Jeff Shell
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United States

Universal Pictures


Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

The former Comcast exec has quietly reinvented himself as a Hollywood player since his 2013 appointment as Universal Pictures’ chairman. Shell oversees all divisions of global film operations including Universal Pictures, Fandango, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, NBCUniversal Brand Development and DreamWorks Animation.

Over the course of his tenure, Universal has broken numerous industry records, and 2015 marked the then highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box office of any single year in any studio’s history. It was the first time any studio has had three films cross $1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, with “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” and “Minions” all reaching that milestone. While 2016 was less impressive, the studio still had a sizable hit with the $874 million “The Secret Life of Pets.” This year, “The Fate of the Furious” became just the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office on its way to $1.239 billion globally.

A Harvard MBA and numbers man, Shell approaches the business analytically and his background and management style are strictly corporate and solidly Comcast. He was president of the cable giant’s programming group before a move to London, where he presided over TV distribution, among other duties.


  • Universal Pictures
  • Comcast Corporation


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

Variety Honors

  • Showman of the Year


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Universal's Jeff Shell to Receive Tom Sherak Award From Fulfillment Fund

Universal's Jeff Shell to Receive Tom Sherak Award From Fulfillment Fund

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Jeff Shell has been selected as the recipient of the Tom Sherak Award from the Fulfillment Fund.The organization will present the award to Shell -- whose studio set domestic and worldwide box office records last year -- on Nov. 2 at the Stars 2016 Benefit Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood's Globe Theater.The Fulfillment Fund raises money to help local Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education."As a Los Angeles native and product of public education,...


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