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. 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.
Shell, his wife Laura, and their daughter Anna live in London, but continue to avidly support the Philadelphia Eagles, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the California Golden Bears.