Fox ups Earley to top publicity post

Exec to supervise entire network department

HOLLYWOOD — Joe Earley has been promoted to oversee all of Fox’s publicity and corporate communications.

Earley, who most recently was vice president of entertainment publicity, now adds senior veep stripes for both publicity and corporate communications. Effective immediately, he will supervise the entire network department, including national publicity campaigns and business and communications strategies.

Earley reports to Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman, who made the announcement Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to have Joe head up our public relations department,” Berman said. “He is one of the most gifted and well-respected communications professionals in the television industry, and this well-deserved promotion recognizes that talent.”

Earley replaces Christina Kounelias, who had been senior VP of publicity and corporate communications at Fox since 1997. Kounelias has left the company to pursue other options.

Earley joined Fox in 1994 as a senior publicist, working his way up as director of publicity before taking his most recent title in 1999.

Before that, Earley spent three years in HBO’s media relations department. While at HBO, he worked on campaigns including original longforms “And the Band Played On,” “Stalin” and “Witch Hunt.”

He started out in feature film production and development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Pacific Western Prods., where he worked on projects including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “The Waterdance.”

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