The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) has found its new CEO.
Former Broadcasting & Cable editor-in-chief Melissa Grego has been tapped for the role, it was announced Wednesday
Grego, a former Hollywood Reporter staff member, becomes the first woman to lead the organization in its 70-year history. She succeeds longtime HRTS executive director Dave Ferrara, who chose to retire after 18 years with the group. Grego will begin in her new role on Oct. 30.
“With Melissa’s background as a journalist and successful entrepreneur, she has a comprehensive understanding of the current television and media business,” said HRTS president and FX original programming president Eric Schrier. “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 comes to the HRTS after launching her own consulting practice, Melinc, which specializes in conferences, editorial content strategy and advisory work. She became known as a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion in TV and media. Through her practice, Grego executive produced the Next TV Summit and TV Data Summit for Broadcasting & Cable’s parent company, NewBay Media. She also owns and oversees Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of the West and Women of NY event series.
Prior to her time at Broadcasting & Cable, Grego held roles at Variety and Television Week in addition to THR.
“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,” Grego said. “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.”