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Fox alternative chief Rob Wade to join Realscreen Live for keynote conversation

Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment, will be taking part in a keynote conversation slated for the upcoming virtual event, Realscreen Live. Wade oversees Fox’s unscripted programming, ...
May 25, 2021

Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment, will be taking part in a keynote conversation slated for the upcoming virtual event, Realscreen Live.

Wade oversees Fox’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate, as well as the company’s in-house production unit, Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE).

Over the last 20 years, Wade has specialized in live, music, variety and reality programming. During his tenure at Fox, the network has launched several hit unscripted series, including television’s #1 entertainment series, The Masked Singer. Recently renewed for a sixth season, The Masked Singer is produced by FAE, as is the 2020-21 season’s #1 new unscripted series, I Can See Your Voice, hosted and executive-produced by The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong; The Masked Dancer, hosted by Craig Robinson; and Name That Tune, featuring Jane Krakowski and Randy Jackson. New programs produced by FAE include the guessing game-meets-baking competition Crime Scene Kitchen, hosted by Joel McHale (with Fly on the Wall Entertainment) and premiering tomorrow night (May 26); Domino Masters, with Eric Stonestreet hosting; the singing competition Alter Ego; and Next Level Chef, the next evolution in cooking competitions, hosted by Gordon Ramsay and coproduced with Studio Ramsay.

Throughout the pandemic, Wade helped lead Fox’s programming pivot by producing and airing Fox Presents iHeart Living Room Concert For America, a benefit special hosted by Elton John on March 29, 2020, just days after production throughout the industry was shut down. Under Wade’s leadership, Fox remotely produced two new shows, After the Mask and Celebrity Watch Party. Wade then oversaw production of The Masked Singer‘s fourth season and the debut season of I Can See Your Voice, creatively incorporating an audience into both series during this unusual time.

Among the other Fox series Wade has launched are Lego Masters, the 2019-20 season’s #1 new entertainment unscripted program among Adults 18-49; Ultimate Tag, co-hosted by NFL superstar sibling trio JJ, TJ and Derek Watt; Beat Shazam, hosted by Jamie Foxx; and Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.

In this keynote conversation, taking place on June 11 at 12 p.m. ET, Rob Wade will discuss Fox’s unscripted successes to date and the unscripted programming highlights on the way for Fox, as well as his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing producers and programmers in the unscripted genre as the industry continues to evolve.

For more information on Realscreen Live, visit the official site here.

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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