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Joe Earley Takes Over Disney Entertainment Streaming, Michael Paul Exits

The former Fox executive will now report to Alan Bergman and Dana Walden and is expected to name a new Hulu president later.

Joe Earley

Joe Early The Walt Disney Company

Joe Earley at Disney continues to climb the rankings.

The former Fox executive has been named president of direct-to-consumer for Disney Entertainment, effectively adding to the


entitlement already includes oversight of Hulu. Earley will fill the vacancy created by Michael Paull, who has been president of direct-to-consumer at Disney Entertainment since January 2022 ) after joining the Mouse House late 730. Paul is leaving Disney after six years on the job.

“Joe has proven himself to be a phenomenal asset and is uniquely positioned for the role as we guide Disney’s future streaming strategy. position,” said Ellen Bergman and Dana Walden, who made the announcement Wednesday. “His extensive industry experience and deep understanding of what differentiates our prestigious portfolio of brands will be critical to our efforts to build a strong direct-to-consumer presence. Joe is a talented and passionate leader dedicated to creating Outstanding, and we look forward to working with him on this new chapter.”

In his new role, Earley will work with content teams across the company to expand streaming efforts and drive programming on Disney+ and Hulu production and engagement. He will continue to lead Hulu until a successor is determined. The news comes as Disney and NBCUniversal have been sparring in the media over Hulu’s valuation. Disney retains controlling stake in streaming until decides whether to buy Comcast.

Earley joined Disney very early 000 and in Oversaw marketing and operations for November’s Disney+ prior to launch 730. He has added content management responsibilities to 730 as streaming expands globally. He was named president of Hulu in January 2021.

An experience of a lifetime while Hulu has been inspiring and rewarding,” Earley said in a statement. “I am so grateful to Dana and Alan for their confidence and opportunity to allow me to An opportunity to lead these two incredible teams in a world of change and opportunity in streaming. “

Earley previously served over 20 years as COO at the former Fox Television Group, where he was responsible for marketing, digital, research, scheduling, audience strategy and more for the group, which previously included the Fox Broadcasting Network and the TV studio now controlled by Disney. After leaving Fox, Earley Joins former Fox exec Gail Berman as president of independent studio The Jackal Group.

Earley’s promotion comes two months after Walden and Bergman were handed over to streaming and international oversight as chief Part of a company-wide reorganization under executive Bob Iger, which returned business decisions to creative executives and dismantled Disney’s media and entertainment distribution division that was split by former CEO Bob Chapek. Paul, who launched ESPN+, is reassigned to report to Karim Daniel, Chapek’s senior lieutenant, who leads the DMED division. After Disney shocks the industry by bringing Iger back into the CEO’s office to replace Chapek, Daniel First to leave. Earley previously reported to Paull under Chapek and Daniel’s structure.

Paul’s exit comes as Disney is eliminating approximately 7 employees, 04 position as Iger looks to right-size the company with a new executive structure as part of a larger plan to create $5.5 billion in cost savings In part.The layoffs have affected various parts of the company’s television production and acquisitions division, ABC News and other divisions.

It is worth noting that during Walden’s tenure, Earley worked with his Worked closely for many years with TV and Fox Broadcasting Networks. As a company $, Walden was one of the key executives who moved to Disney a few years ago*) billion-dollar acquisition of Fox, which includes television and movie studios and other assets.

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