Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier is leaving the linear network to join Roku. He joins as President, Roku Media, effective in late October, based in New York. The surprising move is a major statement of intent from Roku. Collier will oversee advertising and content at the digital streaming company. He will run Roku Media globally, managing its ad platform business as well as content for Roku’s owned and operated channels, including the Roku Channel.
Under Collier, Fox has delivered non-scripted hits including The Masked Singer, I Can See Your Voice and Next Level Chef, and has pushed through acquisitions of streamer Tubi TV, indie studio MarVista Entertainment and Bob’s Burgers animation studio Bento Box Entertainment.
On the heels of acquiring Bento Box Entertainment, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier is bullish on Fox’s new ability to operate as an independent among growing entertainment monoliths such as Disney, WarnerMedia and Comcast NBCUniversal. “We are remaking our business as an independent, which as you know is a rare commodity these days,”
The newly appointed Fox Entertainment CEO spoke Wednesday on the heels of his first major public appearance in the new role when he addressed the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. Collier weighed in on the future of Fox Corp., how Fox will sell itself to the creative community and the new content incubation pact that Fox just set with producer Gail Berman.
New Fox Chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch looked outside for a leader of the soon-to-be independent Fox broadcasting network that will emerge after Disney’s acquisition of key Fox assets. AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier has been named CEO of entertainment. He will start Nov. 1, reporting to Murdoch who made the announcement Friday in an internal memo.