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Award-winning television executive and producer Jeff Wachtel has been appointed as president of NBCUniversal International Studios to lead the firm’s international content expansion.

Since 2013, Wachtel 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 content.

Located initially in Los Angeles before moving to London in summer 2018, Wachtel’s new role will switch his focus to international and global productions. He will manage all aspects of television development, production, formats, and strategic content partnerships for NBCUniversal International Studios.

NBCUniversal International Studios’ production entities include: NBC Universal International Productions, home of hit shows such as the Emmy-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock and ABC drama Resurrection; Carnival Films, producer of Downton Abbey, Lucky Man, Jamestown and The Last Kingdom; Monkey Kingdom, producer of Made In Chelsea; and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, producer of The Slap, Nowhere Boys and Wanted. Additionally, NBCUniversal International Studios operates two significant joint ventures: Working Title Television and Heyday TV. The division also owns an equity stake in Lark Productions in Canada and has a first look production deal with Hardy Son & Baker. Wachtel will also oversee a successful global formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide.

Wachtel will report to Kevin MacLellan, chairman, global distribution and international, effective from January 2018. Commenting on the move, MacLellan said: “The ability to produce for a local and a global audience is key to the future success of any major production company. Jeff is one of the few creative executives in the business who has proven time and again that he can deliver shows that work on both planes. Working with him closely over the years, my team and I have always found him to be incredibly collaborative and sensitive to what works best for our international audiences. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he is joining us to help grow our production businesses around the world.”
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