Jeff Shell

Chairman Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

Jeff Shell is Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group overseeing all divisions of the global film operations including Universal Pictures, Fandango, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, DreamWorks Animation and Awesomeness.

Over the course of his tenure, Universal has evolved to break numerous studio and industry records.  In 2017, the studio crossed $5 billion at the worldwide box office for the second time in its 105-year history.  Universal also delivered its most profitable year to date, with titles such as The Fate of the Furious, Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 and Blumhouse’s Get Out and Split.  Universal had a memorable year in 2015 as well, as it marked the then highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box office of any single year in any film studio’s history.  2015 became the first time any studio ever had three films each cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office, with Furious 7, Jurassic World and Illumination’s Minions all reaching that milestone.  

In his former position as Chairman of NBCUniversal International, Shell managed all aspects of NBCUniversal’s 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 Parks Operations.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Shell served as President of Comcast Programming Group where he was responsible for managing Comcast’s national and regional television networks including E! Entertainment Network, the Golf Channel, International Channel Networks, and Comcast Sports Group, just to name a few. Under his leadership, Comcast’s networks grew significantly in distribution, viewership and profitability during his six year tenure.

Before Comcast, Shell was CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International leading the business through a number of legal and operational challenges. Previous to Gemstar, he held several positions at News Corporation including President, FOX Cable Networks Group. He also held leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and Salomon Brothers prior to joining News Corporation.

Shell is a member and past chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media. He also serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the National Constitution Center and organizations focused on public school reform.

Shell received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Universal of California, Berkeley. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. 

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Jeff Shell

Chairman Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
   

Jeff Shell is Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group overseeing all divisions of the global film operations including Universal Pictures, Fandango, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, DreamWorks Animation and Awesomeness.

Over the course of his tenure, Universal has evolved to break numerous studio and industry records.  In 2017, the studio crossed $5 billion at the worldwide box office for the second time in its 105-year history.  Universal also delivered its most profitable year to date, with titles such as The Fate of the Furious, Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 and Blumhouse’s Get Out and Split.  Universal had a memorable year in 2015 as well, as it marked the then highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box office of any single year in any film studio’s history.  2015 became the first time any studio ever had three films each cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office, with Furious 7, Jurassic World and Illumination’s Minions all reaching that milestone.  

In his former position as Chairman of NBCUniversal International, Shell managed all aspects of NBCUniversal’s 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 Parks Operations.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Shell served as President of Comcast Programming Group where he was responsible for managing Comcast’s national and regional television networks including E! Entertainment Network, the Golf Channel, International Channel Networks, and Comcast Sports Group, just to name a few. Under his leadership, Comcast’s networks grew significantly in distribution, viewership and profitability during his six year tenure.

Before Comcast, Shell was CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International leading the business through a number of legal and operational challenges. Previous to Gemstar, he held several positions at News Corporation including President, FOX Cable Networks Group. He also held leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and Salomon Brothers prior to joining News Corporation.

Shell is a member and past chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media. He also serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the National Constitution Center and organizations focused on public school reform.

Shell received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Universal of California, Berkeley. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.