Fireside Chat with Jeff Wachtel


A conversation with Future Shack Entertainment CEO and former President of USA Network, Universal Content Productions, and NBCUniversal International Studios, Jeff Wachtel.

As an executive in the ‘90s, Wachtel helped develop zeitgeisty primetime hits Party of Five and Dawson’s Creek, before moving to USA Network to develop the ‘Blue Sky’ programming model, which propelled the network to the #1 spot in cable for more than a decade, and boasted hits like Suits, Monk, Burn Notice, Royal Pains, and more. From there, he went on to found UCP and serve as the president of the international television studio, where he spearheaded the efforts to create broad value for shows generated from international auspices, with successes including We Are Lady Parts and Transplant, among others.

Now, as CEO of Future Shack, Wachtel’s focus is developing, producing and co-financing shows for global audiences – and sharing more than 30 years worth of knowledge about the business of TV.

Join us for a wide-ranging 1:1 conversation with one of TV’s most influential executives about lessons learned in development, innovative business models, the future of streaming, and more.


Jeff Wachtel
CEO, Future Shack Entertainment