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Jeff Wachtel exits as president of NBCUniversal International Studios

The changes keep coming at NBCUniversal. Jeff Wachtel, longtime NBCU exec and president of its International Studios arm since 2018, is reportedly leaving the company. In his post he oversaw all aspects ...
October 16, 2020

The changes keep coming at NBCUniversal.

Jeff Wachtel, longtime NBCU exec and president of its International Studios arm since 2018, is reportedly leaving the company.

In his post he oversaw all aspects of television development, production, international formats, and strategic content partnerships for NBCUniversal International Studios and its portfolio. He came to the department following his run as chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Before that position, he served as co-president of NBCU cable net USA for more than a decade. During his tenure, USA was the top-rated cable network for seven consecutive years.

According to Deadline, which broke the story, and other trades, Wachtel’s departure from the company came following internal complaints about his management style and discussions about respect in the workplace.

The move comes in the wake of other prominent departures from NBCU, including alternative and reality programming chief Meredith Ahr earlier this week and NBC co-chairman Paul Telegdy this past summer.

The exits are taking place within a restructuring process put in motion by CEO Jeff Shell, who has aligned NBCU’s television networks under its new television and streaming division, led by Mark Lazarus.

The restructuring, however, also occurred amid the backdrop of an investigation into company culture and allegations of a “toxic” work environment, specifically within the reality division.

Yesterday (October 15), NBCUniversal moved its Universal Alternative Television Studio division, responsible for in-house unscripted production and development, under its wider Universal Studios Group (USG) division, overseen by Pearlena Igbokwe. NBCUniversal International Studios is also under the USG umbrella.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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