February 6, 2017 — Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has named producer and executive Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. Reporting to Newman and Walden, Wade will oversee the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate. He will join the network in March.
“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. “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. We’re confident Rob has the creative vision to shape this area in the same way we’ve shaped the scripted side at the studio through our partnerships with some of the best talent in the business.”
“FOX has always been a pioneer in unscripted television, delivering its boldest and most innovative hits,” said Wade. “I am thrilled to be given the chance to work with the best talent in the business and hope I can add to that legacy.”
Over the last 20 years, Wade has specialized in live, music, variety and reality programming. He most recently served as the showrunner on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and was the head of Entertainment Development at BBC Worldwide. Wade was executive producer on FOX’s “The X Factor” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and was Head of TV at SyCo Entertainment North America. In addition to “Dancing with the Stars,” he has worked on a broad spectrum of successful series, including “Grease: You’re the One that I Want,” “Big Brother,” “Dog Eat Dog” and “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.” He’s also developed shows and pilots for NBC, FOX, ITV, Univision, MTV, VH1, Channel 4 and the BBC.
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Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including EMPIRE, THE MICK, LETHAL WEAPON, LUCIFER, GOTHAM, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, NEW GIRL, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, BONES, STAR, THE SIMPSONS, SON OF ZORN, FAMILY GUY, BOB’S BURGERS, HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, as well as new series 24: LEGACY, APB and MAKING HISTORY. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports and Sunday morning news. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow. To watch primetime programming live on the web, visit www.fox.com/live. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.
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