Amazon Hires NBC Exec Behind ‘This Is Us’ to Oversee Its Studio
Amazon has hired Jennifer Salke, one of the top programming executives in the TV business, to run its in-house film and TV studio in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations against her male predecessor.
Salke has spent the past seven years as president of entertainment at NBC, where she has put hit series “This Is Us,” “Chicago Med” and “The Blacklist” on the air. The Los Angeles native also ran the Universal Television studio, overseeing the development of “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Both of those shows appear on Netflix, Amazon’s rival for streaming customers.
Amazon has spent months searching for a media executive who could overhaul the programming strategy at its studio, which has churned out critically lauded movies and shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” but has yet to release a bonafide hit. The company spent more than $4 billion on video programming in 2017, according to analyst forecasts, less than Netflix but more than other technology giants.
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