Dave Howe, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

Years in Cable: 21

Education: BA Hons German French, Reading University (U.K.)

One Word that Best Describes Me: Adventurous

NBCU Cable Entertainment has a pair of stalwart stewards in Howe and Wachtel. As each has settled into his elevated role—Howe overseeing strategy and Wachtel steering content across the 10 entertainment networks—strong results continue to bubble up. Howe’s expertise in exploring new technologies to optimize the company’s content and forging business partnerships is paying off in a number of inroads. The fruits of Wachtel’s labors also shined during the past year. For one, Universal Cable Productions’ “Mr. Robot” became a critical and fan favorite, ushering in a new direction in programming for USA Network. With Wachtel now also sitting atop the centralized scripted content house, look for more UCP programming to fuel not only the NBCU Cable portfolio but other networks as well.


Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? A self-emptying dishwasher.

If President Trump tweeted about you, he would say… “It’s a beautiful thing.”

What product or service could you not live without? My Evernote app.

Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? “Scooby-Doo”

Last show I watched not on my networks: “Homeland”

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