Studio taps scripted programming duo

Former Icon Prods. TV prexy Nancy Cotton has joined Fox TV Studios as senior VP of scripted programming and producer Matt Loze has joined as veepee.

Cotton and Loze will report to Fox TV Studios scripted programming exec VP David Madden, who announced the hires.

Madden pointed to Cotton’s “creativity, energy and impeccable pedigree in the mainstream broadcast arena.”

“While we have been developing numerous pilots with broadcast networks, we want to expand on the success we’ve had in the cable world with shows like ‘The Shield,’ ” Madden said.

Studio also is behind upcoming FX drama “The Riches,” starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, and the TNT entry “Saving Grace,” starring Holly Hunter.

Cotton replaces Lisa Demberg, who is leaving Fox TV Studios after six years to spend more time with her family. Demberg will continue to consult for the company on its telepic division.

Cotton will work closely with Marney Hochman, who continues as senior VP of scripted programming at the studio.

While at Icon, Cotton exec produced UPN’s Taye Diggs drama “Kevin Hill,” CBS’ “Clubhouse” and ABC’s “Complete Savages.” She first joined the Mel Gibson-led production shingle in 2001 and helped launch its Con Artists Prods. television banner in 2004.

Icon has not yet named Cotton’s replacement, but otherwise its TV division remains intact.

Before Icon, she was senior VP at Mandalay TV, where she developed and produced skeins including “Cupid,” “Young Americans” and “Rude Awakening.” She also spent four years at ABC, working as a drama development and current series director.

As for Loze, Madden called the exec a “savvy entrepreneur who knows how to initiate ideas and match them to the right talent.”

Loze jumps to Fox TV Studios from Course Management & Prods., which he launched in 2003. There he worked on projects such as the Sci Fi Channel telepic “Painkiller Jane.”

Loze’s other credits include serving as president of drama, network, syndie and longform at Pearson TV (“First Wave”) and senior VP at Trilogy Entertainment. Group. He also headed TV for Propaganda Films.

Other scripted projects in the works at Fox TV Studios include Lifetime telepic “What If God Were the Sun,” USA pilot “Burn Notice” and Lifetime pilots “Conspiracy” and “Virgin of Akron.”

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