Rob Wade becomes CEO of Fox Entertainment
MUMBAI: The Executive Chairman and CEO of US media company Fox, Lachlan Murdoch, has announced that Rob Wade has been appointed CEO of Fox Entertainment with immediate effect. Wade served as president of alternative entertainment and specials.
In this role, Wade and his team will guide the media brand and content producer with the Fox Broadcast Network as the centerpiece. Fox Entertainment includes an expanding portfolio of owned content studios, including animation house Bento Box Entertainment, TMZ, MarVista Entertainment and Studio Ramsay Global. Fox Entertainment also includes in-house unscripted studio Fox Alternative Entertainment, scripted content creator Fox Entertainment Studios, Blockchain Creative Labs, and global content sales unit Fox Entertainment Global.
“Since the inception of Fox Entertainment, Rob has been an integral part of the management team tasked with executing its long-term strategy to build an independent broadcast-based media company, grow a portfolio of owned content and maintaining a disciplined internal infrastructure,” Murdoch said. “Given Rob’s honed creative instincts and proven operational acumen, he is well positioned to lead Fox Entertainment in what promises to be an exciting next chapter in its storied history.”
“I am honored to be tasked with leading Fox Entertainment into the future with an exceptionally talented team, whom I know very well, as we build and expand FOX’s legacy of excellence in storytelling,… “Entrepreneurial energy and innovation. This is a time of transformation across the entertainment landscape, offering limitless opportunities and, above all, creativity, making the prospects for the future bright and exhilarating,” said Wade. .
In his previous role, Wade oversaw the network’s unscripted programming, specials, and alternative development, as well as the company’s in-house production unit, Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE).
During her tenure at Fox, the network launched several hit unscripted series, including the singing competition The Masked Singer. This was followed by the Crime Scene Kitchen, Lego Masters and Next Level Chef guessing and baking contest.
Prior to joining Fox, Wade was showrunner on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and was 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 served as Head of Television at Syco Entertainment North America.