Amazon Names NBC Entertainment Boss Jennifer Salke to Head Studio Operations

Amazon has appointed Jennifer Salke president of Amazon Studios, replacing Roy Price, who resigned last year following sexual harassment allegations.

Salke, who headed NBC Universal since 2011, was responsible for development of current programming, casting, and diversity programming initiatives at NBC, in addition to Universal Television operations, which included parallel divisions of development, programming and casting.

Last month, she added oversight of business affairs and production for scripted programming to her purview.

Salke’s resume includes helping launch “This Is Us,” which earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series – the first broadcast show to earn a nom in that category since 2011.

She has also been instrumental behind Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise as well as dramas, “Shades of Blue” and “The Blacklist.”

Calling her departure from NBC “bittersweet,” Salke said she looked forward to being on the front lines of an “innovative business” going forward.

“I am both honored and emboldened by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary business,” Salke said in a statement.

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