Jeff Shell
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United States
2018

NBCUniversal

Jeff
Shell

Chairman, Film & Entertainment

As Universal chairman, Shell oversaw all of global film operations, including Universal Pictures, Fandango, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation. Since naming him chairman in 2015, the studio has hit box-office milestones. In 2017, it crossed $5 billion globally for the second time, with a slate featuring “The Fate of the Furious” at $1.24 billion and “Get Out,” the social thriller that won Jordan Peele an original-screenplay Oscar and grossed $256 million. Shell was previously head of the cable giant’s programming before moving to London, where he presided over TV distribution. He was feted by the Fulfillment Fund in 2016 for his help in raising money for L.A. students in need. As of 2019, he is now Chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, running film as well the company’s international division and Telemundo.

Career

  • THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
  • DESPICABLE ME 3
  • GET OUT

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • University of California–Berkeley (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
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Universal's Jeff Shell to Host Kamala Harris for 2020 Campaign Fundraiser

Universal's Jeff Shell to Host Kamala Harris for 2020 Campaign Fundraiser

Universal's Jeff Shell will host a fundraiser for Kamala Harris' presidential campaign on Saturday, in what is expected to draw heavily on entertainment industry supporters.Sources said that Harris will appear at the event after one earlier in the day hosted by David Cooley, the CEO and founder of the Abbey, the West Hollywood eatery and nightclub.Harris is the first declared 2020 Democratic candidate to line up official, Hollywood-centric fundraising events. A number of bundlers, such as Haim Saban, say that...

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