Jeff Wachtel serves as President of NBCUniversal International Studios. With an impressive track record as an award-winning television executive and producer, he is charged with driving international production growth worldwide.
Wachtel oversees all aspects of television development, production, international formats, and strategic content partnerships for NBCUniversal International Studios and its award-winning portfolio, which comprises: Carnival Films, creator of worldwide phenomenon “Downton Abbey”, Netflix series “The Last Kingdom” and upcoming drama “Belgravia” for ITV and EPIX; Monkey Kingdom, producer of BAFTA-winning “Made in Chelsea”, reality ITVBe hit “The Real Housewives of Cheshire” and ITV2 hip hop comedy show “Don’t Hate The Playaz”; and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, makers of critically-acclaimed drama series “Glitch”, “The Slap”, “Safe Harbour” and upcoming drama “Stateless”, which it is producing with Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films. Alongside its solely-owned labels, NBCUniversal International Studios also operates a joint production venture with Working Title Television (“Tales of the City”, “The Luminaries”) and Heyday Television (“The Long Song”, “The Capture”), and owns an equity stake in LARK Productions (“Fortunate Son”) in Canada.
Providing strategic oversight, Wachtel also oversees International Studios’ LA and UK based Scripted unit, which comprises the television remake “Hanna” for Amazon Prime Video that was recently commissioned for a second season. This is in addition to International Studios’ prolific International Formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide, including key brands “Songland”, “SNL”, “Top Chef”, “Suits” and “Superstore”.
Wachtel joined International Studios from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, where he was previously Chief Content Officer. In this role, he spearheaded NBCUniversal’s Cable portfolio and under his leadership, the studios enjoyed notable success with award-winning series such as “Mr. Robot”, “The Sinner” and “Suits” at USA, the critically-acclaimed “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (Bravo’s first scripted series), the hit series “The Magicians” and “12 Monkeys” at Syfy, and “Difficult People”, an original series for Hulu.
Prior to this, for over a decade, Wachtel was Co-President of USA, where he was responsible for original programming. During his tenure, the network boasted seven consecutive years as the #1 cable entertainment network, with an unprecedented run of successful series and mini-series launched including “Monk”, “Burn Notice” and “Suits”.