Amazon Studios has hired Vernon Sanders in the newly created position of co-head of television, working alongside Albert Cheng.
Sanders has more than 20 years’ experience working in the industry and most recently had an overall producing deal with Universal Television. Previously, he had a long tenure at NBC, where he was responsible for managing the network’s scripted slate for many years. Sanders held the positions of executive VP of current programming, executive VP of comedy programming and senior VP of drama for the network and Universal Television.
In his new role at Amazon Studios, Sanders will be overseeing the creative and production units of the television operation for Amazon Prime Video. He will report to Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.
“I’m thrilled to announce Vernon Sanders’ appointment to Co-Head of Television for Amazon Studios,” said Salke. “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 commented: “I am tremendously excited to be joining Jennifer Salke, Albert Cheng and the forward-thinking team at Amazon Studios as they build an incredible destination for high-quality, compelling content. My time as a producer has reaffirmed my passion for working closely with creators to champion shows which delight and surprise our audiences. I’m grateful to my family at NBCU for their support as I jump into this new challenge.”