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Fomer NBC exec links up with Amazon

Amazon Studios has tapped another former NBC executive to fill the post of co-head of television in its reshaped senior team.

Vernon Sanders

Vernon Sanders has joined to share television responsibilities with Albert Cheng, who was made co-head of television in April to complement his chief operating officer role at the company.

Sanders was formerly executive VP of current programming at NBC but stepped down from his position in November last year to begin an exclusive production deal at company sibling Universal TV.

In his Amazon role, Sanders will oversee the creative and production arms of Amazon Prime Video’s television output, working alongside Cheng.

Cheng, who had served as studio head on an interim basis following the resignation of Roy Price after allegations of sexual misconduct, was replaced by Sanders’ former NBC colleague Jennifer Salke in February. Salke said she thought that Sanders and Cheng would form a “formidable team” to lead Amazon Studios as it continues to build.

“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,” she added.

“My time as a producer has reaffirmed my passion for working closely with creators to champion shows which delight and surprise our audiences,” said Sanders. “I’m grateful to my family at NBCU for their support as I jump into this new challenge.”

Sanders’ appointment follows the reshuffling of Sharon Tal Yguado to head of genre series, Marc Resteghini to head of drama and Nick Hall to head of alternative programming.

Last month, Amazon unveiled plans to spend more on content for its Prime platform, following the 20% increase to the price of its shipping and streaming service in the US.

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