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Fox Entertainment Appoints Rob Wade As New CEO – Deadline

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Fox Reality Chief Executive Rob Wade has been promoted to CEO of Fox Entertainment.

Wade, the former president of Alternative Entertainment and Fox Entertainment Specials, took the top job left by Charlie Collier, who left the company last month to join streamer Roku. Wade will report to Lachlan Murdoch, his chair and CEO of Fox Corporation.

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In his new role, Wade will oversee Fox Entertainment’s portfolio, which includes animation house Bento Box Entertainment. Marvista Entertainment; TMZ; and the in-house script-less studio he started Fox Alternative Entertainment. Studio Ramsay Global was heavily involved in its creation. Scripted Content Creators Fox Entertainment Studios; Blockchain Creative Labs; Fox Entertainment Global Content Sales Division.

“Since founding Fox Entertainment, Rob has been an integral part of our leadership team, following our long-term strategy to create an independent broadcast-based media company, develop our proprietary content portfolio, and maintain a disciplined internal infrastructure. We have a responsibility to deliver,” Murdoch said. “Given Rob’s keen creative instincts and proven operational acumen, he is well suited to lead Fox Entertainment, which promises to be the exciting next chapter in its rich history.”

Wade was one of the front-runners to succeed Collier, along with other senior executives within the company, including Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorne and COO Amy Carney.

He became the latest Briton to reach the top executive suites of US networks, with Fox and Disney’s Peter Rice, NBCU’s Francis Berwick, former NBC chief Paul Telegdy, former ABC boss Paul Lee, USA Entertainment’s Michael Join Jackson and others.

Wade is also responsible for the latest reality move up — although given Fox’s dominance of reality hits masked singer, As an independent broadcaster, it highlights the importance of being unscripted for the company in the post-Disney acquisition era. masked singerrecently launched its eighth season, having the network’s highest ratings in the past few years.

Wade joined Fox Entertainment in March 2017. lego masterscreated under his supervision, and long-running series such as chef.

He was also responsible for the launch of Fox’s in-house production unit, Fox Alternative Entertainment. Fox Alternative Entertainment has produced many significant titles and international formats as part of the $100 million Global Formats Fund.

Wade has a close relationship with one of the network’s biggest stars, Britt Gordon Ramsay. In addition to directing Ramsay shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Next Level Chef and future gordon ramsay food starwhere he was integral to a major contract with a famous British chef.

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Last August they founded Studio Ramsay Global. It grew out of a partnership between Ramsay’s former television business, Studio Ramsay, and All3Media. The acquisition and formation of the new company also included a major overall deal understood to be in the nine-figure range.

Wade has been a rising star of the network for the past five years, and has been praised by executives for navigating the financial responsibilities of an unscripted slate, a pandemic, keeping many important titles on the air, and finding new ways to do so. I was. fund development.

“As we build and expand Fox’s legacy of great storytelling, entrepreneurship and innovation, I look forward to leading Fox Entertainment into the future with a very talented team I know well,” said Wade. “We are in a time of transformation across the global entertainment industry, presenting endless opportunities and, above all, creativity, to make the future bright and exhilarating. ”

Prior to joining Fox, Wade was a showrunner for ABC’s. dance with the stars He was head of entertainment development for BBC Worldwide, which produced the show. Fox Executive He is also a producer. x factor and NBC’s America’s with talent He was head of the TV division for Syco Entertainment North America.