Balian will add drama and comedy development, Frank will expand FX Productions' sales output and Clemens will join Anonymous Content.
Change is afoot at FX Networks.
Gina Balian and Jonathan Frank are set to expand their respective purviews while Nicole Clemens, who has overseen development of the networks' celebrated drama and comedy slate in recent years, has opted to return to her representation roots as a manager and producer at Anonymous Content.
In her new role, Balian, who has been integral to such FX hits as Fargo and The People vs. O.J. Simpson as executive vp limited series, will add drama and comedy series development to her responsibilities. Her title becomes executive vp series development for FX as well as FX Productions, where she will work with writers and producers to develop for FX and other Fox Networks Group outlets. And Frank, who has worked on all facets of day-to-day production for FX’s expansive slate as executive vp current series, will add development, management and distribution for FXP original series produced for non-FNG outlets. He will hold the title of executive vp FX current programming and FX Productions. Both will continue reporting to original programming presidents Eric Schrier and Nick Grad.
That the pair is being upped should come as little surprise given their collective success within the comparatively small and tight-knit network group led by John Landgraf.
In fact, it was Balian who identified O.J. Simpson as a worthy subject to explore in what has become an Emmy-winning anthology series for FX. More recently, her focus has included forthcoming X-Men series Legion from Noah Hawley and Tom Hardy's Taboo. That Balian, who moved from HBO to FX in 2012, will now be working in comedy, a genre for which FX and FXX have had considerable success, will present a new challenge and opportunity.
“Gina Balian is one of the smartest and most talented development executives in the industry,” noted Schrier. “Her track record of success speaks for itself, which is a direct reflection of the trust and respect producers and writers have for her. We are truly looking forward to Gina having oversight of all original series development for FX Networks and FXP.”
Since Frank joined the company in 2008, he has not only overseen some 20 active series at any given time but also worked on FX Productions projects including Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi for Amazon. In his new role, he’ll expand the studio’s outside output still more.
“For almost a decade, Jonathan Frank has played a vital role in the success of FX Networks, doing an extraordinary job of the day-to-day management and oversight of our current series," Grad said. "It is only fitting that he will now expand his role to include the management and distribution of FXP original series produced for non-FNG outlets, as he so ably has done with the acclaimed FXP comedy series One Mississippi for Amazon. We expect growth in the output of FXP-produced series for other platforms, and Jonathan is the right person to shepherd those properties.”
For Clemens, who has been integral to FX’s critically praised slate and rapid series expansion, the move returns her to the world of representation where she spent the bulk of her career. But unlike her 16-year tenure at ICM Partners, where she was head of the motion picture literary department and represented heavyweights include FX loyalist Kurt Sutter, the new role allows her to be a hands-on producer as well.
Anonymous has had considerable success in both film and TV, with a roster that includes both True Detective and Mr. Robot as well as Oscar darlings The Revenant and Spotlight. Clemens will bring with her experience from her time on both sides of the aisle — and, for that matter, the negotiating table.
“Working with John Landgraf and the FX team has been an incredible professional experience, and I am proud to have been a part of such groundbreaking programming. By combining representation with hands-on producing, I’m excited to work with the team at Anonymous Content to continue to push boundaries in film and TV,” Clemens said.
Added Anonymous’ partners: "As a partner at ICM, Nicole was an extraordinary representative, and she followed that career to become a highly regarded production executive at one of the most dynamic and innovative networks on TV. The breadth and depth of Nicole’s career make her uniquely suited to thrive at Anonymous Content, and we’re thrilled to welcome such tremendous talent to our team.”
The news comes as the FX network group is set to finish a stellar year marked by critical and commercial successes including American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Fargo and newcomer Atlanta. In addition to ratings gains in an era of “Peak TV,” a term coined by Landgraf, FX walked away with 56 Emmy nominations and 18 wins this fall, placing it firmly ahead of deeper-pocketed rivals including Netflix.