Veteran FX executives Gina Balian and Nick Grad are expanding their responsibilities at Disney’s own cable network.
Balian and Grad have been promoted from President of Original Programming to President of FX Entertainment as they oversee casting, production and business affairs at both the cable network and its hub on Hulu, as well as its studio counterpart FX Productions. The new responsibilities are in addition to their current oversight of current series development, with both executives continuing to report to John Landgraf, chairman of FX Content and FX Productions.
“Gina and Nick are two of the most talented, respected and trusted creative executives in the industry, and their track record of identifying and developing acclaimed, award-winning hit shows is undeniable,” said Landgraf. “They have played an integral part in the success and growth of FX and have built an outstanding team, and it gives me great comfort to know that with their combined 30 years of experience at FX, they will continue to be anchors of creative stability and fearless risk acceptance and excellence for the FX brand in the future.”
The news comes after former FX Entertainment president Eric Schrier was promoted in September when he transitioned from humble cable network FX to a newly created role as president of Disney Television Studios and operations at Disney General Entertainment. In his new responsibilities, the respected executive, who spent the past two decades under FX CEO John Landgraf, will now oversee Disney studios including Karey Burke’s 20th Television, Marci Proietto’s 20th Television Animation and Jonnie Davis’ ABC Signature. All three executives will now report to Schrier, as will Trisha Husson, executive vice president of strategy and finance.
Grad, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with FX, and Balian, who just wrapped up her 10th anniversary with Cabler, have co-created a string of hits including The American, the American crime thriller and American Horror Story Franchise, It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy, Atlanta, Snowfall, Better Things and such recent successes as The bear, under the banner of heaven, What we do in the shadows and Welcome to Wrexham, among other. Upcoming series include Fleishman’s in Trouble, Relatives, Class of ’09, Justified: Primeval City, Season five of Fargo and shogun.
Grad originally joined FX in 2002 as vice president of development and was promoted to senior vice president two years later. In 2005, he earned Executive Vice President Stripes. In 2013, Grad was promoted to President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Prior to FX, he worked at Sony’s former Columbia TriStar unit from 1995 to 2002, where he rose to vice president of comedy development.
“The beauty of FX is everyone’s desire to strive for the highest standard of quality, and that hasn’t changed in the 20 years that I’ve been here,” Grad said. “It starts at the top with John, and Gina is equally committed to her pursuit of excellence. We will continue to put our creative partners first and do everything we can to support their vision, which is a hallmark of the FX brand.”
For her part, Balian joined FX in 2012 to create a new limited series division. She was promoted to executive vice president of development at the cable network and its studio counterpart in 2016. Before joining FX, she was senior vice president of drama at. HBO, where she oversaw the development of Game of Thrones.
“FX is a special place. The care, dedication and passion with which all my colleagues go about their work is inspiring,” she said. “As for John and Nick, I couldn’t ask for smarter, more professional and friendlier partners and I’m really excited about this opportunity. We are only as good as the team around us and we are fortunate to have an incredible team.”