Jeff Wachtel | Lecturer
Wachtel is President and Chief Content Officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
A veteran television executive and producer, he oversees development and production of content for the company's cable portfolio, including Bravo, E!, Esquire Network, Oxygen, Syfy and USA.
also leads two in-house studios: Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios
, and is spearheading the cable portfolio's newly escalated effort to create and own original content, as well as setting up projects at major networks and digital platforms alike.
In Wachtel's previous role as co-president of USA Network
oversaw all original programming for the network for over ten years, including seven consecutive years as the number one cable entertainment network with an unprecedented run of successful series and mini-series launched under his
leadership (MONK, BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, WHITE COLLAR, and SUITS, among others).
Wachtel's previous stints include President, 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, including PARTY OF FIVE and DAWSON'S CREEK.
Wachtel began his career as a theatre director and producer, producing the first New York productions of David Mamet's plays SEXUAL PERVERSION IN CHICAGO and DUCK VARIATIONS.