The head of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting is out and a new president has been named as the division undergoes a sudden upheaval. The Los Angeles Times reports that David Madden is leaving the company, apparently headed to AMC.
“Madden is being succeeded at Fox by Michael Thorn, who served as executive vice president in charge of program development at parent company 21st Century Fox’s television studiom” The Times reports. “Thorn, 47, oversaw ‘This Is Us,’ the studio’s hit drama that currently airs on NBC and was last season’s sole breakout show on the broadcast networks.”
In a statement, Fox Television Group co-Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said: “We’ve worked with Michael for the past decade, and in terms of creative chops and leadership skills, he’s one of the best.”
The report adds: “Madden is in advanced talks to take a top executive post at AMC Networks, filling the role of Joel Stillerman, who departed for streaming service Hulu in May, according to people familiar with the discussions who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly. Madden would oversee programming at the cable networks AMC and Sundance TV and also play a lead role at AMC’s production studio. An AMC spokesman declined to comment.”
Madden, who came to the network after a stint as president of the Fox TV Studios, had overseen all prime-time programming for Fox since February 2014.