Jeff Wachtel

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.

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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