Fox 21 president Bert Salke calls his corner office the “hub” of the studio’s action. “Everything happens here, from pitches to figuring out how to fix something to just hanging out and having lunch,” he says. “The door’s always open.” A producer who transitioned into an executive role four years ago, Salke says this is the most fun he’s ever had in his life. His creatively cluttered office reflects that sensibility: “You can look around and figure out who I am: Crazed. Sarcastic. Energetic. A little manic. Very driven and fast-paced. But very funny.”
FAMILY AFFAIR: Among the many frames on his desk is a 20-year-old photo of him with his wife, Jennifer, and Bob Greenblatt, now NBC entertainment president and chairman, respectively. “Everybody’s very happy — and much skinnier,” he says. “I love the fact that we’re still close and still standing after all that time.”
TWIN SET? The first thing people notice when they walk in, he says, is the Emmy for “Homeland” on the coffee table. Given his eclectic decorating style, it’s sitting next to a plastic lime-green toy. “Anything looks good next to the Emmy,” he jokes. “But what looks best next to the Emmy would be another Emmy.”
#&$*’s THE WORD: “We like edgy television, so we are edgy people,” says Salke, by way of explanation of the Banksy sign by the door, which reads “Sorry, We’re Fucked” — a twist on the familiar “Sorry, We’re Closed” version. It was a gift from an ex-business partner, a nod to his gallows humor.
CALL HIM INDY: Another favorite gift is his bullwhip. “When I’m bored or mad, you’ll hear through the halls, SNAP, SNAP! It clears the halls really easily,” he says. “Plus, it’s a great way to motivate the staff.”