Title: Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment; President, Cable Entertainment Studios
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, Drama, Yale University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Don’t ask strangers for advice.
Wachtel sits at the helm of the NBCU cable portfolio’s content engine and thus impacts the entertainment consumed by millions of viewers. His successes speak volumes about his highly accurate instincts, which at this point are more than well known within every creative circle of Hollywood. Recently, Wachtel’s efforts led to two NBCU networks entering the scripted world for the first time—Bravo with “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” and on E! with “The Royals.” His successes at Syfy include “12 Monkeys” and “Ascension,” the network’s highest rated show.
I watch most programming on this device: iPad Mini
If I had a show on YouTube it would be called… Crazy American Programmer
The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I… can make sense of our business.
I wish Congress would just… agree to disagree.
If my office produced a viral video, the background music would be… Broken Bells’ “After the Disco”
Favorite vacation spot: If I told you, it wouldn’t be my favorite vacation spot anymore.
The last time I had a good laugh was… My kids crack me up every day.