Annapurna Pictures has tapped former HBO Entertainment President Sue Naegle to head a new TV production arm, the company announced on Tuesday.
The executive will be joined by Kit Giordano and Ali Krug of her own TV and film production company Naegle Ink. Giordano and Krug will serve as senior vice president and vice president, respectively.
Projects which are currently in development at Naegle Ink will transition to Annapurna, including a series in development for Epix, written by Angela Robinson and Alex Kondrake, about the intersecting lives of Hollywood icons and rivals Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.
“We are thrilled to further expand our television business and continue our commitment to all forms of storytelling,” Annapurna Founder Megan Ellison said in a statement. “I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Sue Naegle. 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,” Ellison continued. “Her track record speaks for itself and her values could not be more aligned with our goals as a company.”
Naegle previously served as president of HBO Entertainment for five years before stepping down in 2013.
“I am so excited to join Annapurna and help spearhead the exciting future of Annapurna Television. Annapurna is a company that has been unwavering in their commitment to building distinctive and bold programming in a time of unprecedented production.” said Naegle. “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.”
Here's Where 14 Moguls Kicked Back This Summer, From Jay-Z to Harvey Weinstein (Photos)
Moguls on a Boat 2016 is here.
A humid August fog rumbles through Los Angeles, but for Hollywood machers, media giants and other thought leaders who shape the entertainment industry, it's time to kick back.
Earnings are in and surf's up for everyone from studio heads (Harvey Weinstein), music touring blockbusters (Beyonce Knowles) to powerful COO's (Ciao, Sheryl Sandberg!)
WHO: Beyonce and Jay-Z
WHERE: Yachting in Nice, France, and Nerano, Italy
STATUS: If chilling on floating palaces in the south of France and various parts of the Mediterranean seems extravagant, don't worry -- Beyonce is there for work. The singer and her mogul husband, Jay-Z, have been squeezing mini-breaks in between stops on her Formation World Tour -- which raked in over $123 million for its first of four legs. Her much-discussed visual album "Lemonade" is up for four Emmy awards, so she may step out of the sun and head back to L.A. for work come September.
STATUS: Of all the moguls in our ranks, the Viacom CEO is perhaps the most in need of a holiday. The embattled executive is fighting for his job at his midtown Manhattan headquarters, while shuttling back and forth to his longtime home in East Hampton (a chauffeured SUV ride away from preferred haunts like the famous Italian eatery Nick and Toni's). Dauman has a September 19 trial date in Massachusetts, where a judge will parse his accusations that boss Sumner Redstone is not competent, and under the undue influence of daughter Shari Redstone.
STATUS: Sandberg is no stranger to elite-status multitasking, which is why her vacation spot comes as no surprise. The best-selling author of "Lean In" is using her downtime to see some natural beauty and get in a bit of cardio, biking through the Italian Alps (glimpses of which were shared on Instagram). Once home, she'll get to work on another book -- on the topic of resilience in the face of her late husband's untimely death.
STATUS: The Sony Entertainment CEO's jaunt to the East Coast haven coincided with President Obama and the First Family's annual visit. Lynton's studio division is sixth place in market share for 2016 so far. Upcoming releases include the anticipated releases "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" and the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt space romance "Passengers." Sony's music division, also under his purview, purchased back 50 percent of the Sony-ATV music catalog, previously owned by the Michael Jackson estate, which is expected to earn big in publishing royalties.
STATUS: Some might argue that life is a vacation for Oprah Winfrey, thanks to the magnate's trademark air of serenity. Don't let that fool you into thinking she's ever really resting -- even on holiday hiking Colorado's Rocky Mountains, she's plugging her various original programs on the OWN Network. This fall she'll step in front of the camera again as an actress, in Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" and the HBO original movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
STATUS: Weinstein, along with his wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, is stretching out in his seven-bedroom home in Amagansett (not far from a rental pad the Clintons have used on and off for years). TWC has had a lean year, but Harvey's got an awards hopeful in his pocket with December's Michael Keaton drama "The Founder," and is about to head to one of his native spaces -- the Toronto Film Festival, in September.
STATUS: Mogul and legendary music manager Irving Azoff eschewed the confines of the Mallorca, Spain (where he spent last year on a boat with Revlon billionaire Ron Perelman) in favor of a domestic hang. He visited the Idaho hidden gem Coeur d'Alene, which Barbara Walters once called "a little slice of heaven." Azoff continues to manage legends like The Eagles, comedy giants like Chelsea Handler and his growing publishing shop Global Music Rights.
STATUS: While he might not be a household name, investor Roman Abramovich (and his reported $7.8 billion net worth) is accustomed to annually inviting a prominent Hollywood type out on his mega-yacht each summer season. This year, it's actress Kate Hudson and her brood of boys. The luxury liner features two swimming pools, a beauty salon, conference rooms for the occasional meeting and a helipad. Abramovich's wife is art collector and publisher Dasha Zhukova.
STATUS: Kavanaugh is on the rebound after the cruel summer of 2015, when his Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy. After shaving off a remarkable amount of creditor debt, the doting new dad emerges with Relativity Studios -- now under the creative leadership of Kevin Spacey's business partner Dana Brunetti. After he washes off the sand from his Point Dune spread in Malibu, Kavanaugh will prepare to release his first film in over two years: the Kate Beckinsale drama "The Disappointments Room," which opens wide Sept 9.
STATUS: Excuse us while we resist the "Empire" metaphors, but longtime Hollywood super-producer Grazer is aboard media mogul Geffen's 454-foot skiff Rising Sun, which sleeps 16 comfortably in eight state cabins. Grazer continues to deliver Fox sizable ratings as "Empire" ages gracefully, while also overseeing Sony's major investment in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower."
STATUS: The host and reality TV creator celebrated the end of his first year on his renewed deal with iHeartMedia, which reportedly paid him over $25 million for a three-year term. In a departure from the yachting he did last year with Chris Hemsworth, Seacrest hit the Norwegian fjords, the gorgeous natural formations that result when a glacier dries up. His other side gigs haven't necessarily been a grind -- NBCUniversal sent him to Rio to cover human interest around the 2016 Summer Olympics. His eponymous production company continues to produce E! reality staple "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," and NBC's scripted Jennifer Lopez series "Shades of Blue."