Salke’s new deal, which is believed to run three years, had been expected. The former 20th Century Fox TV exec weathered a rocky first year on the job at NBC to become well regarded within the network and NBCUniversal as a creative leader and manager.
Salke also has a very close working relationship with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, whose deal with the Peacock runs through 2017. Salke’s previous three-year contract was to expire in June.
In addition to spearheading scripted programming and development for NBC, Salke oversees the Universal Television studio arm, which has expanded its operations during the past two years in a push to produce shows for non-NBCU outlets.
In a memo sent Tuesday morning to NBC staffers, Greenblatt wrote:
“I’m pleased to share the news that we’ve renewed Jennifer Salke as president of NBC Entertainment. I know she’s committed to her incredibly hard-working staff and is as dedicated as anyone here to making sure we maintain our strong leadership position among the broadcast networks. We all know the many challenges in front of us, and I’m very happy she will continue to lead the charge on the scripted front — and I know all of our producers and writers, such as Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett, feel the same way.”