Matt Rice named UTA television head


RELATED: Sue Naegle named HBO Ent. president

CORRECTED 8:44 p.m. PT April 9, 2008

UTA partner Matt Rice has been named head of the agency's television department.

The appointment follows the departure of UTA partner and co-head of the TV department Sue Naegle, who has been tapped as HBO Entertainment president.

"Sue has been my best friend for 15 years and my partner in crime for the past 10 years," said UTA Board member Jay Sures, who ran the agency's TV department with Naegle. "We are all sad that she is leaving, but this was such a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity that we fully supported her decision."

In his new position, Rice will oversee UTA's TV literary and talent operations.

UTA partner Michael Camacho will continue to oversee the alternative television department. Both report to UTA's Board of Directors.

"Matt has emerged as a major player in the television business: he is well respected by his colleagues, clients, buyers, by the taste-makers and the decision-makers in the business," Sures said.

Rice joined UTA as a partner in 2002 from the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann agency, where he had been a television literary agent for six years.

Rice's promotion also comes on the heels of the elevation of longtime TV lit agents Larry Salz and Dan Erlijto partners.