17th Annual Signature Fundraising Event
Taste for a Cure
Friday, April 20, 2012
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
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2012 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award Recipient
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.
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.
Salke left Twentieth Century Fox at a very prolific time after the studio had sold a number of highly anticipated new shows, including comedies "New Girl" to Fox and "Apartment 23" and Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" to ABC, as well as the ground-breaking series "Terra Nova" to Fox. She was also involved in the development of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" pilot for FX.
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.
After nearly a decade at Spelling, she was named head of Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television in 2001, a short-lived stint that ended prematurely when Sony temporarily shut down the studio and re-configured operations.
Salke and her husband Bert, who is President of Fox21, reside in Los Angeles and have three children: 10-year-old twins Kate and Georgia and 12-year-old Henry.
Salke and her son, Henry, were recently honored by Operation Smile with the non-profit organization's Founders Circle Award for their efforts to help children and young adults born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates. Henry was born with a cleft lip and the two have spearheaded efforts to help raise funding for Operation Smile.
Salke also sits on the Los Angeles host committee for Girls Inc., and in 2009 was honored by the national charity for her work to help young women in Hollywood.