As one of Bob Greenblatt’s closest friends, 20th Century Fox Television’s EVP Jennifer Nicholson Salke had been rumored about joining him at NBC since before he even officially started at the network. I hear the deal between her and NBC is still far from being done, but it is expected to close. She would serve in an entertainment president capacity under entertainment chairman Greenblatt and may also have oversight of UMS. Nicholson Salke, who has continued to fulfill her duties at 20th TV, today is going on vacation, and many believe that she would move to NBC shortly after she comes back. I hear that behind the scenes, she has already been involved in some NBC decisions in a consulting capacity. Nicholson Salke still has another year or so on her contract at 20th TV, but I hear that the studio’s chairmen Dana Walden, who is a close friend, and Gary Newman are not expected to stand in her way. This past season, Nicholson Salke fielded two projects for the studio that Greenblatt picked up to series for next season: dramas The Playboy Club and Awake. Greenblatt has started to make changes to his executive team, including recently bringing in Sony TV’s Tal Rabinowitz as new head of comedy, with more shuffles expected over the summer when, among other things, Greenblatt’s no-poaching agreement with Showtime expires.
A respected development executive, Nicholson Salke has been at 20th TV for almost a decade. She served as head of drama, first as SVP and then as EVP, developing such series as Bones and Prison Break before being promoted in 2008 to oversee both drama and comedy development. 20th TV has been on a roll lately with hits like ABC’s Modern Family and Fox’s Glee. Before joining 20th TV, Nicholson Salke was SVP development at Columbia TriStar TV.