Francie Calfo | Executive Producer | The Bastard Executioner on FX
In August of 2010, Francie Calfo joined Imagine Entertainment partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as President of Television. At Imagine, Calfo is currently executive producing the hip-hop FOX drama Empire created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the FX drama The Bastard Executioner created by Kurt Sutter, as well as The Clan of the Cave Bear written by Linda Woolverton for Lifetime. This past year she executive produced Gang Related for FOX, as well as Those Who Kill for A&E starring Chloë Sevigny and James D'Arcy. She developed and executive produced the ABC comedy series How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, starring Sarah Chalke, and the NBC drama series The Playboy Club. Beforehand, she had a multi-year deal as an independent producer at ABC Television Studios, where she sold and executive produced numerous network comedy and drama pilots including the ABC series Scoundrels.
In the years prior, Calfo served as Executive Vice President of Development and Current Programming, ABC Primetime Entertainment, overseeing all scripted Comedy and Drama Development as well as Current Programming for the network. In that time, she and her team developed and shepherded some of Primetime's biggest hits, including Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters.
Previously, Calfo had her first successful stint as a producer in 2003-04, during she executive produced the ABC series Life as We Know It, which followed her work as a studio executive in Drama Development for Touchstone Television, first as a Vice President, then as Senior Vice President of Drama Series. At the studio, she oversaw all drama development and current drama programming, including C.S.I. and the critical hit Alias. Before her move to development, Calfo had been Vice President of Creative Affairs for Touchstone, overseeing all current programming, including Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, Felicity, Sportsnight and The PJs. She first joined the Walt Disney Company in the Television Research department, where she rose through the ranks to Vice President of Research for Buena Vista Television – overseeing Network television and Television Animation.
Calfo graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business.
Married and a mother of three, she currently resides with her family in Santa Monica, California.