Fox Entertainment has a new CEO: Rob Wade will replace Charlie Collier

Rob Wade is Fox President of Alternative Entertainment, mastermind of The Masked Singer and former showrunner of Dancing With the Stars.

Fox has found his replacement for Charlie Collier. Rob Wade, most recently President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials at Fox Entertainment, will become its new CEO, IndieWire has learned. Collier goes to Roku.

Wade, the former “Dancing with the Stars” showrunner, will be taking on some new responsibilities. In addition to the unwritten responsibilities he has overseen, he will now oversee animation house Bento Box Entertainment, TMZ, MarVista Entertainment, and Studio Ramsay Global. All of these units were brought in under Collier.

Not only will Wade continue to have the final say on alternative programming, he will also add scripted content creators Fox Entertainment Studios as well as Blockchain Creative Labs. Eventually, Wade will oversee Fox’s worldwide distribution unit, Fox Entertainment Global. Wade’s biggest hit on Fox to date is The Masked Singer, but don’t sleep on Crime Scene Kitchen, Lego Masters and Next Level Chef.

“Since the founding of Fox Entertainment, Rob has been an integral part of the leadership team responsible for executing its long-term strategy of creating an independent media company rooted in broadcast, developing its own content portfolio and maintaining a disciplined internal infrastructure,” said Lachlan Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation, in a statement to IndieWire. “Rob’s keen creative instincts and proven operational acumen make him well placed to lead Fox Entertainment into an exciting next chapter in its rich history.”

“I am honored to lead Fox Entertainment into the future with an exceptionally talented team that I know very well as we build and expand Fox’s legacy of storytelling excellence, entrepreneurial energy and innovation,” added Wade. “It’s a transformative time across the global entertainment landscape, bringing limitless opportunity and, most importantly, creativity, making the prospects for the future bright and exciting.”

In addition to his work at DWTS, Wade was Head of Entertainment Development at BBC Worldwide. He has also served as executive producer on Fox’s The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and was executive director of TV for Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment North America. So you get the reason(s) why he was responsible for reality.

monsters and Nick Cannon, "The Masked Singer"

Monster and Nick Cannon in Fox’s The Masked Singer.

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Beginning in late October, Collier will oversee Roku’s content and advertising products. Based in New York City, the Connecticut resident will report to the device maker’s CEO and founder, Anthony Wood. Hiring Collier is Roku’s biggest hit yet in the original programming, which on the content side includes “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” the Quibi play, and the “Zoey” Christmas movies. Originals are clearly a priority for Roku, which in November 2021 announced plans to develop more than 50 series over the next two years.

Collier is often credited with transforming the former American Movie Classics from a network that literally played classic American films into a player in prestige dramas. Though he didn’t technically greenlight “Mad Men,” he did oversee its legendary run at AMC. And Collier was part of the executive team there that launched Breaking Bad, which eventually spawned Better Call Saul (also during his tenure) and The Walking Dead.

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https://www.indiewire.com/2022/10/fox-entertainment-ceo-rob-wade-charlie-collier-1234768844/ Fox Entertainment has a new CEO: Rob Wade will replace Charlie Collier

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