Comcast to Name Jeff Shell President of Comcast Programming
Comcast Corporation announced today that it will name Jeff Shell as President of Comcast Programming, effective May 2, 2005. Comcast Programming will include the Company's interests in its national content networks and investments, including E! Entertainment Network, Style Network, G4, Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, TV One, International Channel networks, the new Children's and Sony/MGM networks that are in formation, and a variety of regional sports network investments and other businesses. Mr. Shell will report to Steve Burke, Comcast's Chief Operating Officer.
"Content has become an increasingly important part of our business over the past few years, and we expect to continue to expand aggressively in this area," said Burke. "Jeff has the ideal balance of experience, creativity, and energy to lead these efforts and we're thrilled that he has agreed to come on board to manage these businesses and our future growth."
"Like others, I have been impressed by how Comcast has managed their rapid distribution growth through skilled operational execution, innovation, and ability and willingness to compete," said Shell. "I am excited to join their team and hope to continue the growth and success that the Company has experienced on the programming side of their business."
Mr. Shell was most recently CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International (Nasdaq: GMST) where he successfully navigated Gemstar through a number of legal and operational challenges. Before joining Gemstar, Shell 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. He, his wife Laura, and their daughter Anna will relocate from Los Angeles to the Philadelphia area.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 21.5 million cable customers and 7 million high-speed Internet customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks and in the delivery of programming content.
The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4techTV, International Channel Networks, TV One and four Comcast SportsNets. The Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.