Respected Industry Veteran Brings Wealth of Experience, Rare Insight and Proven Record of Success to Leading National Networks And Growing AMC Studios Operation
NEW YORK, NY – September 15, 2017 – Today, respected industry leader David Madden was named president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios. Madden joins AMC from Fox, where he has been president of entertainment for the Fox broadcast network since 2014. He will report to Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
Prior to running the creative side of the Fox broadcast network, Madden was president of Fox Television Studios, which developed and produced programming for a variety of broadcast and cable networks in the U.S. and internationally. In this role, he oversaw all of the studio’s scripted and unscripted programming, and the studio’s finance, operations, and marketing divisions. Series produced by Fox during Madden’s tenure at the studio included “The Shield” and “The Americans” for FX, “The Killing,” for AMC and later Netflix, “White Collar,” “Graceland” and “Burn Notice” for USA, and many others.
“David Madden is a terrific, thoughtful person and a proven, tested executive. He’s known broadly not just for his leadership but also for developing and producing original programming alongside some of our industry’s most outstanding talent,” Collier said. “His rare and noteworthy success in this industry speaks for itself. He will have an immediate impact across our AMC and SundanceTV senior management team and, notably, our AMC Studios business as it continues to play an increasingly significant role for our networks and well beyond. It is exciting to add one of the key executives behind such iconic television series as ‘The Shield,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘The Killing’ and so many others to a talented team that already helped build and nurture content as diverse and successful as ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Into the Badlands,’ ‘Top of the Lake’ and Talking Dead,’ to name a few. I look forward to working with David and his team to define our next chapter of bold, original storytelling.”
“While I’m enormously grateful for my 17 years at Fox and proud of everything we accomplished at the network and the cable studio, I just landed my dream job,” Madden said. “The opportunity to play a leadership role at networks like AMC and SundanceTV, which live at the very highest end of television content, and at a growing studio operation, is the culmination of everything I’ve done to date in my career and something I could not pass up. I’m proud to immediately inherit a roster of some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television, and to endeavor to find and develop new ones with such a gifted group of executives, led by Charlie Collier, whom I have worked with and admired over the years. We have a chance to nurture the next generation of outstanding AMC and SundanceTV programming, while also building AMC Studios into a preeminent home for creative talent, a place that truly puts writers and their visions first, and a supplier of quality programming across our company and beyond it.”
Madden, who will start later this month, will be based in AMC’s Los Angeles office, where he will work closely with Susie Fitzgerald, executive vice president of scripted programming for AMC and SundanceTV, Kristin Jones, senior vice president of international programming development, acquisitions and co-productions for AMC and SundanceTV, and Eliot Goldberg, senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming for AMC and SundanceTV, and their teams. With his arrival, the senior leadership of AMC Studios now includes:
- Charlie Collier, president
- David Madden, president of programming
- Rick Olshansky, president of business operations
- Stefan Reinhardt, president of production and finance
Just as Collier and Madden have both network and studio responsibilities, Olshansky and Reinhardt will continue to have similar dual roles, reporting to Collier. In addition to his studio responsibilities, Olshansky will continue to serve as executive vice president of business affairs and production for AMC Networks. Reinhardt will continue to serve as executive vice president of finance for AMC and SundanceTV.
Later this fall, “The Walking Dead” will return to AMC for its season eight premiere, the 100th episode in the historic franchise. The network is in production on new dramas for 2018 including “The Terror,” “Lodge 49,” “Dietland” and “McMafia.” SundanceTV recently brought viewers “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” from Jane Campion and starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie, as a three-night television event. On September 25, SundanceTV will premiere a new limited series, “Liar,” starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd. In November, SundanceTV will present a two-night non-fiction event, “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” from award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger, probing the crime that provided the foundation for Truman Capote’s novel, “In Cold Blood.”
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. 2017 marked the 10th year in a row the network received a nomination in the Outstanding Drama Series category, a cable record. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “The Night Manager,” “Preacher,” “The Son,” “Loaded” and the forthcoming “The Terror,” “Lodge 49,” “McMafia,” and “Dietland.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” “Comic Book Men,” “Ride with Norman Reedus” and the forthcoming “Visionaries” series. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.