For the first time in the 70-year history of HRTS, formerly known as the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the organization will be led by a woman. HRTS announced today that veteran industry producer and journalist Melissa Grego was named to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer.
HRTS President Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, made the announcement.
Grego, the former editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, succeeds longtime HRTS Executive Director Dave Ferrara, who is retiring. Grego will assume her new role Oct. 30.
“With Melissa’s background as a journalist and successful entrepreneur, she has a comprehensive understanding of the current television and media business,” Schrier said. “The energy and expertise she brings to the role will elevate the organization, particularly as it evolves and adapts to the changes in the multiplatform TV landscape and the issues that are critical to our members. Finally, we are grateful to Dave Ferrara for his dedicated service over the past 18 years. Under his leadership, the HRTS has experienced tremendous success and growth and he will always hold a special place with the organization.”
Grego joins HRTS from her consulting practice Melinc, which specializes in conferences, editorial content strategy and individual advisory work and where she is known as a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion in TV and media, the organization noted in today’s announcement.
Said Grego: “In my experience covering and working in this space, I have been fortunate to develop a broad view of the business and great insight into the challenges of thriving in TV and media. It is an honor and privilege to apply this perspective to HRTS. I have admired Dave’s and HRTS’ work in our business community for many years and look forward to working closely with the HRTS Board, staff and members as well as new and existing partners to serve the association and our industry.”
Through Melinc, Grego executive produces the Next TV Summit and TV Data Summit for B&C parent company NewBay Media and owns and operates the Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of the West and Women of NY event series. She was the first female editor-in-chief of B&C, and previously worked at Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and TVWeek.