Michael Edelstein

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Michael Edelstein (born February 20, 1968) began his career in episodic television working CBS Entertainment.[1] There he worked on a number of series on the network’s primetime schedule such as CSI.[2] He then went on to work for NBC Universal

Together with Marc Cherry and Tom Spezialy, Edelstein was one of the original executive producers for Desperate Housewives.[3] The show won two Golden Globes for best comedy series and other nominations.[4]

Edelstein has been executive producer for the thriller series Threat Matrix,[5] and sitcom Hope & Faith,[6] as well as telefilms Haunting Sarah,[7] and Him and Us.[8]

Edelstein worked on the 2009 space drama, Defying Gravity,[1]

During his 7 years at NBC he worked with in-house production labels included Carnival which produced Downton Abbey,[9] and Monkey Kingdom, which produced Made in Chelsea.[10] Also Chocolate Media, a factual/entertainment label,[11] and Lucky Giant, which specialises in comedy, notably Chris Guest’s HBO/BBC television series Family Tree starring Chris O’Dowd.[12]

Edelstein played a key role in identifying Matchbox Pictures, an Australian production company responsible for The Slap.[13] Matchbox was acquired by NBCUniversal International Television Productions in 2013.[14]

Edelstein was also involved in securing an equity stake in Canadian company Lark Productions, the producers responsible for Real Housewives of Vancouver.[15]

On 13 April 2015, NBCUniversal, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and TF1 announced they had entered into an international co-production partnership to produce original US-style TV procedural dramas, including up to three new dramas over two years..[16]

Edelstein was on the board of Working Title which produced drama and comedy programming for both UK and US broadcasters.[17]

Edelstein left NBC Universal in 2017 with the end of his contract.


  1. ^ a b "Michael Edelstein: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com.
  2. ^ Colnan, Tara (15th December 2013). “NBCU's Michael Edelstein: 'Downton Abbeys don't grow on trees’”. The Guardian. (30/03/15).
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (1 June 2010). "Michael Edelstein To Head NBC Uni's International TV Production Unit".
  4. ^ Kemp, Stuart (6th January 2010). “Michael Edelstein appointed at NBC Uni Int'l”. The Hollywood Reporter. (30/03/2015)
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (7th October, 2003). “Edelstein stays in ‘Matrix’”. Variety. (30/03/2015).
  6. ^ "Defying Gravity's James Parriott And Michael Edelstein – Up, Up And Away". 1 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Haunting Sarah (2005) (TV)". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Michael Edelstein". IMDb.
  9. ^ Bulbeck, Pip (23rd May 2011). “NBCU International TV Production Takes Majority Stake in Australia’s Matchbox Pictures”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31/03/2015.
  10. ^ Turner, Mimi (16th November 2010). “NBC Universal Acquires Monkey Kingdom”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30/03/2015.
  11. ^ White, Peter (7th February 2014). “The NBCU exec on searching for the Downton Abbey of unscripted formats”. Broadcast. Retrieved 31/03/2015.
  12. ^ White, Peter (7th March 2013). “NBC Universal eyeing more UK indies”. Screen Daily. Retrieved 31/03/2015.
  13. ^ "Michael Edelstein (I) - News". IMDb.
  14. ^ Roxborough, Scott (29th January 2014). “NBCUniversal Takes Full Control of Australia's Matchbox Pictures”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30/03/2015.
  15. ^ Vlessing, Etan (1st December 2010). “NBC Universal Backs Canuck TV Producer With Development, First-Look Deal”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31/03/2015.
  16. ^ "NBCU International TV Production, RTL, TF1 Partner To Make U.S. Procedurals". 13 April 2015.
  17. ^ Rosser, Michael (17th February 2010). “Working Title launches indie with NBCU”. Broadcast Now. Retrieved 31/03/2015.

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