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Fremantle enthralled with Shall as exec VP

Duties include o'seeing company's expansion, prod'n deals

“American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has appointed David Shall to the new position of exec VP of business and legal affairs.

Shall will oversee Fremantle’s ongoing expansion efforts and will negotiate the company’s network and production deals.

“We are growing our production slate and plan to increase greatly our local development effort. We need to be aggressive in our dealmaking with the creative community, and with his depth, range and entrepreneurial spirit, David will help us fulfill that goal,” FMNA chief operating officer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said.

Shall’s career spans 10 years at News Corp., where he most recently served as Twentieth TV’s exec VP of business and legal affairs and new business development. He handled series “Divorce Court,” “Good Day Live” and “America’s Most Wanted” as well as managed all business and legal affairs relating to the studio’s off-net syndie sales of “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Judging Amy and “The X-Files.”

Before Twentieth, he served as senior counsel for Fox-owned cable net FX.

He also worked as a business affairs attorney at Tribune Entertainment and Paramount Domestic TV.

“The television industry is going through a vast transformation in how programs are financed and produced. With its strong synergies around the world, FremantleMedia is poised to play an increasingly dominant role (in this change), which I am looking forward to being a strong part of,” Shall said.

Santa Monica-based Fremantle also produces reality skeins including “Cupid,” “Date Patrol” for TLC and Food Network’s “Oliver’s Twist.”

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