Jeff Shell
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United States
2019

NBCUniversal

Jeff
Shell

Chairman, Film & Entertainment

Some were skeptical how a cable-industry vet, seemingly a Hollywood outsider, would fare when he was made president of NBCUniversal in 2011 after its acquisition by Comcast. But if the continued faith of his corporate bosses is any indication, he has performed exceedingly well. Promoted to chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group in 2013, he moved to chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment in January as CEO Steve Burke reorganized his direct reports and the company readied for its streaming service. Now Shell’s purview includes NBC Entertainment, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Telemundo and NBCUniversal International, as well as Fandango and Universal Brand Development. He has a reputation for being driven, analytical, tech-savvy and very mindful of the bottom line — and it has worked for him, as he has been tapped to replace Burke as CEO at the start of 2020, with Burke transitioning into the role of NBCUniversal chairman ahead of his expected departure the following August.

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
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
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New NBCU CEO Jeff Shell Makes Tough Moves and Splits With Old Ways of Doing Business

New NBCU CEO Jeff Shell Makes Tough Moves and Splits With Old Ways of Doing Business

Jeff Shell wants a break.The new NBCUniversal CEO, who took over the role from Steve Burke earlier this year, made one thing clear May 4 when he shook up his company’s senior ranks: He wants to cut ties to structures that might slow down the massive Comcast-backed media conglomerate as it’s trying to compete in a complex new world. That means putting multiple controversies that have erupted at NBC News in the past — even as fresh word surfaces of...

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