Vice President, Scheduling & Acquisitions
History (A+E Networks)
Chris Rose was named VP, Scheduling & Acquisitions at History in October 2016.
With nearly 450 premiere hours per year at the network, he is integral to leading the content strategy for all original series, specials and live events. He successfully helped launch the Car Week/Evel Live tentpole stunt with key departments (including Programming, Research, Ad Sales and Marketing) to maximize revenue and ratings. Rose works closely with key theatrical distributors to identify key movie packages for acquisition with recent titles including Hacksaw Ridge, Fury, Lincoln, American Sniper and Patriots Day. He also partners with Ad Sales and other revenue-generating departments to champion A+E Networks corporate goals and strategies and help identify growth opportunities.
Prior to History, Rose served as Senior Director, Scheduling & Strategy at Discovery Channel, where he played a critical role in orchestrating the strategy for key initiatives including the scripted miniseries Harley and The Davidsons and the annual Shark Week tentpole event.
Previously, Rose held the position of Senior Director, Scheduling and Strategy at BET Networks, where he was instrumental in the launch of BET’s original series, The Game, which debuted to a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers in 2011 and helped the network finish the year with the most total viewers in its history. In 2013, he championed the debut of the Kevin Hart series Real Husbands of
Hollywood, which premiered to 3.7 million viewers. In 2014, Rose strategically launched the network’s first one-hour scripted drama, Being Mary Jane, which premiered to over 3 million viewers. Rose was also closely involved with the company’s off-network acquisitions of the hit ABC series Scandal and other programs, including The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Martin and The Cosby Show. He has also spearheaded coverage (in conjunction with the BET News team) of key events including the deaths of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Nelson Mandela, the earthquake in Haiti and the elections and inaugurations of President Barack Obama.
Rose previously held the position of Director, Scheduling & Strategy, where he helped guide strategic program planning and scheduling for BET and Centric. He began at BET as Manager, Scheduling & Strategy, charged with managing short-term scheduling and tracking competitive trends. Before joining BET Networks he held Ad Sales Research positions at Twentieth Television FOX, Turner Sports and NBC.
He has successfully completed two certificate programs at Harvard Business School Online (CORE and Disruptive Strategy) and is a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Television, Radio & Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two sons.