Her role saw her lead all format development, production and sales, working on shows such as Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchise.
“Yvonne Pilkington, senior VP of format sales and production, has left International Studios to embark on a new direction,” NBCU said in a statement issued this morning.
“Having spent the majority of her career in the television business, she has decided to now pursue her own creative ambitions, and will shortly embark on a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. We wish her all the best in her new endeavour.”
TBI understands NBCU International Studios, which is based in London, is on the verge of announcing her replacement.
Before NBCU, Pilkington worked in senior positions at companies such as All3Media and Eyeworks Distribution.
Last year, TBI also revealed news NBCU had closed its central formats development unit, Tellycopter, following the exit of SVP David Mortimer, who later joined Tinopolis as director of content.