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After a long search process that captivated Hollywood insiders, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has been named head of Amazon Studios.
Salke will oversee all television and film production for the digital behemoth’s entertainment arm, reporting to Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s senior VP of business development and digital entertainment. She fills the leadership void that opened in early November when longtime Amazon Studios head Roy Price was forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.
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“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,” said Blackburn. “She’s built an impeccable reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.”
Amazon COO Albert Cheng, who has overseen the studio since Price’s ouster, will report to Salke. Amazon Studios film boss Jason Ropell and Brad Beale, VP of content acquisition, also report to Salke. Those four executives will work together in the coming months to sort out a more detailed management hierarchy for the studio division of the company that has an astounding $623.9 billion market cap.
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Salke comes to Amazon after spending the past six years as entertainment president at NBC, where she helped bring the Peacock out of its long ratings slump with shows such as “This Is Us” and Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” trilogy of procedural dramas. The timing of her start at Amazon is still not clear as Salke plans to remain at NBC during a transition period. NBC expects to name a successor — sure to come from within its ranks — in a matter of days.
“I’m incredibly excited about the future at Amazon Studios,” Salke said. “In the studio’s relatively short existence they have innovated, disrupted, and created characters that are already an indelible part of pop-culture. I am both honored and emboldened...
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