Last month, HBO hired actress Valerie Cruz to star as the first Latina vampire on True Blood, and now the network has cast a Latina in an even bigger role. HBO President Sue Naegle has tapped former ABC Television executive Jocelyn Diaz to join the cable network's development team as the new vice president of drama. Diaz will be in charge of developing and producing drama projects for HBO, reports Variety.
The position is the perfect fit for Diaz, who specializes in drama development. Previously, she served as the VP of primetime drama series and development for ABC, where she worked on several hit shows, including Ugly Betty, Lost and Pushing Daisies. She began her career as a literary agent at International Creative Management.
Naegle had this to say about Diaz in a statement: “Jocelyn’s approach to development is one that works to preserve and support the writers' vision. She has excellent relationships in the creative community and is a great fit for HBO’s commitment to unique and innovative programming.”
I love seeing a successful, well-respected Latina in such a powerful role at a leading television network. And we can all hope hope Diaz will bring some much-needed Latin flavor (and stars) to the not-so-Latin-friendly cable network.