Jeff Shell, director of NBCUniversal, said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and became the highest profile for the media who has acknowledged that he has contracted the disease.
“I recently felt under the weather and just learned that I have tested positive for Covid-19,” Shell wrote in an email to NBCUniversal staff. “Although the virus has been difficult to manage, I have been able to work remotely in LA and improve every day.”
Shell became CEO of NBCUniversal in January and took over for Steve Burke, who has run the company for nine years. Burke continues as President.
NBCUniversal has stumbled from the closures. Its film and TV production has been shut down along with theme parks. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee announced that they would move the 2020 Summer Olympics to next year.
Shell said in its comment that the media giant, a subsidiary of cable giant Comcast Corp., has committed $ 150 million to help TV, movie and theme park workers who have been idle by the corona virus response.
“We are working to resume these activities as soon as possible, but of course not until it is safe to do so,” Shell wrote. “Meanwhile, we realize that a sudden halt to production creates a considerable financial difficulty for many. To this end, we have committed over $ 150 million in our film, television and park companies to help our employees and other workers and at least partially bridge the period before normal operations can restart. “