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Amazon Studios Adds Jennifer Salke MGM Oversight, Chris Brearton Up – Deadline

Amazon Studios Adds Jennifer Salke MGM Oversight, Chris Brearton Up – Deadline

It’s official – Jennifer SalkeHead of Amazon Studios, will also oversee MGM, the venerable film and TV studio, which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year for $8.5 billion. Additionally, COO of MGM Chris Breyerton Will assume a new role, VP, PVS Corporate Strategy, MGM+ and MGM Alternative Television. Mike Hopkins, SVP, Prime Video and Amazon Studios, just announced internally in a memo. (You can read it under the post.)

“Jane’s outstanding reputation in the creative community has earned him the respect of Hollywood’s top talent across the industry,” Hopkins wrote. “Zane will now oversee both studios – along with distribution and all creative marketing – to be a single point of entry for creatives to showcase their content across all our platforms.”

In his new role, Chris Brearton, who has been shepherding MGM’s integration of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, will lead business planning and corporate strategy for Prime Video and Studios. He will also oversee MGM+ and MGM Alternatives.

The expansion of Salk’s responsibilities was expected, and was hinted at indirectly earlier today when one of his direct reports, head of television Vernon Sanders, unveiled the MGM Scripted TV lead which reports to him.

In his staff memo, Salke outlined the executive structure of the combined operations he oversees. Still TBD is a new head of film for MGM who will report to him.

As previously reported, Sanders will continue to run Amazon Television and will now oversee scripted MGM Television. Directed by Lindsay Sloane and scripted by Rola Bauer. Julie Rappaport will oversee the MGM film team in addition to running the AOM team. Dan Scharf will add oversight of MGM’s BA and business operations as well as casting, music and production. Sue Kroll is the newly appointed head of marketing at Amazon Studios MGM will add to his purview, and Stephen Bruno, MGM’s chief marketing officer, will now report to him. Brad Bell’s content licensing remit will now include MGM, with Chris Oettinger, MGM’s head of global distribution and acquisitions, now reporting to Bell. And Eric Loomis, United Artists Releasing’s head of theatrical distribution, will report directly to Sal.

Separately, Brearton Unveiling his senior executive team That includes Michael Wright as head of MGM+ and Brian Edwards and Barry Poznik as heads of MGM Unscripted TV.

Prime Video is coming off its biggest Amazon Studios series season 1 run to date, LOTR: Ring of Power. The platform includes other hit scripted series the boys, which gave birth to a voting rights; Jack Ryan; And Awesome Mrs Maisel. The streamer also just won a Reality Competition Emmy Award Lizzo’s Watch out for the Big Grrrls. On the film side, notable ratings are among the performers Borat And Welcome to America As well as sequels tomorrow war. The studio has several Oscar contenders on the documentary side, Good night OP And forest cat

Salke has been head of Amazon Studios since February 2018. Prior to that, he was president of NBC Entertainment. He includes some of the hits Shepherd has This is us And Chicago suffrage

Prior to joining NBC, Salke served as EVP Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox TV, where she oversaw the development of popular series. Cheer up And modern family. As SVP of drama development at the studio, he oversaw the development of hits bone And jail break, Among others.

Salke began his career at Aaron Spelling Productions in the early 1990s where he worked on original Beverly Hills, 90210 And Melrose Place.

Here’s Hopkins’ memo:

Hey team,

When we acquired MGM about nine months ago, we said we would take a thoughtful and measured approach to the integration process. It was important to take the time to ensure the right people were in the right jobs for maximum collaboration, creativity and innovation. During this time we have taken many important decisions and have now completed the necessary work of forming our organizational structure. I’m pleased to share that effective immediately, Jennifer Salke will head Amazon and MGM Studios, adding oversight of MGM scripted television and film, distribution and creative marketing. Additionally, I would like to welcome Chris Brierton, who will assume a new role, VP, PVS Corporate Strategy, MGM+ and MGM Alternative Television.

Jane’s outstanding reputation in the creative community has earned her the respect of Hollywood’s top talent across the industry. Jane will now oversee both studios – along with distribution and all creative marketing – as a single point of entry for creatives to showcase their content across all our platforms. Serving the creative community in this way will streamline and enhance the creative process, expand our growing content stable, and solidly reinforce Jane’s commitment to being a home for talent.

Chris Brierton is running MGM’s business and leading its integration into Prime Video and Amazon Studios. In his new role, he will lead business planning and corporate strategy for PVS. He will also oversee MGM+ and MGM Alternative, where he will be responsible for accelerating the rebrand and leading the growth of MGM+ premium services, while working closely with the seasoned MGM Unscripted Television team to continue the legacy of megahits such as Survivor. , Shark Tank and The Voice. Brearton will report to me and join my senior leadership team, effective immediately.

I appreciate all the work this integration has done and believe we are now better positioned to deliver on our ambitious vision and are led by very good leadership. Throughout this process you have continued to provide great entertainment to customers around the world. We released direct-to-streaming (DTS) from three MGM film titles including Thirteen Lives, Anything is Possible, and Samaritan in PV and the critically acclaimed theatrical release of Till and Bones and All. We partnered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 007 franchise in October 2022.

With Women Talking, Boys in the Boat, and Creed III in development for Prime Video, our customers have new quality storytelling opportunities in the coming weeks. In addition to the launch, we greenlit Road House with Jake Gyllenhaal and Underdogs with Snoop Dogg. In partnership with MGM Television, we greenlit and produced Shelter (based on Harlan Coben’s best-selling thriller novel), The Consultant (starring Christoph Waltz), and A Road to a Million (a reality competition series featuring 007 movie locales). have started .

I’m so grateful for all the work you’ve done collectively this year, and I look forward to what we can do together as we build the next phase of this rich legacy of amazing content. You’ll soon hear from Jen and Chris about their visions and goals for their respective organizations. Thank you for your patience and commitment throughout this process.

mike

Here is Salk’s email:

team,

Mike just shared some news about our organizational structure, and I wanted to say how proud I am to be named head of Amazon and MGM Studios. It is a privilege to lead such an immensely talented team of people. We have such an exciting opportunity ahead of us as we continue to build our best-in-class studios and entertain even more people around the world.

With my additional oversight of MGM’s scripted television and film, distribution and creative marketing, I have some news to share with my leadership team. Vernon Sanders will continue to run Amazon Television and oversee scripted MGM Television with Lindsay Sloane and Rola Bauer. Julie Rappaport will continue to run the AOM team as well as oversee the MGM film team as we continue to consolidate. Dan Scharf will add oversight of MGM’s BA and business operations, as well as casting, music and production. Amazon Studios’ newly appointed marketing chief Sue Kroll will add MGM to her purview, and MGM’s chief marketing officer Stephen Bruno will now report to Sue. Brad Bell’s content licensing remit will now include MGM, with Chris Oettinger, MGM’s head of global distribution and acquisitions, now reporting to Brad. And Eric Loomis, United Artists Releasing’s head of theatrical distribution, will report directly to me. I want to thank you all for your patience as we integrate the talented teams at MGM. And we’ll have more announcements to share in the coming months.

These are dynamic times for all of us in the entertainment industry. And here at Amazon and MGM Studios, we have the best leaders, creatives and talent in the business. I am proud to be a part of this amazing organization and look forward to what we can – and will – do together

Jane




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