“Dick is a very close friend of mine,” Ms. Salke said, putting her hand on her heart. “He and I are talking. In fact, we’re talking about developing something together.”
She added: “A few months in, I’m not going to be publicly poaching. But I’m going to be out there like I was with Jordan, proactively approaching people who are available or coming available.”
Ms. Salke was referring to Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning writer and director behind the hit film “Get Out.” Under a deal completed last week, Amazon will have the right of first refusal for any of Mr. Peele’s TV ideas. Amazon also announced last week that another Oscar winner, Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), had agreed to direct all 11 episodes of a coming mini-series based on the best-selling book “The Underground Railroad.”
New comedies and what Ms. Salke called “big, addictive shows for women” are also in the works, including a half-hour anthology series called “Modern Love,” which the filmmaker John Carney (“Begin Again”) is basing on the popular relationship column in The New York Times. Over eight stand-alone episodes, “Modern Love” will explore various forms of love: sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, self.
And then there is “the long shadow,” as Ms. Salke put it. Amazon is moving forward with a high-risk adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which was announced after Mr. Price left but before Ms. Salke was hired. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, has been said to see the project as a potential “Game of Thrones” — a hit on a global scale. Ms. Salke said she communicates with Mr. Bezos about every other day. She goes to Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle roughly once a week.
“We’re honing in on a strategy,” she said of the “Lord of the Rings” adaptation. “The estate has actually been super helpful. Offering insight. Giving permission to make some big moves. They’re not being precious.”
Amazon’s cupboard of original programming was not completely bare when Ms. Salke arrived. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which stars John Krasinski, will premiere on Aug. 31 on Amazon Prime Video, the company’s global streaming service. (There are more than 100 million Prime subscribers worldwide.) Ms. Salke also inherited the coming series “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts as a caseworker at a secret government facility.