Magazine article Variety

The Women of NBC

Magazine article Variety

The Women of NBC

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"WE'RE NOT A COVEN of women creating some power force against the men," jokes Jennifer Salke, NBC's president of entertainment. But even a quick glance through the halls of the network's executive suite reveals an impressive lineup of accomplished women under CEO Bob Greenblatt who are making key creative decisions - from Salke to Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television, to Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. (Not to mention: drama exec VP Lisa Katz, comedy exec VP Tracey Pakosta, casting exec VP Grace Wu, and senior VP of diversity Karen Horne.)

NBC Universal is on an upswing. Salke, who since joining the network five years ago has helped lead NBC out of last place, points to the new hit drama "This Is Us" as her proudest accomplishment. She says she fell in love with the script by Dan Fogelman the moment she read it. "I could not even take for one second the idea that it was not going to be our show" she says. The drama was just picked up for a full season.

Ahr returned from maternity leave Feb. 1 - and a week later, had one of those "aha" moments where she realized where the business needed to go. …

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