For the past 13 years, Salke had been partnered with producer Chris Brancato in Brancato/Salke. The company was based at 20th TV from 2003-2005 before moving to ABC Studios (then Touchstone TV). Salke started off as an executive before producing, holding gigs at Twentieth Century Fox, Lorimar and FBC. Salke had been approached for executive jobs before but said "the right one never came along" until he was asked to run Fox21. In the past five years, Brancato/Salke sold 36-37 drama scripts through their ABC Studios deal, all to ABC.