Jennifer Salke was named President of NBC Entertainment in July 2011. She reports to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
Salke is responsible for NBC’s primetime and daytime programming, which includes all drama and comedy development, current programming, and casting for the network.
NBC has won the last two primetime seasons in adults 18-49 after having gone the prior 10 years without a #1 finish. In total viewers, the past two seasons have seen NBC rank #2, marking the first two times the network has finished higher than #4 since 2003-04.
This fall, NBC’s Monday night series “Blindspot” has premiered as the #1 new show of the season.
For the 2013-14 season, NBC launched “The Blacklist,” which ranked as the season’s No. 1 new series and No. 1 drama on the broadcast networks counting originals only, while setting broadcast records in live-plus-3 viewing. In addition to “The Blacklist,” other successful scripted series launched under Salke’s regime include “Chicago Fire” and spinoff “Chicago P.D.,” which are in their fourth and third seasons, respectively.
Salke also oversees the network’s rededication to movies and miniseries, as well as longform programming acquisitions. In addition, she has oversight of scripted series for Universal Television.
Prior to joining NBC Entertainment, Salke served as Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs at Twentieth Century Fox Television, a post she held since 2006. During her tenure with Twentieth Century Fox, the studio enjoyed an incredible run, highlighted by her development and championing of the hit series “Glee” and “Modern Family” in one season.
In 2002, Salke joined Twentieth Century Fox as Senior Vice President of Drama Development, where she was instrumental in the creation of several hits, including the long-running “Bones” and “Prison Break.” She began her career at Aaron Spelling Productions in the early 1990s, where she first worked with Greenblatt (who was then at Fox) on such seminal series as the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place,” among the many other series Spelling produced at that time.
Salke and her husband, Bert, who is President of Fox 21 Television Studios, reside in Los Angeles and have three children: twin daughters Kate and Georgia, and son Henry.