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Fox names Rob Wade president, alternative entertainment

Fox Broadcasting Company has named producer and executive Rob Wade as president, alternative entertainment and specials. He will report to Dana Walden and Gary Newman, both chairs and CEOs of the ...
February 6, 2017

Fox Broadcasting Company has named producer and executive Rob Wade as president, alternative entertainment and specials.

He will report to Dana Walden and Gary Newman, both chairs and CEOs of the Fox Television Group, and will oversee the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate.

Corie Henson, who led alternative entertainment prior to the new hire, will stay on at Fox as executive VP, reporting to Wade.

Wade joins Fox in March.

Over the past two decades, Wade has specialized in live, music, variety and reality programming and most recently was the showrunner on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and served as an executive producer on Fox’s The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He was the head of entertainment development at BBC Worldwide and head of TV at SyCo Entertainment North America.

He also worked on a number of series including Grease: You’re the One that I Want, Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here; and developed shows and pilots for NBC, FOX, ITV, Univision, MTV, VH1, Channel 4 and the BBC.

“Unscripted programming is one of the true hallmarks of broadcast television. No other platform captures the immediacy and excitement of a big, broad, breakout unscripted hit like broadcast, and we are committed to expanding our efforts in this area beginning today, with Rob,” said Newman and Walden in a joint statement. “Rob’s an incredibly well-respected executive and producer with a proven track record working on reality hits. He’s also a creator himself, which makes him the perfect person to lead this charge.”

 

 

 

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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