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Joe Earley, who joined Fox Broadcasting 18 years ago as a publicist and has risen through the ranks in marketing and communications, on Wednesday was named Chief Operating Officer of the network, reporting to Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“Joe is not only an inspired and creative marketing strategist, but he should own the patent on the concept of ‘team builder,’” said Reilly. “He is a dynamic leader who inspires partnership and a sense of collective purpose across our entire company.”
Earley most recently has been president of marketing and communications with oversight of entertainment publicity, corporate communications, talent relations, creative services, internal corporate marketing, promotion and special projects.
In the announcement, Earley was credited with driving the marketing strategy behind some of Fox’s recent hits including Glee, New Girl and The X Factor; as well as for his past work on such shows as American Idol, House, Fringe, 24 and The Simpsons.
He is also credited with creating the networks “So Fox” branding campaign, and expanding the network’s efforts in VOD, broadcast, print and digital platforms.
“Having been at Fox for almost two decades,” said Earley, “it’s been a privilege to work alongside the most creative, innovative and driven executives in the business; and I’m excited about where we – collectively – are taking the network.”
Earley started at Fox in 1994 as a senior publicist after several years in media relations at HBO. He began his career in production and development with producer Gale Anne Hurd.
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