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The search for replacement of ousted Amazon Studios head Roy Price is over, with NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke named as new head of Amazon Studios. The broadcast network is expected to announce a replacement for her shortly, with Salke expected to remain at NBC for the transition before segueing to the new job.
“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 Jeff Blackburn, SVP Business Development & Entertainment at Amazon. “She’s built an impeccable reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.”
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Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng, who had served as interim studio head since Price’s ouster, will report to Salke.
Salke was a finalist for the job. She, along with A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc, had emerged as leading candidates out of a pool of accomplished female TV and film executives who reportedly had been considered. They both met with top Amazon executives, including chairman Jeff Bezos, earlier this month. Dubuc pulled herself out of consideration yesterday.
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“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 by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary business. Of course, this is also bittersweet for me. NBC has been an amazing home – creatively, professionally and personally – and I leave there knowing that the work we did had groundbreaking impact. It’s an exciting time to be a content creator, and I look forward to being on the front lines of an innovative business with storytelling at its heart.”
From the get-go, Amazon focused primarily on female candidates following the ouster of...
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