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Fox Corporation picks new CEO of entertainment

Fox Corporation executive Robert Wade.
Fox Corporation executive Robert Wade. (Photo courtesy Fox Corporation, Graphic by The Desk)

Fox Corporation has selected Robert Wade to serve as the company’s new chief executive officer for its entertainment division.

The announcement was made in a press release on Thursday, one month after former Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier left to become the president of Roku Media.

Wade previously served as the president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Corporation, where he oversaw the development of the network’s reality-based and talent show programming. Shows under his purview include “The Masked Singer,” “Lego Masters” and “MasterChef.”

“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,” Lachlan Murdoch, the chair and CEO of Fox Corporation, said in a statement. “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.”

As Fox Entertainment’s new CEO, Wade will continue to oversee Fox Alternative Entertainment as well as other divisions within the company, including TMZ, Fox Entertainment Global, MarVista Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment.

“I am honored 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,” Wade said in a statement. “It’s a transformative time across the global entertainment landscape, presenting limitless opportunity and, above all, creativity, making the outlook ahead bright and exhilarating.”

Wade started with Fox in 2017. Before joining Fox, Wade served as a showrunner for ABC’s hit talent show “Dancing with the Stars,” which moved to Disney’s streaming service Disney Plus last year.  He also served as an executive producer on the Fox talent show “The X Factor” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

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