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Melissa Grego Named CEO of Hollywood Radio & Television Society

Journalist and events producer Melissa Grego has been named CEO of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society.

Grego, a Variety alum and former editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, takes the reins on Oct. 30 from executive director Dave Ferrara, who is retiring after 18 years with the organization.

HRTS is a non-profit industry networking and career development association. It has long enjoyed strong support from senior executives in the television biz. Eric Schrier, FX Networks co-president of original programming, is the org’s president, an elected and unpaid position.

“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 is the first woman to head the HRTS, which was founded in 1947. Most recently she has run her own consulting firm, Melinc, which specialized in producing live events and conferences such as the Next TV Summit and Keynotes and Cocktails: Women of the West series. As a reporter, she also served stints at Television Week and the Hollywood Reporter.

“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,” 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.”

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