Rogers Media Inc. and FX Networks have finalized an agreement to launch FX Canada. The announcement was made today at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour by Rogers Media President of Broadcasting, Scott Moore, and Eric Schrier, Executive Vice President of FX Productions and Head of Series Development for FX.
FX Canada will launch on November 1 as a digital service, and will deliver acclaimed programming to Canadian audiences including FX original series, U.S. acquired movies and series, original Canadian programming, and Canadian sports events.
“FX complements Rogers Media’s strong portfolio of broadcast assets such as Citytv, OLN and Rogers Sportsnet and showcases our commitment to building upon our television business,” commented Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media Inc. “There is a strong appetite in Canada for FX’s content and Rogers is thrilled to bring this award-winning programming to Canada. In addition to delivering FX’s unique content, the launch of FX Canada provides an additional outlet for Rogers Media to strategically invest in top tier homegrown series over time.”
Original FX series that will air on FX Canada will include the highly-anticipated new drama series American Horror Story, from producers Nip/Tuck and Glee, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and starring Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga and Denis O’Hare; the hit comedy series Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann; current season episodes of the hit comedy The League; and of the Emmy® Award nominated comedy Louie, starring Louis C.K. Library series include the first two seasons of the Golden Globe® winning drama Sons of Anarchy, Lights Out, and Terriers. Additional details, including a programming grid that will be unique to Canada, will be announced closer to launch.
“Canadian viewers and television journalists have been inquiring for years about the lack of full availability of FX’s great original series in Canada. In response to their fervent desire we felt the next step was to establish a dedicated home for our shows and for the FX brand in Canada,” said Schrier. “We are thrilled to have found a partner in Rogers Media that has as great a passion for FX as we do, and the wherewithal to bring us into their market.”
Under the terms of the agreement, any new original FX programs produced by FX Productions or Twentieth Century Fox Television will air on FX Canada.