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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Cecile Frot-Coutaz
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    Cecile Frot-Coutaz
    CEO, FremantleMedia North America

    Frot-Coutaz is one of a handful of people tasked with reinvigorating Fox’s American Idol, the reality juggernaut that this year saw ratings slip and iconic judge Simon Cowell depart to launch a U.S. version of  The X Factor. “In some ways, we’re starting almost with a blank sheet of paper,” says the former corporate strategist at Pearson Television, who earned her MBA from the prestigious INSEAD business school in Paris. Idol is one sliver of the 400-hour programming pie Frot-Coutaz oversees at Fremantle. She has helped broker a deal to bring X Factor to Fox next fall and guided NBC’s summer hit America’s Got Talent to record ratings.

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