Longtime Fox exec Joe Earley, who last summer was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer for the newly aligned Fox Television Group, is exiting the company at the end of the year.
A 21 year veteran of Fox, Earley is liked and well respected within the industry. He joined the network in the mid 1990s as a junior publicist and climbed the ladder over the next two decades, serving in various positions across publicity and marketing before being named COO of FBC in August 2012. It was some two years later, when new Fox toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman were looking to shore up their team straddling both the network and the studio, that Earley was promoted to COO of Fox Television Group.
In that role he was responsible for overseeing marketing and communications, digital, research, talent relations, scheduling and audience strategy at Fox Broadcasting Company, and partnered with 20th Century Fox Television’s development, production, business affairs, marketing and finance leads on strategic initiatives, as well as publicity and talent relations at the studio. Earley’s position will not be filled following his exit all the execs under him will report directly to Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
“Over the past 21 years, I’ve had the great fortune of working alongside some of the most talented and inspiring people in the business, from my co-workers and bosses, to the talent on our shows, both in front of and behind the camera/. Because of the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades FOX, and the incredible support of the teams across the network, I have been afforded unbelievable opportunities for growth and new experiences”, Joe Earley said in a statement.
“I’m very grateful to Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Peter Rice for their leadership and friendship, and for inviting me to join them at the Fox Television Group, which has allowed me to also appreciate the impressive team on the studio side”, he continued. “All of this new opportunity, however, as rewarding as it is, has led me further and further from the creative process, which is really where my heart wants to be. So, while I will miss my extended FOX family terribly, it is time for me to pursue the proverbial, ‘next chapter.’ As a former publicist, I thought I would never use that phrase, but it turns out that sometimes it’s true.”
“Joe is one of the most talented executives and gifted leaders we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, so we are saddened that he has decided to step down”, Co-Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a statement. “We have been discussing his desire to get closer to the creative process for a while now, and although we would love for him to stay at Fox for another 21 years, we understand and fully support his plans to take on new challenges. We are extremely grateful to Joe for his partnership, strategic insight and all of his contributions to the company, and we know we’ll be working with him again soon.”
While Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, added: “I have been fortunate to work with Joe for nearly seven years, and one of the things I admire most about him is the deep level of trust and confidence he’s built with our creators, talent and industry peers. His sharp business sense, passion for creativity and ability to inspire and mobilize teams have made him an extraordinary and beloved executive here at Fox – and he will undoubtedly have that same impact no matter what path he chooses to take next.”