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Rob Wade restructures Fox Entertainment, Szew and Thorn promoted

Rob Wade, CEO of Fox Entertainment in the US, has restructured his senior exec team to focus on three pillars, leading to the promotions of Fernando Szew and Michael Thorn.

Rob Wade

The three pillars are studio entertainment, television and streaming platforms, and worldwide sales and licensing, falling under the three business segments of Fox Entertainment Studios, Fox Television Network and Fox Entertainment Global respectively.

Elevated to new senior leadership roles within this structure are Szew, who has been named head of Fox Entertainment Studios and Thorn, president of the Fox Television Network, both reporting directly to Wade.

Szew, the founding partner and CEO of MarVista Entertainment and Fox Entertainment Global, will now lead a new banner that consolidates all of Fox Entertainment’s studio businesses globally.

This includes animation company Bento Box Entertainment (Krapopolis, Bob’s Burgers), Fox Alternative Entertainment (The Masked Singer), Fox scripted studios (Animal Control), movie producer MarVista Entertainment, Studio Ramsay Global, launched in partnership with Gordon Ramsay, and Harvey Levin’s entertainment studio TMZ.

Allison Wallach, currently president of unscripted programming, expands her role to head of global unscripted programming at Fox Entertainment Studios, joining Szew’s team where she will lead all creative and production for the division’s unscripted content.

This includes several new global formats owned and produced by FAE, such as Beat My Mini-Mes (TF1/France), Marriage Market (ProSieben/Germany); and Celebrity Masterpiece (Workpoint/Thailand).

Thorn, who was president of scripted programming, is now president of Fox Television Network, where he will manage the company’s scripted, unscripted and casting teams in collaboration with Szew.

Reporting to Thorn are Brooke Bowman, exec VP of drama programming and development, Cheryl Dolins, senior VP of comedy and animation programming and development, Yasmin Rawji, exec VP of unscripted, and Brittainy Roberts, senior VP of casting.

Thorn will remain a member of the Bento Box Entertainment steering committee.

Fox Entertainment Global will be led on an interim basis by exec VP Tony Vassiliadis, reporting directly to Wade. When a permanent leader is named, Vassiliadis will transition into a new senior role.

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