Emmy and Cable Ace award-winning former Executive Vice President of the Universal TV Group and President of Universal Family Entertainment and Universal Cartoon Studios, Segal has over twenty years of executive and creative management, development, sales, production, international co-venture, and marketing experience in film and television.
Following his eight years at Universal, Segal became an executive with Sid Shienberg's Bubble Factory, then went on to become President of Magic Lantern Entertainment, and General Manger of AIM Entertainment Group, LLC, overseeing creative and funding on an agenda of motion pictures and television programming for all current and emerging venues on a global basis, including Broadband and wireless opportunities, as well as a full range of revenue streams in video, VOD, Internet, retail, publishing, merchandising and licensing, etc.
As Executive Vice President of the Universal Television Group, and founder and President of Universal Family Entertainment and Universal Cartoon Studios, he managed all motion picture and television development, acquisition, production, sales, as well as responsibility for marketing, merchandising and licensing of all product produced or acquired under his management. He created and managed a high tech animation production studio with over 300 artists, writers, and animators as well as a state-of-the-art post-production facility. His TV unit sold, produced, delivered and marketed over thirty television series and specials, with an emphasis on franchise development and branding. Segal's shows have won numerous awards, including a dozen Emmys and Cable Ace trophies. His shows include Martin Short's "Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley," "Back to the Future," "American Tails", "A Wish for Wings that Work," "Casper," "Earthworm Jim," "Savage Dragon," "Wing Commander Academy," "VorTech" and "Monster Force". Jeff's acclaimed mixed-media series "Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories" and "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" (targeting kids and families) have been in continuous run on Showtime since their introduction. Also, in 2003/04 Segal produced a series based upon his original humor book "Forbidden Cuisine" for the National Lampoon and the National College Network. Segal was also responsible for developing attractions based upon films and programming produced by his divisions for Universal Studios Tour Theme Parks in both Orlando and Universal City.
As President of Universal Family Entertainment Segal helped launch Universal into the direct-to-video business around the "Land Before Time" franchise, which has grossed nearly $2.5 billion to date worldwide, on production budgets of roughly $3-$5 million per video. Land Before Time has now released nine films in the franchise. Before leaving Universal he put seven additional films into development (including sequels to Steven Spielberg's "American Tail," additional sequels to "Land Before Time," "Hercules and Zena," and an all new feature-length "Alvin and the Chipmunks"). The animation unit that Jeff created at Universal Cartoon Studios continues to survive, producing animated series based on "The Mummy," an all-new "Woody Woodpecker" show based on the classic character, and "Curious George" for PBS in 2005.
Segal helped set up "THE FLINTSTONES" movie franchise with Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. His other motion pictures include Andrew Lloyd Webber's "CATS" (Really Useful Group), Steven Spielberg's WE'RE BACK" (Amblin/Universal); "ROVER DANGERFIELD" (Warner Bros.); "ONCE UPON A FOREST" (FOX), "ROCKLORDS" (Paramount Clubhouse Pictures); "NEW ADVENTURES OF ULTRAMAN" (Taft Entertainment); and "CYBORG 009" (Toei).
Prior to Universal, Segal was at Executive Vice President at Taft Entertainment Company for eight years, overseeing Hanna-Barbera Productions.