Amazon Studios Names Vernon Sanders Co-Head of TV

NBC alum joins Albert Cheng in the shared role and will report to Jen Salke

Last Updated: May 21, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

Vernon Sanders is joining Amazon Studios — and Albert Cheng — as its new co-head of Television. Overseeing the creative and production units of the streaming studio’s television operations with Cheng, Saunders will report to Jen Salke, the head of Amazon Studios.

“I’m thrilled to announce Vernon Sanders’ appointment to Co-Head of Television for Amazon Studios,” Salke said in a Monday statement. “Vernon’s undeniable expertise in nurturing talent and creative material will be a huge asset to our studio. Having worked side-by-side with him for seven years at NBC Entertainment, I can speak first-hand to his talents as a leader and creative force. I know Vernon and Albert Cheng will be a formidable team as we continue to build Amazon Studios.”

“I am tremendously excited to be joining Jennifer Salke, Albert Cheng and the forward-thinking team at Amazon Studios as they build an incredible destination for high-quality, compelling content,” Sanders added. “My time as a producer has reaffirmed my passion for working closely with creators to champion shows which delight and surprise our audiences. I’m grateful to my family at NBCU for their support as I jump into this new challenge.”

Industry-veteran Sanders most recently had an overall producing deal with Universal Television. Previously, he managed NBCs the scripted slate for many years, where he oversaw shows like “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Friday Night Lights” and “This Is Us.”

Sanders’ new boss Salke succeeded Roy Price in the top job after he resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal. Like Sanders, Salke also comes to Amazon from NBC.