NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios has lastly discovered a alternative for Roy Price after the chief stepped down in mid-October over sexual harassment claims. Jennifer Salke will likely be filling within the prime spot on the on-line studio after serving for six years as NBC’s Entertainment President.
“We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Salke will be joining us as the Head of Amazon Studios,” Amazon stated in a press release offered to TechCrunch. “Jen brings with her a long and impressive track record in the entertainment industry — and we are excited to have her join Amazon.”
Salke steps in at a very tumultuous time for the Studio. While Amazon’s had its share of crucial darlings together with Transparent and the brand new sequence, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the service primarily cleaned home after Price’s exit, placing the kibosh on One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, a comedy car for 90s motion star Jean-Claude Van Damme that had solely lately launched.
At the time, the service was reportedly making a shift towards extra mainstream fare underneath marching orders from Jeff Bezos, relatively than the award fodder the corporate had beforehand centered on. Hiring a prime government from a NBC actually seems to substantiate that course. Though Salke additionally fostered some crucial darlings throughout her time, together with, notably, The Good Place and perennial tear-jerker, This Is Us.
Salke’s new position finds her reporting to Amazon SVP Jeff Blackburn. “What stood out about Jen was the deep relationships she has nurtured with creators and talent over her career, spanning NBCU, Twentieth Century Fox, and Aaron Spelling Productions,” Blackburn says within the assertion. “She’s built an impeccable reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.”
As the head of the studio, Salke will likely be tasked with overseeing each scripted sequence and movie initiatives for Amazon.
“I’m incredibly excited about the future at Amazon Studios. In the studio’s relatively short existence they have innovated, disrupted, and created characters that are already an indelible part of pop-culture,” Salke says, “NBC has been an amazing home – creatively, professionally and personally – and I leave there knowing that the work we did had groundbreaking impact.”
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