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Gina Balian’s role at FX is expanding once again, while Sharon Tal Yguado is moving over to Amazon.
The former will now oversee the Fox Networks Group (FNG) Global Programming Initiative, part of the Fox Networks Group global programming unit that FX CEO John Landgraf took charge of in 2016. She’ll continue with her duties as executive vice president series development for FX Networks and FX Productions, and will keep reporting to original programming presidents Eric Schrier and Nick Grad.
Meanwhile, Tal Yguado, the executive vp scripted programming of Fox Networks Group, is leaving the company to serve as the head of event series at Amazon Studios. In the newly created position, the Fox International Studios alum will oversee the development and production of hourlong science fiction, action, fantasy and horror series. She will report directly to Roy Price.
Under Balian’s expanded purview, she will look to acquire and develop programs that will be launched simultaneously in the U.S. and on FNG’s Europe, Latin America and Asia channel groups. The structure allows for FNG to market and broadcast day-and-date on a worldwide basis, similar to what was done with The Walking Dead, Wayward Pines, Outcast and FX’s upcoming drama Legion. The global programming unit’s vp scripted programming Andie Green and director of development Amy Suh will continue in their roles and now report to Balian.
“Over the past year, we have been working on a strategic plan to advance and expand the FNG Global Programming Initiative,” said Schrier. “Gina has played a key role in the growth and success of FXP and she is the perfect choice to lead this group.”
Balian was promoted from FX’s executive vp limited series to her current post in an executive shuffle last December that saw former drama and comedy head Nicole Clemons exit FX for Anonymous Content. In the move, Balian assumed oversight of all original series development for FX Networks, including drama, comedy and limited series. She also works with producers and writers who have deals at FXP to develop series for FX Networks and other Fox Networks Group outlets.
Since joining FX in 2012, Balian has been critical to the success of the network’s growing slate of Emmy-winning limited series such as Fargo and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. She’s also been heavily involved in developing Noah Hawley’s upcoming Marvel series Legion and Tom Hardy’s period drama Taboo. Before FX, she served as senior vp drama series at HBO where she helped to develop hit drama Game of Thrones.