HBO named Sue Naegle as president of HBO Entertainment, in a bid to give the channel an overhaul after a lackluster year of programming.
Sue Naegle, 38, a top TV agent at United Talent Agency, will take over the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner original series department later this month. She replaces longtime HBO programming chief Carolyn Strauss, who stepped down last month.
Naegle was instrumental in helping bring HBO's last big commercial hit, Six Feet Under, to television, as well as broadcasting True Blood, Men in Trees, The Bernie Mac Show, Aliens in America> and Swingtown.
We just think it's a perfect fit, said HBO co-president Richard Plepler and programming and West Coast operations president Michael Lombardo in a statement.
Sue has great taste, superb relationships in the creative community and an innate sense of what makes a great HBO show. We are thrilled to welcome her into the family.
Although the hype around the networks' shows is down, HBO has maintained its subscriber base,
which generates a profit that is predicted to exceed $1 billion annually. Its subscriber base climbed slightly to 28.9 million last year, nearly twice as large as rivals Starz and Showtime, according to SNL Kagan research firm.
Naegle already has a list of potential new dramasto consider; Last of the Ninth, about corruption in the 1970s New York police department, Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl (from Sex and the City's Darren Star); and Suburban Shootout, about a woman caught between rival gangs of homicidal housewives.