Michael Edelstein, the London-based president of NBCUniversal International Studios, is set to step down from his post after more seven years.
“After almost 8 stellar years, 1100 hours of world-class content and a host of awards, Michael Edelstein has decided to leave NBCUniversal International Studios at the end of the year. We’re excited to see what he does next,” said the company in a statement.
Under his leadership, NBCUniversal International Studios expanded its footprint through several production companies, including Monkey Kingdom, the outfit behind BAFTA award-winning “Made in Chelsea,” factual/entertainment label Chocolate Media and comedy-focused Lucky Giant Productions as well as Australia’s Matchbox Pictures, the maker of “Real Housewives of Melbourne.”
“We have had success across multiple genres with exceptional scripted programs like ‘Downton Abbey’ to unscripted hits like ‘Made in Chelsea’ and ‘Real Housewives of Melbourne’ and Sydney,” said Edelstein in the internal memo he sent on Friday to announce his departure.
“We have created new business models producing US English language content directly for the international market and continued to attract top film producers including David Heyman, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner into TV,” added Edelstein.
The exec also pointed out the company produced “150 series which combined have generated numerous awards including 3 Golden Globes, 6 BAFTA Awards, 14 Logies, 12 Leos and 18 Emmy Awards” during his tenure.
Edelstein will leave NBCU when his contract ends in December.