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The new head executive of Amazon Studios has finally been announced after Roy Price, the previous chief of the film and TV production division, had stepped down last October days after he was accused publicly of sexual harassment. Today, Jennifer Salke, the NBC Entertainment president, was named as the replacement of Price and is said to stay at the network until her transition into her new position as the head of the Amazon Studios.
Amazon picked Salke from a pool of female executives; The company had deliberately concentrated on considering accomplished women for the top position of the company in the wake of the departure of Price. The said decision will end a difficult chapter for the studio as news surfaced last August that the company was investigating Price after Isa Hackett, a TV producer, reported that he had made inappropriate and explicit remarks while both were promoting the show of Amazon, The Man In The High Castle, at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.However, it was not until Hackett provided details of the encounter during an interview last October that Amazon took action quickly.
As reported by Deadline, various film executives such as Amy Pascal, the former head of Sony, were also considered. However, Amazon Studios ended up favouring candidates that have experience in television. The decision better fits the ambition of the division to greatly expand its TV content lineup to its rival Netflix. Salke developed various hit shows over her career, which includes This Is Us and the Chicago franchise at NBC, while she supervised the development of Modern Family and Glee during her previous tenure at 20th Century Fox TV.