Sue Naegle stepping down as HBO's president of entertainment

HBO executive Sue Naegle

Sue Naegle, president of HBO Entertainment, is leaving the company. (John Russo / HBO / April 9, 2008)

Sue Naegle knows when to leave a party.

The president of entertainment for HBO, which won 27 Emmy Awards Sunday night, is exiting the pay-TV juggernaut after five years.

Naegle, who reported to Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, will get a first-look deal at the network for a new production company she is setting up. Her role at HBO is not expected to be filled.

HBO is not commenting on Naegle's departure, but an associate close to her with knowledge of the matter, who was not authorized to comment publicly, confirmed her exit.

Naegle joined HBO from United Talent Agency, where she was a partner. Her hiring was noteworthy at the time because HBO has a long track record of promoting from within and rarely looks outside of its own offices to fill senior roles.

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