Wade most recently served as chairman of Fox Alternative, overseeing the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate, as well as Fox Alternative Entertainment.
Fox Entertainment has promoted Rob Wade, the broadcast network’s head of alternative entertainment, to CEO.
The move comes two weeks after the announcement that previous CEO Charlie Collier was leaving to head up Roku’s media business.
Wade will report to Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chair and CEO of Fox Corporation.
In his new role, Wade will oversee Fox Entertainment’s portfolio, which includes animation house Bento Box Entertainment; MarVista Entertainment; TMZ; the in-house unscripted studio Fox Alternative Entertainment, which he launched; Studio Ramsay Global; scripted content creator Fox Entertainment Studios; Blockchain Creative Labs; and the Fox Entertainment Global content sales unit.
In a statement, Lachlan Murdoch, Fox Corp. executive chair and CEO, said: “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. 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 was previously president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox, working alongside entertainment president Michael Thorn, who oversees scripted programming, to shape the broadcaster’s primetime schedule. He also headed the unscripted studio Fox Alternative Entertainment.
“Wade added: I am honoured to be entrusted with leading Fox Entertainment into the future with an exceptionally talented team, whom I know very well, as we build and expand on Fox’s legacy of storytelling excellence, entrepreneurial energy and innovation. It’s a transformative time across the global entertainment landscape, presenting limitless opportunity and, above all, creativity, making the outlook ahead bright and exhilarating.”