Jeff Shell was named Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group in September of 2013. He is based in Los Angeles and reports to Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. In his role, Shell oversees worldwide operations for the motion picture group including its global theatrical and home entertainment businesses.
In his former position as Chairman, NBCUniversal International based in London, Shell was responsible for overseeing the operations of all NBCUniversal International businesses including International TV Distribution, Global Television Networks and International Television Production. He also oversaw, in partnership with their domestic leaders, CNBC International, International Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, International Home Entertainment and International Theme Park Operations. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations for the company outside the U.S., Shell was responsible for identifying and executing all international growth opportunities for both NBCUniversal and Comcast Corporation overall.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Shell served as President of Comcast Programming Group, where he managed Comcast’s interests and investments in its national and regional television networks. These networks included the Comcast Entertainment Group, comprised of E! Entertainment Network, Style Network, G4, the Golf Channel, PBS KIDS Sprout, VERSUS, TV One, International Channel networks and Comcast Sports Group, who operated eleven regional sports networks. Under Shell’s leadership, Comcast’s networks grew dramatically in distribution, viewership and profitability during his six-year tenure.
Prior to joining Comcast, Shell was CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International, where he successfully navigated Gemstar through a number of legal and operational challenges. Before joining Gemstar, he held a number of positions within News Corporation including President of the FOX Cable Networks Group, where he oversaw the operations of FOX’s entertainment and sports cable programming businesses including FOX Sports Net, FX and the National Geographic Channel. Shell also worked in the Strategic Planning Group at the Walt Disney Company and at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Shell received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from Harvard University. In August of 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Shell as Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media. He currently serves on the Board of several non-profit organizations, including the National Constitution Center, and is an active leader in a number of organizations that are working on public school reform.
A native Angeleno, Shell, his wife Laura, and their daughter Anna currently reside in Los Angeles and avidly support the Philadelphia Eagles, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the California Golden Bears.