Amazon has appointed Vernon Sanders to help run its television productions. The long-term NBC executive will partner with TV co-head Albert Cheng and oversee Amazon Prime Video’s TV creative and production units.
Sanders will reunite with his former colleague Jennifer Salke at Amazon Studios. Salke commented: “Vernon’s undeniable expertise in nurturing talent and creative material will be a huge asset to our studio. Having worked side-by-side with him for seven years at NBC Entertainment, I can speak first-hand to his talents as a leader and creative force. I know Vernon and Albert Cheng will be a formidable team as we continue to build Amazon Studios.”
Sanders held a variety of roles at NBC, including executive vice president of current programming, executive vice president of comedy programming, and senior vice president of drama for the Peacock and Universal Television. Sanders has worked on popular shows including: 30 Rock, The Office, This is Us and the recent revival of Will and Grace.
Amazon is investing heavily in original content to draw more people to its Prime subscription service.