Jennifer Salke
United States
2018

Amazon Studios

Jennifer
Salke

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After the departure of Amazon Studios head Roy Price amid sexual harassment claims, the digital giant turned to NBC Entertainment president Salke for a culture change. She helped shepherd such hits as “This Is Us” and Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” cycle. At Amazon, she inherits the $250 million “Lord of the Rings” series and the task of moving “Transparent” forward without star Jeffrey Tambor. But with Netflix producing content at a breathtaking pace and Apple joining the fray, Salke is countering with a carefully curated slate, such as a series adaptation of Pulitzer-winning “The Underground Railroad,” orders for shows by Marvel wizards the Russo brothers and “The Office” creator Greg Daniels and a first-look deal with “Get Out” director Jordan Peele.

Career

  • 20th Century Fox
  • NBC Entertainment
  • Amazon Studios

Variety Honors

  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Amazon's Jennifer Salke Defends Broadcast, Touts Upcoming Projects

Amazon's Jennifer Salke Defends Broadcast, Touts Upcoming Projects

Despite her recent career choices, Jennifer Salke is still a believer in broadcast.“I don’t think that it’s on its deathbed,” Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said at a USC summit. “I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there’s a huge audience that still comes” to broadcast.Salke noted the competition that broadcast now faces from streaming services and the bevy of other entertainment options targeting the traditional...

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