Veteran exec replaces Emiliano Calemzuk

After helping to make Fox Television Studios a player in scripted programming, David Madden has been upped to prexy of the bustling News Corp. production unit.

Madden’s elevation follows the departure earlier this month of former FTVS prexy Emiliano Calemzuk, who left after three years to become CEO of Shine Group Americas.

Madden, who joined the fledgling FTVS in 2000 as exec VP overseeing creative development and production, had been expected to succeed Calemzuk (Daily Variety, Aug. 6).

FTVS has grown significantly over the past decade, producing shows for a variety of networks including USA Network’s top-rated cable drama “Burn Notice,” as well as cabler’s “White Collar.””Our agenda going forward will be simple: To do more, to do it better, and even to be more profitable, while still taking some chances,” Madden said.

FTVS has upcoming boxing drama “Lights Out” for FX, as well as the net’s “Outlaw Country” pilot.

It also will produce AMC’s recently greenlighted drama series (formerly known as “The Killing”) based on a Danish murder-mystery series.

FTVS also produces ABC’s “The Gates,” Fox’s “The Good Guys” and NBC’s “Persons Unknown.”

Madden reports to 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

“David has been front and center throughout FTVS’ rise to its current position as one of the premiere brands in cable programming,” Newman and Walden said in a statement.

“He has earned the respect of the creative community as well as his colleagues, network executives and agents, throughout his decade-long tenure at the studio.”

When Madden arrived in 2000, the studio was known more for telepics than series. “The Shield,” a co-production with Sony Pictures TV, played a big part in bringing FTVS into the series business when it launched in 2002.

FTVS is known for keeping a tight rein on its budgets and for pursuing unusual financing deals for some of its shows.

It made headlines a year ago when it unexpectedly canceled Holly Hunter drama “Saving Grace,” even though it was drawing a healthy 3.5 million viewers for TNT, which wanted more episodes.

FTVS ended the series in June after three seasons because it wasn’t doing much business in international markets or in DVD sales. Also, because of small episode orders, FTVS wasn’t likely to have enough episodes to sell in syndication.

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