Thursday night at the Westside Tavern marked the first dinner of the year for the television group. President and GM of FX John Landgraf and six members of his senior team sat down with a range of execs of all levels from both scripted and unscripted.

In his opening remarks, Landgraf spoke passionately about his commitment to make diversity a priority for the company. When he began at the company he found himself at a crossroads — either continue to air series featuring white male anti-heroes or to choose DAMAGES starring Glenn Close and break the pattern that threatened to keep the network narrow in scope. He credits his choice to go with the female lead show as one that paved the way for ATLANTA, MAYANS AND SNOWFALL which feature unique points of view about underserved communities. 

Landgraf was equally determined to make efforts to improve minority director hires and after charging his team and his showrunners with making it a focus, FX leapt from a dismal 12% to an impressive 51% in one year.  With many of them being first time directors, Landgraf has been excited by the fresh perspectives they have brought to the network’s programming.