Another powerful talent agent in Hollywood has grabbed a coveted executive job in television. Sue Naegle, a partner at United Talent Agency, has been named president of HBO Entertainment, succeeding longtime exec Carolyn Strauss, who stepped down last month. Naegle was co-head of UTA’s TV department, where she represented Emmy-winning writers like Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and packaged TV series such as Men in Trees, The Bernie Mac Show, Aliens in America, and the upcoming HBO series True Blood. She began her career at UTA 16 years ago in the mailroom and became an agent in 1994.
The last former agent to score a top spot in TV was NBC’s Ben Silverman, who began his career at the William Morris Agency (and later, as a independent TV producer) before taking the entertainment job at NBC last year. And Chris Albrecht, HBO’s previous president before Strauss, hailed from International Creative Management agency.