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Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
New Amazon Studios boss has a reputation for developing TV shows that are popular and critically acclaimed
Jennifer Salke, who has served as NBC Entertainment president since 2011, is responsible for successful shows like The Good Place and This Is Us. But before that, she had a hand in shows like Glee, Modern Family and Bones. In other words, she makes shows that viewers and TV critics like to watch.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 3:08PM EST
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke is named the new leader of Amazon Studios, replacing the ousted Roy Price
The long search for Price’s replacement following his sexual harassment scandal is over. In naming her to lead Amazon's programming, Amazon touted Salke as “a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.” Salke, meanwhile, says of her new job: “In the studio’s relatively short existence they have innovated, disrupted, and created characters that are already an indelible part of pop-culture. I am both honored and emboldened by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary business.”
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Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Chrissy Metz beat out a “Hollywood overweight person” to land her This Is Us role
The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes of the NBC hit, finding that Metz and the actress she was up against “represented different ideas of what passes for heavy on television — and dramatically different directions for the show.” "The other actress was a sort of 'Hollywood overweight person,'" says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, "struggling with losing, maybe, 20 pounds." But Salke decided that Metz could bring authenticity to the role. Before This Is Us, Metz was a struggling actress, whose biggest credit was “the fat lady" on American Horror Story: Freak Show. So Metz was desperate to play Kate: ”Here was this woman who was actually dealing with weight. Not like, 'Oh my God, I gained a pound,'" she says. "She was a real woman who was really struggling, and all I could think was, 'Oh my God, I'm Kate.’” PLUS: This Is Us creator initially found Milo Ventimiglia too good-looking for the part, the show benefits from its diverse writers’ room, and Mandy Moore says “Milo is No. 1 on the call sheet — he isn’t going anywhere.”
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:23PM EDT
NBC has given up on its Xena: Warrior Princess reboot
“Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot," NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I'd never say never on that one because it's such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead."