There is a big executive change at Fox Broadcast Co. just as the buying season is kicking into high gear. David Madden is stepping down as entertainment president and is in negotiations for the top programming job at AMC. At Fox, Madden will be succeeded by 20th Century Fox EVP Development Michael Thorn who will report to Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
The network’s entertainment president is coming off a year in which he debuted last season’s hottest property, Empire. This fall, in addition to the return of that show, the final episodes of American Idol and sophomore runs of Gotham and Last Man On Earth, he and his team have more tricks up their sleeves that they hope will move Fox out of fourth place. He also talks about Fox’s risk-taking tradition and the differences in producing for cable and broadcasting.
Joe Earley is elevated to chief operating officer, Fox Television Group, while David Madden is named president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co.
Fox TV Studios President David Madden has signed a new long-term contract with 20th Century Fox Television to remain at the helm of the boutique cable production company for at least four more years.