NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios

TechCrunch | 2/9/2018 | Brian Heater
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Amazon Studios has finally found a replacement for Roy Price after the executive stepped down in mid-October over sexual harassment claims. Jennifer Salke will be filling in the top spot at the online studio after serving for six years as NBC’s Entertainment President.

“We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Salke will be joining us as the Head of Amazon Studios,” Amazon said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “Jen brings with her a long and impressive track record in the entertainment industry — and we are excited to have her join Amazon.”

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Salke steps in at a particularly tumultuous time for the Studio. While Amazon’s had its share of critical darlings including Transparent and the new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the service essentially cleaned house after Price’s exit, putting the kibosh on One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, a comedy vehicle for 90s action star Jean-Claude Van Damme that had only recently launched.

At the time, the service was reportedly making a shift toward more mainstream fare under marching orders from Jeff Bezos, rather than...
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