NBC’s Jennifer Salke Tapped To Head Amazon Studios

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke will take over as head of Amazon Studios, the streaming service said Friday.

Salke, who served as head of the network’s entertainment division since 2011, will take over operations of the burgeoning streaming service four months after former Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Salke, who while at NBC was responsible for overseeing more than 25 scripted series, including Emmy Award-winning This Is Us as well as The Blacklist and The Good Place, will inherit a burgeoning studio that’s developed several high-profile original shows, including Emmy-winning series Transparent and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which recently picked up Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for best comedy series.

Amazon COO Albert Cheng, who served as interim head of the studio, said in a tweet Friday that he’s looking forward to Amazon’s “awesome future” under Salke.

Warm welcome to Jennifer Salke as our new Head of Amazon Studios! It has been an honor and privilege to have served as interim head to a great team. Looking forward to this team's awesome future! https://t.co/l368YMLji8 via @thr

— Albert Cheng (@albert_cheng) February 9, 2018

Prior to naming Salke, Amazon reportedly had reached out to other industry executives, including A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc.

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