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Shackel exits U Worldwide TV

VP post to be 'restructured' as part of co. integration

In the latest exec change at the newly formed Universal Television Enterprises, Lori Shackel, Universal Worldwide Television’s marketing topper, is leaving the company.

A spokesman for U’s syndication division confirmed her exit Monday.

“As part of the ongoing integration (of Vivendi Universal Entertainment), the post of senior VP of marketing held by Lori Shackel will be restructured,” the spokesman said. “After considering job opportunities within the company, she has decided to leave to pursue other interests.”

Shackel had been senior veep of marketing for UWT since the unit launched in the late 1990s, after Universal acquired Polygram. Before that, she was VP of marketing for Polygram TV.

VUE includes the movie, TV and recreational assets of the former USA Networks and Universal. Universal Worldwide Television’s assets were merged with those of Studios USA Domestic Television last month. Integration was part of the merging of USA Networks’ entertainment assets into Universal.

Steve Rosenberg, who headed Studios USA Domestic Television, is overseeing the assets of both it and Universal Worldwide Television, among other areas. The merged unit has been dubbed Universal Television Enterprises.

Universal Worldwide Television launched the domestic syndie shows “Blind Date” and “5th Wheel,” which this fall will enter their fourth and second seasons, respectively. “Blind Date,” which inspired a spate of syndie reality dating shows, continues to lead the ratings in that genre. Company’s roster also included a handful of international talkshows.

With Studios USA Domestic Television’s “Maury,” “Jerry Springer” and “Crossing Over With John Edward,” UTE now controls five syndicated strips.