Joe Earley has been named president of Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group, overseeing the independent studio’s television, film, theater and digital divisions. He’ll report directly to chairman and CEO Berman, with whom Earley worked when Berman was president of Fox Broadcasting Co.
“I am thrilled to welcome Joe at a time when The Jackal Group is experiencing the kind of measurable creative and operational surge that will benefit from his expertise and overall presence. Plus, Joe is an exceptional leader with a sharp eye for terrific content, and he possesses a special ability of inspiring those around him with seeming ease,” said Berman in a statement.
“Joining The Jackal Group not only reunites me with my friend Gail, who inspires creators to infuse great projects with the innovation and commercial appeal this market needs, but also allows me to fully blend my creative pursuits with the operational and marketing experience that will help this business grow,” Earley said also in a statement.
Prior to joining The Jackal Group, Earley served as chief operating officer for Fox Television Group, overseeing marketing and communications, digital, research, talent relations, scheduling and audience strategy for the network, working with 20th Century Fox Television’s development, production, business affairs, marketing and finance leads and overseeing publicity and talent relations at the studio. While there, he also was co-chairman of the board of PromaxBDA.
Before that, Earley was COO of Fox Broadcasting Company, moving into that role from being Fox’s president of marketing and communications. Earley started at Fox as a senior publicist in 1994.
Earley started his career with Gale Anne Hurd, now one of the executive producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead. He also spent several years in media relations at HBO. He graduated from UCLA with a bachelor of arts in mass communications.
The Jackal Group currently has the comedy series Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and Easiest Game Show Ever on the air at Fox and Pop, respectively. The company is also currently in pre-production on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the television two-hour event set to air in fall 2016 on Fox starring Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan.
In development, The Jackal Group has Horrorstör based on Grady Hendrix’s novel of the same name, which received a put pilot commitment from Fox; and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up adapted from Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, set up at NBC. The company also is currently developing several feature films.