Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Production at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network with programming focused on real people in revealing stories ranging from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Autopsy: The Last Hours Of. The network is home to true crime stories and law enforcement action including Gangsters: America’s Most Wanted, Mobsters, COPS, COPS Reloaded and JAIL that take place in real communities across America. Swartz supervises production of the hit original series On Patrol: Live that follows law enforcement officers live from a diverse mix of police departments and sheriff offices across America.
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 and Regular Show. 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 is a co-founder of The Goodness Web, a non-profit focused on youth mental health.