The Fox Broadcasting Company has named a new president of Alternative Entertainment and Specials. The company announced today that producer and executive Rob Wade, whose credits include showrunner on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” was named to the post.
Making the announcement were Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. Wade, who will oversee the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate, will report to Walden and Newman. He will join the network in March.
In the announcement, Newman and Walden commented: “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. 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.”
Wade added: “Fox has always been a pioneer in unscripted television, delivering its boldest and most innovative hits. 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.”
The announcement notes: “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.