Jon Wax Promoted to EVP at WGN America, Tribune Studios

Jon Wax has been named executive VP, original programming, at WGN America and Tribune Studios.

Wax, who was senior VP, scripted programming, will continue to oversee all scripted series development. His development work includes WGN America originals Underground, Outsiders, Salem and Manhattan.

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“From the beginning, Jon has been instrumental in putting WGN America on the map as a home for dynamic scripted shows, and is as good a development executive as there is in the business,” said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager, WGNA America and Tribune Studios. “His eye for talent and willingness to take risks on daring programming has become a signature element of WGN America’s programming slate.”

Wax joined WGN America in 2013 to oversee the new scripted programming initiative, reuniting with his former mentors at Fox, Peter Liguori and Cherniss. Before that, he spent nearly 15 years on the Fox lot, the last four as VP, drama development at 20th Century Fox Television.

Related: WGN America Cancels Drama ‘Manhattan’

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.