Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell Tests Positive for Coronavirus

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell, who oversees NBC Entertainment, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Telemundo and NBCUniversal International, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“I recently have been feeling under the weather and just learned that I have tested positive for COVID-19. Although the virus has been tough to cope with, I have managed to work remotely in L.A. and am improving every day,” Shell said in a memo Thursday to staffers.

Shell, 54, recently took over control of the studio from Steve Burke. While praising studio staff for having to work remotely amid the pandemic threat, Shell touted NBCUniversal having committed $150 million across its film, TV and parks businesses “to help our employees and other workers, and to at least partially bridge the period before normal operations can restart.”

And Shell, while noting his health was on the mend, paid homage to Larry Edgeworth, an audio technician at NBC News, who last week died due to the coronavirus. “…Our hearts go out to his family, friends and co-workers,” he added.

Edgeworth worked in the equipment room at NBC News’ 30 Rockefeller Plaza office in midtown Manhattan.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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