Calemzuk ankles Fox TV for Shine

Exec named CEO of Elizabeth Murdoch's Group Americas

Emiliano Calemzuk is switching from Papa Murdoch’s domain to that of his daughter.

The Fox TV Studios president has ankled his post and joined Shine Group Americas as CEO.

The appointment of Calemzuk in this newly created position was announced Thursday morning by Shine Group CEO-chair Elisabeth Murdoch.

The likely candidate to replace Calemzuk as head of Fox TV Studios appears to be exec VP David Madden, who has played a major role in the shingle’s recent programming successes, overseeing its cable programming.

Calemzuk will now oversee all Shine operations in the Americas — including Reveille, the L.A.-based shingle responsible for hits like “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser,” as well as new reality entry “MasterChef.”

Calemzuk had spent 12 years at News Corp. — run, of course, by Rupert Murdoch. He has served as president of FTVS since April 2007, helping expand the shingle into a new international co-production model, and also increasing the studio’s stable of cable programming — such as USA’s “Burn Notice” and “White Collar,” as well as TNT’s “Saving Grace.” Fox TV Studios is also behind Fox’s fall entry “The Good Guys.”

FTVS had operated as a separate production entity within News Corp. until recently, when 20th Century Fox TV assumed control, under the oversight of Gary Newman and Dana Walden.

It’s unclear whether the change in structure played a role in Calemzuk’s exit.

At Shine, Calemzuk will also join the company’s executive board. He officially moves to the company in mid-September, based in L.A.

“Emiliano is a world-class creative executive; respected, innovative and entrepreneurial,” Elisabeth Murdoch said. “He has excelled at News Corp. both as a broadcaster, establishing market leading pay TV networks in different continents, and as a global producer responsible for high quality, successful cable and network programming. With his experience and boundless energy, Emiliano is perfectly placed to build on our current successes and indentify new opportunities for the group throughout the Americas. It is a privilege to have him on board.”

Prior to Fox TV Studios, Calemzuk served as president of Fox Intl. Channels Europe, managing Fox’s Italian channels, as well as Fox’s Spain, France, Germany, Turkey and Eastern Europe operations. He was also VP and deputy manager of Fox Latin American Channels, and before that, g.m. of Fox Kids Latin America.

“I’m proud to leave Fox TV Studios as a profitable and healthy studio with a growing slate of successful and acclaimed programming,” Calemzuk said. “The Shine companies are the finest independent group of their kind and I am thrilled to be joining them at this remarkable point in their journey. They are creative, entrepreneurial and ambitious with incredible potential for growth.”

As for Madden, the exec has been with Fox TV Studios since 2000. As part of the Paramount-based Cort/Madden Co., he produced features such as “Save the Last Dance.” He was also an exec producer on “Runaway Bride,” and he developed and produced movies such as “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” at Interscope Communications.

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