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Joe Eearley promoted to Fox Television Group COO

MUMBAI: Joe Earley has appointed Fox Television Group (FTG) as COO and David Madden as Fox president of entertainment.

Earley will report to Walden and Newman, joining them in the executive suite of the newly-formed television group, and will be charged with maximising opportunities for the portfolio of shows produced by 20th Century Fox Television for Fox.

In his new role, Earley will partner with the studio’s development, production, business affairs, marketing and finance leads on strategic initiatives, and will oversee the development of international co-productions, as well as publicity and talent relations at the studio. He will also continue to have direct oversight of marketing and communications, digital, multi-platform programming, research, talent relations, scheduling and audience strategy at the network.

Fox Television Group chairmen, CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden said, “We are unbelievably excited for Joe to join us in the Fox Television Group as we work to more closely align our network and studio businesses. He is an exceptionally valuable leader within our company, with a unique ability to see the big picture, and we’re really looking forward to having him spearhead initiatives that take full advantage of the incredible opportunities across our series.”

Madden will assume responsibility for scripted programming and development, alternative entertainment and casting at the network. He will also report to Newman and Walden.

Walden and Newman said, “David is an incredible creative executive with an impeccable eye for talent who is respected tremendously by the creative community, his network and agency partners, and his colleagues alike. Over his nearly 15-year tenure at Fox Television Studios, David helped transform FTVS into one of the premier brands in cable programming, and we are elated to bring his stellar expertise and reputation to the FOX network”.

Both Earley and Madden will transition into their new roles immediately. A replacement for Madden at FTVS will be named soon.

Previously, Earley served as Fox COO, where he played a key management role in all areas of the network. During his tenure at Fox, Earley drove the strategy behind the successful launches of shows, including ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘The Following’, New Girl’ and ‘Glee’.

Earley has risen through the executive ranks over his 20 years at Fox. He joined the network in 1994 as a senior publicist after spending several years in media relations at HBO, and began his entertainment career in production and development with producer Gale Anne Hurd.

Madden joins Fox from Fox Television Studios, where as President, he oversaw all of the studio’s scripted and unscripted programming, as well as FTVS’ finance, operations and marketing divisions. In that role, he shepherded shows, such as ‘The Americans’, ‘The Killing’, ‘White Collar’ and ‘Graceland’, as well as ‘Complications’, which will have its series debut in the first quarter of next year. He also oversaw the upcoming comedies ‘The Comedians’, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad; and ‘Sex&Drugs&RockandRoll’, starring Denis Leary.