Speaker Rob Swartz
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SVP, Development & Production
Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Production at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network that is home to factual entertainment, television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Swartz leads creative execution of the network’s development and production slate including documentaries and series such as Charles Manson: The Final Words, Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak, Price of Fame, and Murder Made Me Famous.
Prior to joining REELZ, Swartz served as President of production company Venn Media, developing programming for cable, broadcast, syndication and digital platforms. Previously, he served as Vice President of Original Series for Cartoon Network, where he oversaw development and current programming for all of the network's original animated, live action and alternative series, including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Hole in the Wall, Dude What Would Happen and Destroy Build Destroy. Before joining Cartoon Network, Swartz was Vice President of Alternative Programming at Syfy, where he developed and launched Destination Truth, Who Wants to be a Superhero? and was responsible for overseeing the successful Ghost Hunters franchise.
Swartz has held positions at NBC Entertainment, Walt Disney/Touchstone Television, digital media company MXG, and Chris Craft/United Television. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Television Academy, he has served as Governor of the Television Executives Peer Group, as Governors’ appointee to the Executive Committee, as Chair of the Digital Strategy Committee and on the Academy's Membership Committee.
A frequent speaker on the business of television, Swartz has taught in the Cinema and Television Arts department at Cal State-Northridge. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School, Swartz lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Rob Swartz, Reelz Channel