Dave Howe

Title: President, Strategy and Commercial Growth,

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

Years in Cable: 20

Education: UK BA Hons German French

One Word that Best Describes Me: Adventurous


Jeff Wachtel

Title: Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment; President, Universal Cable Productions & Wilshire Studios

Years in Cable: 15

Education: BA, Yale

One Word that Best Describes Me: Passionate


With the most recent NBCU Cable reorg, NBCU veterans Howe and Wachtel have roles that cross the entire portfolio of cable nets. After steering Syfy through its most ambitious programming slate ever, Howe has taken on a broader strategic role to unite the business and creative interests of all networks in the company’s entertainment portfolio. Wachtel is overseeing the recently realigned NBCU Cable Entertainment portfolio, which includes the same stable of hit-makers, among them USA, E!, Bravo, Syfy and Oxygen. With greater centralization of content creation, Wachtel will be able to capitalize even more strongly on creation and distribution of programming in a multiplatform distribution environment.


Dave Howe

My dream would be… for my wine cooler to be connected to the Internet of Things so it automatically replenishes with wines from Robert Parker’s latest Top 10 list

Virtual reality is… virtually here and about to virtually change the world.

Favorite vacation spot: Gouverneur Beach, St Barths


Jeff Wachtel

Virtual reality is… where our children will be spending too much time.

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “The Americans”

My first job: Desk clerk at a Times Square hotel

Favorite charity event you work with: Zimmer Children’s Museum

If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called… “I Guess We’re Not Smarter Than Fifth Graders”

What should cable do to improve its image? Why does cable have to improve its image?

Name of my favorite Spotify playlist: Steve Winwood

My personal theme song is: “You Can Get It If You Really Want” by Jimmy Cliff

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