and was active in selling, developing and producing television series, television/cable films and feature films.

Landgraf is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. He was also a Coro Fellow from 1984-85.

He currently resides in Santa Monica, Calif., with his wife Ally Walker Landgraf and their three sons.
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