Joe Earley has been named president of direct-to-consumer at Disney Entertainment and will take charge of the company’s streaming efforts, including Disney+ and Hulu.
Earley most recently served as president of Hulu. He succeeds Michael Paull, who is leaving the company after six years.
Earley reports into Alan Bergman and Dana Walden, co-chairmen of Disney Entertainment.
Earley joined Disney in January 2019 to oversee Disney+ marketing and operations in the leadup to its successful November launch that year, adding responsibility for content curation in 2021 as the service expanded to dozens of markets worldwide. He was named president of Hulu in January 2022.
“Joe has proven himself to be an extraordinary asset and is uniquely positioned for this role as we guide Disney’s streaming strategy into the future,” Bergman and Walden said. “His vast industry experience and deep understanding of what sets our prestigious portfolio of brands apart will be essential as we build on our robust direct-to-consumer efforts.”
“Helping launch Disney+ was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Hulu has been inspiring and rewarding,” said Earley. “I’m incredibly grateful to Dana and Alan for their confidence and the opportunity to lead both of these incredible teams during this time of transformation across the streaming landscape.”
Earley previously served as president of The Jackal Group, leading its television, film, commercial theatre, and digital divisions, including productions ranging from Tidying Up with Marie Kondo to the MGM animated feature film The Addams Family.
He served as a Fox executive for over two decades, including as chief operating officer for Fox Television Group.