Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has enlisted HBO alum Sue Naegle to launch a television division for the film production and finance company behind such features as “Sausage Party” and the upcoming “20th Century Women.”
Naegle will serve as president of the division, which marks the continued expansion of Annapurna’s operations. The company recently formed a unit to produce VR programming.
“I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Sue Naegle,” Ellison said. “She has such a passion and understanding of this medium, and has truly approached it from every angle. As I’ve gotten to know Sue, not only is she brilliant with an astonishing expertise both creatively and for the business, but also, she’s an incredible person to invite into this close-knit group of individuals over here at Annapurna. Her track record speaks for itself and her values could not be more aligned with our goals as a company.”
Naegle comes to Annapurna after three years at the helm of her Naegle Ink production shingle. She will bring a handful of Naegle Ink projects with her to Annapurna along with executives Kit Giordano and Ali Krug. Giordana will serve as senior VP and Krug as VP. Annapurna already been developing a project revolving around Hollywood icons Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich for Epix, written by Angela Robinson and Alex Kondrake.
Naegle most recently has been an exec producer on the Cinemax drama series “Outcast.” From 2008 to 2013 Naegle served as president of entertainment for HBO. She’s a respected development exec who helped shepherd the launch of such series as “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “True Blood,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Treme,” “Enlightened” and “Girls.” Before HBO, Naegle was a top TV agent at UTA.
“Annapurna is a company that has been unwavering in their commitment to building distinctive and bold programming in a time of unprecedented production,” Naegle said. “Whether I’ve been an agent, network president or producer, defending and nurturing innovative, compelling narratives and aesthetic excellence has been my mission and privilege. I’m so thrilled to find partners like Megan and her incredible team that share the same core philosophy, and I hope that this alliance will yield indelible television shows that reflect and challenge our culture.”