Bigscreen topper for Fox telepix

Madden wants to tell stories, not talk to accountants

Film producer David Madden is making his way to the small screen, taking control of Fox Television Studios’ made-for-TV movie division.

Madden, who was named executive vice president of Fox TV Pictures, replaces Marci Pool, who recently jumped across the lot as sister network Fox’s new exec veepee of original movies and miniseries.

Madden reports to Fox TV Studios prexy David Grant, who made the announcement Wednesday. He’ll work closely with Pool to develop projects for the network as Fox relaunches its longform division.

The vet exec most recently produced last year’s Julia Roberts/Richard Gere vehicle “Runaway Bride.” Madden’s other producing credits include the thriller “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and “The Out-of-Towners.”

Madden parts ways with production partner Robert Cort to take the new job. Cort/Madden Co., founded in 1995, produced the Holly Hunter telepic “The Harlan County War” for Showtime and the upcoming “Save the Last Dance” for Paramount — where Cort/Madden was based.

Time for slashing

Madden’s decision to leave producing comes as the major studios continue to slash production deals.

“The feature business has changed,” Madden said. “Producers have to spend more time pulling together international financing and tax shelter deals than pulling together a story. I miss storytelling. And that’s what television is.”

Prior to Cort/Madden, the producer headed up more than 15 features as a producing partner with Interscope Communications.

His executive career includes stints as senior VP of production at Paramount, where he oversaw films such as “Fatal Attraction,” and VP of production at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on projects including “Romancing the Stone.”

“David gets where the high end of the television movie business is going — projects that rival features in boldness, scope, casting and creativity — and he wants to be a part of it,” Grant said.

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