Jessica Schell named exec vp at Universal

NBCU vet tapped for senior role in business development

Universal Pictures has named NBC Universal veteran Jessica Schell as executive vp business development and strategic planning.

Schell will work on projects across all business units of NBC Uni. She assumed her new post Sept. 8, reporting to Universal vice chairman and COO Rick Finkelstein.

"With so many exciting changes in our business, we need the kind of expertise that Jessica has to offer," Finkelstein said. "She's an accomplished executive with a keen understanding of our business challenges and opportunities, and we're thrilled to have her."

Schell previously served as NBC Uni's senior vp digital media strategy and business development. She's also held posts at Disney and Allen & Co.
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