TV Executive Gets Top Job at Film Studio as NBCUniversal Shakeup Continues -- Does the Move Signal a Shift From Theatrical Model to VOD? NY Times
The executive shakeup continues at Comcast’s NBCUniversal, which placed a TV executive at the helm of its film studio Monday.
“NBCUniversal said that the executive, Jeff Shell, a Comcast insider who has recently been focused on the media conglomerate’s international businesses, will take over day-to-day operations at Universal Studios, which includes the Universal and Focus Features labels,” The New York Times reports.
Those day-to-day responsibilities have been handled for the past 18 years by Ron Meyer, who will become vice chairman of NBCUniversal, which Comcast bought in 2011.
“By naming one of its own to succeed Meyer -- rather than promoting a Universal executive -- Comcast signaled that the movie studio is now firmly nested inside a corporate structure that cares as much about funneling content to cable video-on-demand services as it does about theatrical hits,” the story says.
In a statement, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said of Shell: “I have worked with him for over a decade and have been consistently impressed by his strategic vision, operational focus and energy."
Prior to joining Comcast, Shell was chief executive of TV Guide International. He also logged time at News Corp., where he helped oversee Fox Sports, FX and the National Geographic Channel.
NBCUniversal has also restructured top management in its cable group, as we reported yesterday.