"David Madden is a terrific, thoughtful person and a proven, tested executive," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios. "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, 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."
During his three-year tenure at Fox, the network launched respectable new scripted performers in Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, The X-Files revival and Star, though it is still searching for a breakout of the size of Empire. While running a broadcast network has its constraints, Madden excelled in his previous role as president of cable-focused Fox Television Studios. Series developed and produced by the company during his tenure included The Shield and The Americans for FX; The Killing for AMC and later Netflix; and White Collar, Graceland, Burn Notice and Queen of the South for USA among others.
"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."
AMC had been in a rebuilding mode following the end of its Emmy-winning Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The network continue to boast the biggest hit in all of television with The Walking Dead, headed into its eighth season, and has launched promising series in Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul and Into the Badlands. Its new shows slated for 2018 launch include The Terror, Lodge 49, Dietland and McMafia. SundanceTV just premiered Top of the Lake: China Girl from Jane Campion and starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie, and has new limited series, Liar, starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd, coming up.