Rob Wade upped to Fox Entertainment CEO

Rob Wade

Rob Wade has been appointed as CEO of Fox Entertainment with immediate effect, following Charlie Collier’s recent departure.

Wade, who previously served as president of alternative entertainment and specials, has taken the top job at the US linear network, after Collier joined Roku Media as its new president last month.

Reporting to Lachlan Murdoch, CEO and executive chair of Fox Corporation, Wade will oversee a portfolio of content studios, including animation house Bento Box Entertainment, TMZ, MarVista Entertainment and Studio Ramsay Global.

Fox Entertainment also includes the in-house unscripted studio Fox Alternative Entertainment, scripted content creator Fox Entertainment Studios, Blockchain Creative Labs, and the worldwide content sales unit Fox Entertainment Global.

In his previous role, Wade oversaw the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate, as well as the in-house production unit, Fox Alternative Entertainment.

During his time in the role, the network has launched unscripted titles such as The Masked Singer, Crime Scene KitchenLEGO Masters and Next Level Chef.

Prior to Fox, Wade served as the showrunner on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and was the head of entertainment development at BBC Worldwide. He was also an executive producer on Fox’s The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent and was head of TV at Syco Entertainment North America.

“Since the formation of Fox Entertainment, Rob has been an integral part of the leadership team responsible for delivering on its long-term strategy of creating an independent media company built on broadcast, developing an owned content portfolio and maintaining a disciplined in-house infrastructure,” said Murdoch.

“Given Rob’s sharp creative instincts and proven operational acumen, he is well-suited to lead Fox Entertainment in what promises to be an exciting next chapter in its rich history.”

Wade added: “It’s a transformative time across the global entertainment landscape, presenting limitless opportunity and, above all, creativity, making the outlook ahead bright and exhilarating.”

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