A first look at Disney’s new Digital Center 3 (DC3) in The Woodlands, Texas, a massive, 187,000-square-foot plant consolidating playout, transmission and media operations. (Sam Exley photo)
The number of scripted shows on broadcast, basic cable, premium cable and streaming dipped 7% to 493 from their peak of 532 in 2019, according to research from The Walt Disney Co.’s FX Networks. The drop, likely caused by shows not being produced or canceled because of COVID-19, came despite the introduction of new streaming services like Peacock and HBO Max that showcase their original series.
Picked up through season 18, the series tops Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action scripted comedy in TV history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earn and Paper Boi were last seen flying to Europe on “Atlanta,” but they won’t touch down until sometime next year. The acclaimed FX comedy starring creator Donald Glover as Earn and Brian Tyree Henry as his rapper cousin will begin its pandemic-delayed production in the first half of 2021, FX […]
In FX’s annual update on the state of scripted, total volume came in at 532 originals in 2019, up 7% year-over-year.
Disney has started advising Dish subscribers of a looming contract deadline with FX and National Geographic, which could go dark on the satellite system. The two companies had previously negotiated past a contract deadline in July, citing progress in the talks as the signals remained active on the satellite system. The current deadline is 9 p.m. PT today.
FX and National Geographic will remain on Dish Network as negotiations continue with Disney over carriage fees past a midnight deadline. FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic and National Geographic Wild and all included in the dispute, but sources report productive conversations between Disney and Dish.
In four interviews conducted in May and June, John Landgraf spoke at length with Variety about his tenure at FX and the company’s future in the Disney universe. At the core of those conversations is Landgraf’s creative philosophy, which emphasizes serving the writer’s vision without necessarily being deferential.
Eric Schrier, most recently the president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, will take on the newly created position of president of FX Entertainment. With the move, Nick Grad, who previously held the same title as Schrier, will now report to him as FX Entertainment’s president of original programming. And Gina Balian, EVP series development, has also been named president of original programming for FX Entertainment alongside Grad.
FX Networks chief John Landgraf has long criticized Netflix’s quest to dominate television, and has advocated for the streaming giant’s shows to be evaluated, numbers-wise, in the same way that broadcast and cable series are. But now that Netflix has finally begun selectively touting its’ audience, he’s labeling its claims as bogus.