Annapurna has promoted Sue Naegle to chief content officer of Annapurna, where she will expand her role as president of the Megan Ellison company’s television division to oversee development and production the film slate. She will also have the company’s Theatre division in here purview and will manage the cross-platform pollination of Annapurna Interactive’s IP.
Naegle will report to Ellison. Annapurna said it plans to produce and acquire between 3-5 features a year for theatrical distribution and streaming platforms.
Annapurna currently is in the Oscar hunt with 11 total noms yesterday for Adam McKay’s Vice and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. Recent pics included Karyn Kusama’s Nicole Kidman-starrer Destroyer.
Annnapurna also said Wednesday that Ivana Lombardi has assumed the role of President of Film. She will also work closely with longtime Annapurna executive Jillian Longnecker, who has been promoted to President of Physical Production. Lombardi joined Annapurna as EVP Development early last year coming over from Chernin Entertainment.
These are the exec moves expected after former head of film production Chelsea Bernard exited the company last fall. Sources close to the company said at the time Ellison was to take a greater hand in the oversee of production.
Bernard’s exit came two four months after Annapurna president Marc Weinstock departed. The hire of Naegle, the onetime president of HBO Entertainment who joined Ellison’s team in 2017, and the other promotions today, are expected to solidify the film side.
“Annapurna has always been a company with an allegiance to ambitious content and its commitment to artists across all platforms,” said Naegle in a release announcing her promotion. “I find it a privilege to shepherd the diversity of storytelling that this company produces and to work alongside Megan to help continue her inspiring vision.”
Said Ellison: “I could not be more thrilled for this next chapter of Annapurna. I am very confident about our future, especially with Sue’s expanded leadership. I believe this new team of incredible women including Ivana Lombardi and Jillian Longnecker is a strong one, and one with impeccable taste and relationships. Their deep love for filmmaking is one that I share, and I am excited to be working alongside them to preserve the mission of this company and bring forth synergy across all of our divisions.”
The moves come after Annapurna solidified its TV division’s senior executive team last week under Naegle. The company brought in former Amazon executive Patrick Chu as SVP Development and has promoted Ali Krug to SVP Development from her previous VP role. Chu and Krug are now working alongside Susan Goldberg, the division’s SVP Television.