FtvS script: Madden stays on as exec vp


David Madden has signed a new deal with Fox Television Studios to continue to run the company's scripted division as executive vp scripted programming.

He began talks about re-upping with FtvS shortly after the arrival of Emiliano Calemzuk as the new FtvS president in late April. The move is a strong vote of confidence for Madden from Calemzuk, who last month dismissed the heads of the other three solely owned FtvS programming divisions — alternative, international and Fox World — as well as the head of the company's marketing department.

"Almost immediately after arriving at the studio, I could see clearly that David Madden is someone with whom the people in this industry want to be in business," said Calemzuk, to whom Madden will report. "His taste and relationships with established and new writers are the keys to the studio's continued growth. I put my faith in him and am delighted that David has made his home at FtvS."

Madden said he made the decision to stay at FtvS after several conversations with Calemzuk.

"I felt that there was an opportunity to keep doing what we've been doing but to do more of it," Madden said.

He added that FtvS will continue to develop "smart, edgier, ambitious one-hour dramas" such as the four series it has on the air: FX's "The Shield" and "The Riches" and the upcoming "Saving Grace" on TNT and "Burn Notice" on USA.

"We will continue to be an aggressive boutique company that is trying to do what the other companies are not doing," Madden said.

FtvS' scripted development team under Madden includes senior vps Nancy Cotton and Marney Hochman, vp Matt Loze and director Gabriel Marano.

Additionally, Madden's former assistant, Caitlin Foito, has been promoted to manager "after three arduous years of putting up with me," Madden said.

Madden has been at FtvS since 2000, first as an executive vp movies and miniseries and most recently as exec vp scripted programming. In addition to the studio's four scripted series, Madden oversaw such TV movies as A&E's "Flight 93," FX's "Redemption" and TNT's "The Grid."

Before joining FtvS, Madden was a producer and partner with the Paramount Pictures-based Cort/Madden Co., through which he produced more than 20 films, including HBO's Emmy-winning "Something the Lord Made" and "Save the Last Dance." He also executive produced "Runaway Bride."

Madden also was a producer and partner with Interscope Communications, where he developed and produced such films as "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," "The Associate" and "Operation Dumbo Drop."

He also was vp production at Paramount Pictures, supervising such films as "The Untouchables," "Fatal Attraction" and "The Naked Gun," and vp production at 20th Century Fox, where he shepherded "Romancing the Stone," "Jewel of the Nile," "Revenge of the Nerds" and "The Fly."