NBCUniversal International Studios President Michael Edelstein to Depart

Michael Edelstein

"As anyone who has worked in international knows, 1.5 million miles, hundreds of nights in hotel rooms and constantly changing time zones begins to lose its charm," he says in a memo.

Michael Edelstein will leave his post as London-based president of NBCUniversal International Studios at the end of the year when his current contract is up. He has been in the role for more than seven years.

The company is understood to be looking for a successor and plans to keep the post in the British capital. Edelstein plans to remain in London until at least the spring.

"Since 2010, we have assembled a fantastic group of businesses and content creators and built a robust organization around them that has permitted their creativity to shine," Edelstein said in an internal memo announcing his plan to depart. "Together we have produced over 1,100 hours of original content. This includes over 150 series which combined have generated numerous awards including 3 Golden Globes, 6 BAFTA Awards, 14 Logies, 12 Leos and 18 Emmy Awards."

He added: "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. We have created new business models producing U.S. 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."

Concluded Edelstein: "As anyone who has worked in international knows, 1.5 million miles, hundreds of nights in hotel rooms and constantly changing time zones begins to lose its charm. With a great senior management team in place, it is now time for me to take a break and create some space to ponder the future. Therefore, I have decided to leave NBCU when my contract ends in December."

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