Feature producer to create dramas, comedies
Marvin Davis — a budding producer. “I learned from him in my early days — he was the first guy I talked to about how to develop scripts,” Davis said. “As a feature producer, it’s hard not to be pulled into this medium,” he added. Indeed, Davis joins a growing list of successful feature producers who have turned their attention to TV — a trend that really took off after Jerry Bruckheimer built his empire. Now others, such as Mark Gordon, have carved out their own booming TV shingles.”In the past, John would say, ‘I’d love to get into TV, but I have six movies in production,” Madden said. This time, the busy Davis hired Forman. “It seemed like he was taking the right steps to address the series business personally,” Madden said. Madden said he is also attracted to Davis’ populist streak — and expects him to bring some of that box office mojo to TV. “I expect John to be embarrassingly commercial,” Madden said. “While John has very good taste, he’s also a balls-out, how-do-I-appeal-to-the-broadest-common-denominator kind of guy.” Given Fox TV Studios’ international interests, Madden said the global appeal of Davis’ features also work in his favor. The prolific Davis, who has been behind films including “Courage Under Fire,” “I, Robot” and “Daddy Day Care,” is no stranger to the smallscreen, having produced countless TV movies — including Disney Channel’s recent hit “Jump In” and the NBC entry “Asteroids.” Forman joins Davis Entertainment from Eric McCormack’s Big Cattle Prods. (“Lovespring International”). Forman’s credits also include heading up programming at Vin Di Bona Prods.; before that, he spent five years as senior VP of programming at UPN. His resume also includes stints at NBC Studios, Reeves Entertainment and Brillstein-Grey.