April 9, 2018
New Amazon Studios CEO Jennifer Salke April 9 announced division management changes, including expanding COO Albert Cheng’s responsibilities to include co-head of television development.
Prior to Salke’s arrival from NBC Universal, Cheng had been interim boss of Amazon Studios following the departure of Roy Price after allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
“I’m delighted that an opportunity for Albert to be elevated within the Television Studios has been created,” Salke said in a statement. “His business acumen, collaborative nature and clear goals toward continued success make him an invaluable team player as we move forward.”
Cheng’s co-head reportedly will be named in the coming months.
Meanwhile, former Fox TV executive Sharon Tal Yguado was named head of drama after filling to oversee scripted TV programing after Price and Joe Lewis’ departures.
Marc Resteghini was named head of drama, with former department boss Nick Hall named head of alternative programing. Georgia Brown, director of original TV programing in Europe, was named head of U.K.-original scripted television – reporting to Brad Beale.
Heather Schuster and Melissa Wolfe remain in charge of unscripted and kids programing, respectively. Ryan Andolina and Gina Kwon remain jointly in charge of comedy.