Fox Broadcasting Company has brought in Rachel Rusch as VP of Event Series. She will oversee the network’s limited-run programming and is charged with developing large-scale event series, as well as live scripted events. (Fox has the live Grease musical coming up in January 2016 and has been interested in exploring live drama and comedy programming.)
Madden is reteaming with Rusch after working with her at Fox TV Studios. Before segueing to the Fox job, Madden headed FtvS where Rusch spent four and a half years until leaving last February to join Fabrik Entertainment (Burn Notice, The Killing), a company that has strong ties with FtvS where it has been under a cable deal for a long time. As manager of programming at FtvS, Rusch served as a current executive on such series as The Americans on FX, The Killing on AMC/Netflix and White Collar and Sirens on USA, as well as developed projects for Lifetime, AMC, FX, ABC Family and VH1.
“Rachel and I worked together for years at Fox Television Studios, where she proved to be one of the most astute story minds I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I consider it no small triumph to have lured her back into working with me again, in the very important area of event series,” said Madden. “She is a literary dynamo, a passionate lover of television and a tremendous partner to creators, and I look forward to her enthusiasm and insights in managing our event series slate.”
Rusch is joining Fox from Red Arrow-owned Fabrik Entertainment where she served as Director of Development for the past year, producing drama series Bosch for Amazon and setting up projects at broadcast and cable networks.
At Fox, Rusch will work with sister studio 20th Century Fox Television as well as FX Productions, which has a long-form production unit that was launched jointly by FX and Fox.
Fox has made changes at the top of two departments in the past couple of months, with Corie Henson recently replacing Simon Andreae as head of alternative.