Years in Cable: 14
Education: BA in Drama, Yale University

Wachtel ended ’13 in a new role that has him working closely with all the NBCU presidents and development teams. He’ll tell you his goal is to bring smart and noisy content to the portfolio—and that certainly was the idea behind his first big announcement: event series “DIG,” an archeological thriller from “Homeland” creator Gideo Raff and Tim Kring, and picked up for six episodes. Something you may not know? Wachtel has taught a course at the AFI (American Film Institute) for the past five years.

John, Paul, George or Ringo? John. I have two great photos of him taken by my friend Mark Sennet on the wall behind my desk.

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Play tennis

Favorite Cable Show memory: The final episodes of “Monk.” A beautiful script, amazing performances, a perfect goodbye to a classic show.

Favorite vacation spot: The Red Sand Beach in Hana, Maui.

Desert island album? Sgt. Pepper or Kind of Blue

Favorite TV show as a kid? “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible”

The last time I had a good laugh: My son Jesse makes me laugh every day.

The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I… yell from the rooftops, “It’s about time!”

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