Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley (pictured) is to step down at the end of the year after 21 years with the company.
Earley, who has served in his current role since his appointment in August 2014, has been responsible for leading the communications, digital, research, talent relations, scheduling and audience strategy at Fox Broadcasting Company. He has also been charged with expanding opportunities for the stable of 20th Century Fox Television programming while overseeing the marketing, production and development of international copros.
Earley joined the company in 1994 as a senior publicist from HBO, before rising through the ranks to president of marketing and communications for Fox Broadcasting Company. He was named to the post of COO at Fox Broadcasting Company in 2012 where he provided oversight to all areas of the network, from scripted programming and development to audience strategy and casting.
“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,” said Earley in a statement.
“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,” the exec added. “So, while I will miss my extended FOX family terribly, it is time for me to pursue the proverbial ‘next chapter.’”
“We have been discussing [Earley's] 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,” added Gary Newman and Dana Walden, joint chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, in a joint statement.