FX will remain a formidable player in the original scripted programming arena despite prolific show producer Ryan Murphy's new Netflix deal, according to FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf.
Landgraf, in a statement reacting to Monday night’s (Feb. 12) bombshell news that Murphy – who produced several successful FX series including Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story -- has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Netflix, said that FX has more than 20 scripted original series on its schedule or coming up that will continue to keep the network among the cable industry's leaders.
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He added that the network looks forward to continuing to work with Murphy for the four FX shows currently on air or in development: anthology series American Horror Story (renewed through season nine), and American Crime Story (renewed for a third season), Feud (renewed for a second season) and the upcoming series Pose.
“For more than 15 years, we have enjoyed an outstanding partnership with Ryan Murphy and we look forward to continuing that relationship on our four shows under his creative leadership,” Landgraf said. “With more than 20 scripted original series on our schedule or upcoming, FX has a very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers who have produced award-winning hit shows and it will continue to do so. The network has an outstanding slate of development and FX Productions has the finest roster of producers in our history. We will continue to provide creative freedom and support for artists of all backgrounds to tell diverse stories and do their best work.”
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