David Madden has officially been named president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios. He belatedly replaces Joel Stillerman, who bailed for Hulu in May.
The veteran TV executive joins AMC from Fox, where Madden was president of entertainment for the broadcast network since 2014. He’ll start later this month in AMC’s Los Angeles office.
We knew this was coming, by the way, and as previously announced, Michael Thorn has replaced Madden at Fox.
“David Madden is a terrific, thoughtful person and a proven, tested executive. He’s known broadly not just for his leadership but also for developing and producing original programming alongside some of our industry’s most outstanding talent,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
“His rare and noteworthy success in this industry speaks for itself. He will have an immediate impact across our AMC and SundanceTV senior management team and, notably, our AMC Studios business as it continues to play an increasingly significant role for our networks and well beyond,” he continued.
“It is exciting to add one of the key executives behind such iconic television series as ‘The Shield,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘The Killing’ and so many others to a talented team that already helped build and nurture content as diverse and successful as ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Into the Badlands,’ ‘Top of the Lake’ and Talking Dead,’ to name a few. I look forward to working with David and his team to define our next chapter of bold, original storytelling.”
“While I’m enormously grateful for my 17 years at Fox and proud of everything we accomplished at the network and the cable studio, I just landed my dream job,” Madden added. “The opportunity to play a leadership role at networks like AMC and SundanceTV, which live at the very highest end of television content, and at a growing studio operation, is the culmination of everything I’ve done to date in my career and something I could not pass up. I’m proud to immediately inherit a roster of some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television, and to endeavor to find and develop new ones with such a gifted group of executives, led by Charlie Collier, whom I have worked with and admired over the years. We have a chance to nurture the next generation of outstanding AMC and SundanceTV programming, while also building AMC Studios into a preeminent home for creative talent, a place that truly puts writers and their visions first, and a supplier of quality programming across our company and beyond it.”
Prior to running Fox’s broadcast network, Madden was president of Fox Television Studios, which developed and produced programming for a variety of broadcast and cable networks in the U.S. and internationally. In this role, he oversaw all of the studio’s scripted and unscripted programming, and the studio’s finance, operations, and marketing divisions.