Jeff Shell
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Elevated to NBCUniversal CEO in January 2020 as it was readying to roll the dice with its new Peacock streaming service, Shell was quickly confronted by the unforeseen challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, he announced that he had personally been diagnosed, and the studio had created a $150 million fund for employees and production personnel impacted by the coronavirus. Additionally, Shell would donate 100% of his salary to pandemic relief efforts. He has also done extensive work to reconfigure the company’s operations, consolidating oversight of NBCU’s profitable cable networks and diverting mores resources around streaming operations. These moves have not come without an undeniable cost, considering Shell had to lay off nearly 10% of the NBCU workforce in August 2020.


  • Universal Pictures
  • NBCUniversal International Studios
  • Comcast Corporation


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year


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NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell Tests Positive for Coronavirus

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Jeff Shell, NBCUniversal's recently appointed CEO, has tested positive for coronavirus, Variety has confirmed.In a memo to staff, Shell said he was diagnosed with the virus after "feeling under the weather." He told employees that he will self-quarantine and work from home indefinitely while he recovers."I recently have been feeling under the weather and just learned that I have tested positive for Covid-19," Shell wrote. "Although the virus has been tough to cope with, I have managed to work remotely...


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