Jennifer Salke has been named president of NBC Entertainment, NBC announced on Wednesday.
Salke had previously served as 20th Century Fox Television's executive vice president of creative affairs, a position she had held since 2006. During her tenure at Fox, Salke was instrumental in developing the hit series "Glee" and "Modern Family."
Salke will report directly to NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and will be responsible for both primetime and daytime programming. NBC Entertainment's drama development, comedy development, current programming and casting departments will all report to Salke.
Greenblatt called Salke's hire "truly a significant moment for NBC as we continue to rebuild the network from top to bottom and put together the best possible team," adding that Salke's Fox tenure "unmatched."
Salke said of her new position, "I've known Bob well for many years and have admired him both professionally and personally. I believe together, we will foster a creative and successful environment at NBC. This is an incredible opportunity and one I look forward to with great passion and excitement."
She also acknowledged her deep ties at Fox TV, noting, "(Chairmen) Dana (Walden) and Gary (Newman) have been incredible bosses, mentors, and friends for nearly 10 years."
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.
It's nice to get another woman in a high position within television, especially NBC as I feel like it's constantly re-building. Let's hope this turns out well!