A longtime Fox executive who’s a key player on the TV side is headed out the door. Variety reports that Joe Earley, chief operating officer for Fox Television Group, will exit at the end of this year.
The company reportedly does not have plans to replace him at this time.
Earley said in announcing the move that he wants to get closer to the creative process.
In his statement, Earley added: “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. 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 added: “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.”
Variety notes: “Earley had approached Walden and Newman earlier this year about leaving, and they set in motion a series of hires and promotions to ensure an orderly transition. Angela Courtin, for example, was named Chief Marketing Officer in July, assuming Earley’s responsibilities.”