David Madden has been named president of Fox Television Studios, filling the vacancy created by Emiliano Calemzuk's exit a little over a week ago, Fox announced Monday.
Madden, who has spent over 30 years working as a producer, was previously an executive vice president overseeing creative development and production at Fox TV Studios. He was responsible for several Studios' shows, including TNT's "Saving Grace," FX's "The Shield" and USA's hits "Burn Notice" and "White Collar." He also has produced numerous made-for-TV movies for Fox.
Calemzuk, who had been president of Fox TV Studios since 2007, is leaving the company to become CEO of Shine Group Americas in mid-September. Shine Group is the production company founded in 2001 by Elizabeth Murdoch, daughter of Fox head honcho Rupert Murdoch.
"This may be the easiest transition in industry history, since I have such respect and fond feelings for all the people I work with. Our agenda going forward will be simple: to do more, to do it better, and even to be more profitable, while still taking some chances," Madden said in a statement.
Before joining Fox TV Studios, Madden worked as a producer and partner at the Paramount-based Cort/Madden Company, working on numerous feature films. Prior to Cort/Madden, he was a producer and partner at Interscope Communications.
The promotion was announced by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television. Madden will be reporting directly to Walden and Newman.
Walden and Newman issued a joint statement commenting on the deal: “David has been front and center throughout FtvS’ rise to its current position as one of the premiere brands in cable programming … This promotion is well deserved and we could not feel more confident about David’s ability to not only maintain the company’s current momentum, but to grow and evolve FtvS in the coming years.”