FX president of entertainment John Landgraf is the leading candidate to take over the network’s CEO position, vacated Thursday by Peter Liguori, who was named president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co.
Sources close to Fox said Landgraf, who joined FX in January 2004, could be named to the slot within a few days. A spokesman for FX would not comment on the matter.
During his tenure at FX, Landgraf -- who, prior to joining the network, served as president of production company Jersey Television -- oversaw the creative development of the network’s freshman firehouse drama, Rescue Me, which averaged a 2.3 household rating last year. He’s also expected to debut as many as four new scripted series later this year.
Liguori -- who will be responsible for all Fox broadcasting program development and scheduling, marketing, business affairs and promotions -- will replace Gail Berman, who left the post earlier this week to take a top entertainment position at Paramount Pictures.
Under Liguori’s leadership, FX launched critically acclaimed series such as Nip/Tuck, The Shield and RescueMe.
Prior to joining what was then known as Fox/Liberty Networks in 1996 as senior vice president of marketing, Liguori had served as VP, consumer marketing at Home Box Office.
“Peter has done an extraordinary job with FX," News Corp. president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin said in a prepared statement. “He's produced more quality cable programming in the past three years than anyone in the business and has raised the bar for distinctive television.
Chernin added, “Peter is taking over FBC at a time when the network is in as good a competitive position as it's ever been, and that's thanks in large part to the leadership and creative instincts Gail Berman demonstrated in her five years at Fox. I look forward to seeing Peter make his own mark on the network.”
Liguori added in a prepared statement, “I'm delighted with the opportunity Peter has given me to take the helm of a network that has always been at the forefront of original, ambitious programming. Fox's exceptional team of creative executives has succeeded in breaking the mold with a year-round programming model, and I could not be more excited to work with them to roll out the network's impressive new development slate.”