20th TV's Jennifer Salke Not Headed to NBC -- Yet
Sources say the executive has a year left on her contract and will remain in her current position for at least that long.
Despite widespread speculation that Fox television executive Jennifer Salke is poised to take a top job at NBC, sources say she has a year left on her contract and will remain in her current position for at least that long.
Salke had been posited as a replacement for Angela Bromstad, now NBC president of primetime entertainment. It's possible that Robert Greenblatt, widely expected to take the reins at NBC, will wait for Salke to become available. Though some industry executives expect a shake-up, Greenblatt could hold off on big changes, at least for a while. He and Bromstad met 22 years ago, when both started out at Telepictures, and they are said to be on very friendly terms. A Fox source suggests it's also possible that the rumors will help Salke if she chooses to renegotiate her deal at Fox.
Salke's first major job was a stint as vp series development at Spelling Entertainment, where she developed the WB hits Charmed and 7th Heaven. She later moved to Columbia TriStar, where she developed another WB mainstay, Everwood.
She joined 20th Century Fox TV in 2002 as senior vp drama and rose steadily through the ranks. She is now executive vp creative affairs -- the top creative position under co-chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, overseeing development of comedy and drama projects.
At 20th, she developed Fox's Prison Break and Bones, as well as The Unit for CBS. Last year, Salke told THR the studio's latest crop of comedies represented the first time she's had her own comedy lineup. From that batch came Fox's Glee and ABC's Modern Family, the two most successful and critically acclaimed new comedy titles last year. Both freshman shows were nominated for the best comedy series Emmy (Modern Family won).
Salke is married to Bert Salke, president of Fox21, the cable/unscripted production arm of 20th Century Fox TV. He is a close friend of Greenblatt's.
As for Bromstad, she's been called "NBC's survivor" in the press.
She was president of the network's production studio in 2007 when an executive shake-up resulted in Bromstad getting exiled to London. Two years and no hits later, chief executive Jeff Zucker called Bromstad back to Los Angeles to run series development. Her biggest success has been Parenthood, which is in its second season and performs decently on Tuesday nights.
This season, India-set comedy Outsourced has performed the best among NBC's new shows, benefiting from a time slot after The Office. Others are fairing modestly, with tentpole drama The Event showing worrisome ratings slippage, Undercovers recently canceled and action drama Chase potentially next on the chopping block.