John Landgraf
Title: President/GM, FX Nets
Last Year: #52
Age: 46
Education: Pitzer College, BA

Why Him? A new deal in May to continue as FX’s chief reaffirms what we’ve been saying for years about Landgraf’s talent. More evidence is the success of nip/tuck, Rescue Me and Damages, with the latter delivering Emmys this year for Glenn Close and Zeljko Ivanek, basic cable’s 1st Emmys ever for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

Worth Watching: With net stalwart The Shield winding down, will popular new series Sons of Anarchy step in to contribute a multi-year run?

Year Ahead:
The groundbreaking Emmy wins will be difficult to match.

Favorite Food: The spicier the better, just like programming!

Favorite Restaurant: El Colmao (Cuban dive in Los Angeles)

Favorite Show Not On My Network: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Favorite Part of My Job:  Giving people the chance and support that allows them to make great TV and change their life.

Worst Part of My Job : Saying no.

Cable’s Biggest Challenge: The DVR today, who knows tomorrow?

Best Business Advice Received: Nothing will ever be as good as you imagine or as bad as you fear.

Philosophy Of Life:  Tell the truth:  it may feel like the long way around, but it saves time and effort in the end—and honesty is the lifeblood of creativity.

Least Favorite Word: Monetization


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