Nick Grad and Gina Balian have received the new titles of Co-Presidents of FX Entertainment.
The duo previously served as the co-presidents of the original program for FX Entertainment, with Balian being called to the role alongside Grad in 2019. At the same time, Eric Schrier was promoted to the then-newly created role of President of FX Entertainment. but Schrier left FX in September to become president of Disney Television Studios and business operations for Disney General Entertainment.
With their new tiles, Balian and Grad will continue to oversee development and ongoing series at FX while overseeing casting, production and business affairs for FX Content and FX Productions. The position of President of the original program is now abolished. You will continue to report to John Landgraf, President of FX Content and FX Productions.
Kate Lambert, executive vice president of development, Jonathan Frank, executive vice president of the current series, Michael Katcher, executive vice president of casting, and Kelly Cline, executive vice president of business affairs, will all now report to Grad and Balian.
“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.”
Grad recently celebrated 20 years with FX, having joined in 2002 as vice president of development. Two years later, he was named senior vice president and then executive vice president of original programming and development. In 2013, Grad was promoted to President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Prior to FX, he was at Columbia TriStar from 1995 to 2002, where he rose to vice 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.”
“FX is a special place,” added Balian. “The care, dedication and passion with which all my colleagues go about their work is inspiring. 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.”
Balian joined FX in 2012 to build a new limited series unit and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Development for FX Networks and FX Productions in 2016. Before FX, Balian was senior vice president of drama development at HBO.
Between Grad and Balian, they were involved in the development of some of FX’s biggest hits. This includes recent entries like The Bear, Reservation Dogs, and What We Do in the Shadows, as well as shows like The Americans, Archer, Atlanta, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and more .