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John Phillip Landgraf (born May 20, 1962) is the Chairman of FX. He is also a member of the
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s board of directors, which is presented by the
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's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Previously he was President and General Manager of
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, a position he held since 2005. TV critic
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jokingly refers to Landgraf as "the Mayor of TV".


Early life

Landgraf was born in California to father John R. Landgraf, Ph.D., a pastor, and Barbara Landgraf (née Joslin). When he was very young, his parents traveled constantly, performing as backup singers for the gospel evangelist Rev. Mel Dibble, who was part of Billy Graham Crusades. When he was 5 years old, his mother completed an M.A. in social work and his father completed his PhD in family counseling. In 1969, when he was seven years old, his parents divorced. After spending much of his childhood moving, Landgraf spent his high school years in
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, and graduated from Skyline High in 1980. In 1984, Landgraf received a B.A. in Anthropology from
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, one of the
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.


Career


Early career

During and after college, Landgraf did an internship, worked in sales and eventually worked on the production side of the video production company J-Nex Media, a Los Angeles company that made commercial and industrial video. In 1988, Landgraf was Director of Development at Sarabande Productions, where he eventually became Senior Vice President. From 1994 to 1999, Landgraf was Vice President of Primetime at
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where he oversaw the development of ''
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,'' and other popular TV shows that included ''
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'' and '' JAG.''


Producing

Landgraf founded the production company Jersey Television with
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and
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. Jersey Television was responsible for producing shows like
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's ''
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'' and ''
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''.


FX Network

In 2004, Landgraf was President of Entertainment of
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, responsible for original TV shows that included critically acclaimed shows like ''
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'' and the
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-starring show, '' Rescue Me.'' In 2005, Landgraf was promoted to President and General Manager of
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, a position that oversees the management FX, FX HD, the Fox Movie Channel and FX Prods. In this position Landgraf is responsible for the operations, programming, development, scheduling, and marketing of the TV channels he oversees. In 2013, Landgraf launched
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. Since taking over his leadership role at FX, the number of original programs has increased exponentially. During the 2015
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presentations, Landgraf expressed concern that while television is undergoing a golden age, there is simply too much television.


Personal life

In 1997, Landgraf married actress
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. They have three sons and live in
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Santa Monica
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. Landgraf plays the flute. He also sang in a barbershop quartet during his time at
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Filmography

* 1990: ''Rising Son'' (TV movie) - associate producer * 1992: ''Those Secrets'' (TV movie) - co-producer * 1995: ''
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'' - co-producer * 1996: '' Nightjohn'' (TV movie) - co-producer * 1998: ''Mind Games'' (TV movie) - co-producer * 2000: ''Celebrity'' (TV movie) - executive producer * 2001: ''Kate Brasher'' (TV series) - executive producer * 2002: ''The American Embassy'' (TV series) - executive producer * 2001-2004: ''UC: Undercover'' (TV series) - executive producer, 4 episodes * 2002: ''The Funkhousers'' (TV movie) - executive producer * 2003: ''Other People's Business'' (TV movie) - executive producer * 2004-2009: ''
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'' - executive producer, 13 episodes * 2004: ''
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'' (TV series) - executive producer, 1 episode; writer, 1 episode: "No One's Girl" * 2005-2008: ''30 Days (TV series), 30 Days'' - executive producer * 2007: ''Reno 911!: Miami'' - producer


Awards

* 1984-1985: Coro Fellowship * Chair Appointee to the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors * 2012: NCTA Vanguard Award for Programming * 2013: ''Adweek''’s TV Executive of the Year. * 2014: ''Variety (magazine), Varietys Creative Leadership Award


Works and publications

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References


External links


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