NBCUniversal International Studios


NBCU finds Edelstein replacement

Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS). Currently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel (pictured) will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018. He will be in charge of […]

ABC brings in ex-NBCU exec as business affairs head

ABC Studios International (ABCSI) has brought in ex-NBCUniversal International exec Guy Sheppard as head of business affairs. Sheppard will report to Howard Davine, executive vice president of business operations at ABC Studios. From his base in London, Sheppard will lead the business affairs and deal-making functions of ABC Studios International. His exit from NBCU International […]

NBCU hires ex-Endemol Shine exec for formats

NBCUniversal International Studios has brought in former Endemol Shine Group formats sales chief Ana Langenberg to replace Yvonne Pilkington, who exited recently. Langenberg has joined as senior VP of format sales and productions at NBCUniversal International Formats, which is part of NBCUIS. Pilkington exited recently after a long spell at the international arm of Comcast-owned […]

Formats chief Pilkington exits NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU) International Studios’ format chief, Yvonne Pilkington, has left her role, TBI has learned. Pilkington has been with the international arm of Comcast-owned NBCU since 2009, but is leaving for a career change. Her role saw her lead all format development, production and sales, working on shows such as Top Chef and The Real […]

Working Title UK hires ex-BBC comedy chief

Working Title Television UK has hired former BBC comedy chief Mark Freeland to run its comedy unit. He will join the NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS)-backed producer as head of television comedy, working closely with Andrew Woodhead, managing director of Working Title Television, as well as NBCUIS president Michael Edelstein and executive VP of scripted JoAnn […]

Argonon launches prodcos with NBCU & All3 execs

UK-based Argonon Group has established a pair of joint venture production entities, with execs from NBCUniversal and All3Media behind them. Barefaced TV will focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK and international markets, while Bandicoot is billed as a multi-genre production house. Lucy Golding and Rosie Bray (pictured right, l-r), who were joint heads […]

Argonon launches prodcos with NBCU & All3 execs

UK-based Argonon Group has established a pair of joint venture production entities, with execs from NBCUniversal and All3Media behind them. Barefaced TV will focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK and international markets, while Bandicoot is billed as a multi-genre production house. Lucy Golding and Rosie Bray (pictured right, l-r), who were joint heads […]

Channel 4 hires Murdoch for new-look ents team

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled its new look entertainment team, with producer Karen Murdoch drafted in and Tom Beck promoted. Head of entertainment and TV events Ed Harvard as added Murdoch as a third commissioning string. She will be commissioning editor, entertainment alongside Syeda Irtizaali, who also has a commissioning editor role, and Antonia […]

NBCU Int’l hires former Gaumont exec

NBCUniversal International Studios has recruited Sam Semon. The business affairs exec recently left Gaumont, amid a restructure, and will be executive VP, business affairs for NBCUIS. Specifically, he will work across the Heyday Television US and Working Title Television US operations, and across the wider scripted output. Semon remains in LA in his new role. […]

Viewpoint: Discop Dubai fills a gap in the MENA market

On the eve of the inaugural Discop Dubai event, Yvonne Pilkington, senior VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Formats, explains how content is evolving in the Middle East and North Africa region. The creation of Discop Dubai last year reflected the growing appetite for high-quality content in the Middle East. Boasting an […]