Jennifer Salke will be sticking around NBC. The executive has renewed the entertainment president’s contract, an NBC representative told TheWrap.
The network spokesperson did not say how many more years Salke has signed on for. Her contract would’ve been up by the end of the year.
With the renewal, Salke will continue to head NBC’s primetime and daytime programming, which includes all drama and comedy development, current programming, and casting for the network. She will continue to report to entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, who sent the following memo to staff Tuesday:
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.
Please join me in congratulating her.
With the help of “The Voice,” Sunday Night Football and by ushering in hits like “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire” and its spinoff “Chicago PD,” Salke is credited with helping to lead the network from last place to first in ratings among the broadcast channels and holding that place through 2014.
Salke has also been instrumental in bringing minis and limited series to the network. She also oversees scripted series for Universal Television, the production arm of NBC Universal TV.
Before joining in July 2011, the executive had previously served as 20th Century Fox Television’s executive vice president of creative affairs, a position she held since 2006. During her tenure at Fox, Salke was instrumental in developing the hit series “Glee” and “Modern Family.”
Greenblatt and Salke first worked together in the early 1990s on series such as “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place.” At the time, Salke was employed by Aaron Spelling Productions, while Greenblatt was working for Fox Broadcasting Company.
Following her tenure at Spelling, Salke moved on to Somy Pictures Television in 2001, as head of drama development. Following that, she began at 20th Century Fox Television in 2006, beginning her career there as senior vice president of drama development.