FX Networks in the US has hired a former HBO executive to oversee its move into original event and miniseries production.
Gina Balian has been named senior VP of limited series at FX Networks and FX Productions (FXP), with responsibility for development and production of limited and miniseries for FX and FX Movie Channel (FXM), marking the first time FXM will move into original longform programming.
Balian will also oversee projects coproduced by FXP for broadcast network Fox, which will also continue its own buying strategy.
Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, said he is looking for 10- to 12-part “large-scale, high-impact event series” that can be stand-alone series or returnable franchises. Fox also plans to order its first event series into production in summer 2013 to air in 2014, he said.
Balian reports to Nick Grad, exec VP of original programming for FX, and Eric Schrier, exec VP of FXP and head of series development for FX. She begins work on November 1.
A former senior VP in drama series for HBO, she worked on both comedy and drama series for the premium cable network. Her credits include Flight of the Conchords, Rome, Tell Me You Love Me, In Treatment, Game of Thrones and Luck.
FXP produces comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, Legit, Brand X with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell.
It also coproduces dramas Sons of Anarchy, Justified and forthcoming Cold War series The Americans.