EXCLUSIVE: Sue Naegle is leaving Annapurna after five and a half years at Megan Ellison’s film and television company, most recently as chief content officer, overseeing film as well as two divisions she was instrumental in launching, the television and theatre. Naegle’s departure would be amicable and she should focus on production, including a number of projects she has put in development at Annapurna.
Naegle will not be replaced, with several senior executives taking on her responsibilities. Film Division Co-Heads Christina Oh and Adam Paulsen and Theater Division Co-Heads Kevin Emrick and Skye Optican will continue to lead their respective divisions. The television division’s development roster will be led by Ali Krug and Patrick Chu, who were promoted from SVP Development to Co-Heads of TV in late 2021.
Krug has been a key executive in the TV division since its inception and Chu joined Amazon Studios in 2018, and the two have led development for the past two years.
Annapurna emerges from the resounding success of Hulu’s Pam and Tommy and gearing up for the launch of the company’s next HBO Max limited series The staircase. Other upcoming TV projects include Dead ringtones for Amazon, I like it for youcoming to Showtime in April and The changingcurrently in production, for Apple TV+.
Former HBO Entertainment chairman Naegle joined Annapurna Pictures in 2016 to lead the company’s foray into television with the launch of Annapurna Television. She was promoted to director of content in 2019, adding film oversight.
During his run at HBO, Naegle was instrumental in directing Emmy-winning series like Game of Thrones, Veep and Boardwalk Empire in the same way true blood, Treme, East and down, Enlightened and Girls.
She then moved into production through her Naegle Ink banner with a deal with HBO before heading to Annapurna, and Krug was one of the executives she brought with her.