Jeff Wachtel serves as President of NBCUniversal International Studios. With an impressive track record as an award-winning television executive and producer, he began his role in January 2018 and 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” and Sky 1’s most-watched drama, “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man”; Monkey Kingdom, producer of BAFTA-winning “Made in Chelsea” and reality ITVBe hit, “The Real Housewives of Cheshire”; and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, SPA’s Media Super Production Business of the Year and maker of critically-acclaimed drama series “The Nowhere Boys”, “Glitch”, “The Slap” and “Seven Types of Ambiguity”. Alongside its solely-owned labels, the business also operates a joint production venture with Working Title Television (“London Spy”, “Birdsong” and currently developing “Tales of The City”) and Heyday Television (developing In “Between Lives” and “The Capture”), owns an equity stake in LARK Productions in Canada (“First Responders” and “Motive”), and has a first-look deal with Hardy Son & Baker.
Providing strategic oversight, Wachtel also partners with International Studios’ LA-based Scripted unit to further develop the production slate, which currently includes a television remake of “Hanna” for Amazon Studios and a unique co-producing partnership with TF1 and RTL on Gone starring Chris Noth.
Supplementing the content portfolio, Wachtel also oversees International Studios’ prolific International Formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide, with key brands including “World of Dance”, “Top Chef”, “Suits” and “House”. Maximising creative partnerships worldwide, he is responsible for building the group’s international pipeline of formats and extending their reach across the globe.
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”, “The 4400”, “Covert Affairs”, “Psych”, “The Starter Wife”, “Royal Pains”, “White Collar” and “Suits”. Prior to joining USA, Wachtel served in several leadership roles including President of Canada’s leading program supplier, Alliance Atlantis Television; President of 3 Arts Television; and Executive Vice President of primetime TV at Columbia Pictures Television, where he developed and supervised a number of long-running hit shows, such as “Party of Five” and “Dawson’s Creek”.
A graduate of Yale University, Wachtel began his career as a theater director and producer, producing the first New York productions of David Mamet’s plays “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and “Duck Variations”.
Wachtel is an avid mentor and teaches a producing class at the American Film Institute. He is also a founding member of L.A. Works, a community-based volunteer organization, a member of the President’s Advisory Board of the Zimmer Children’s Museum and a board member of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS).