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New President of Entertainment at FOX


David Madden is stepping down from his role as the president of entertainment at FOX, with Michael Thorn taking over the post.

Thorn will take on responsibility for scripted programming and development, as well as casting at the network. He will report to Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden and will transition into his new role at the end of next month. Thorn had joined the studio seven years ago as senior VP of drama development and has since developed dozens of successful dramas and comedies during his tenure as executive VP of development. A replacement for him at Twentieth Century Fox Television will be named soon.

“We’ve worked with Michael for the past decade, and in terms of creative chops and leadership skills, he’s one of the best,” said Newman and Walden. “He’s distinguished himself in our organization and in the creative community as an incredible executive who cares deeply about the work and our creative partners. As someone who’s worked at the studio, a broadcast network and spent time as a producer, Michael’s had the best possible training for this position. We’re elated he’ll be stepping into this expanded role.”

They continued, “This brings to a close an incredible 17-year run working with our friend and colleague, David. He’s a gifted executive who brings passion, intelligence and a tremendous amount of experience to all he does. We know he’ll be successful in the next stage of his career and we wish him all the best.”

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