NBCUniversal International Studios has a new president, with the position going to longtime TV executive and producer Jeff Wachtel.
Wachtel has been Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, since 2013. Based in Los Angeles and reporting to NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios Chairman Bonnie Hammer, he has been responsible for the development and production of content for the company’s cable portfolio, including Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy and USA. He also serves as president of two studios: Universal Cable Productions, focused on original scripted programming, and Wilshire Studios, focused on non-scripted.
The appointment was announced by Kevin MacLellan, Chairman, Global Distribution & International, to whom Wachtel will report, effective beginning in January.
“Located in the interim from Los Angeles before moving to London in summer 2018, Wachtel’s new role will switch his focus to international and global productions,” the company noted in today’s announcement. “He will manage all aspects of television development, production, formats, and strategic content partnerships for NBCUniversal International Studios.”
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