Sony Music Sued For $10M By ‘American Idol’ Producers Over Unpaid Royalties

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 11:35am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEIt might seem like ages ago but once upon a time American Idol winners and contestants regularly hit the Top 10 with their songs and become big stars and major moneymakers. Those days of almost assured hits out of … Read More »

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‘Idol’ Producer Developing A Cappella Competition Reality Series

By | Saturday April 20, 2013 @ 7:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A cappella singing is hot at the moment following the success of feature Pitch Perfect, about competing college a cappella groups. So American Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its parent company CORE Media Group have signed an exclusive deal with Varsity Vocals, the collegiate a cappella organization that organizes the International Championship of A Cappella, to develop a show built around the competition and the college students who participate in it. I hear Varsity Vocals president Amanda Newman announced the partnership at the ICCA International finals tonight in NYC. Also looking to take advantage of Pitch Perfect‘s success is Universal sibling NBC, which recently announced the revival of its a cappella competition series The Sing Off. Read More »

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Alec Gores Makes Unsolicited Offer To Buy ‘Idol’ Owner CKX

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 10:18am PDT

Alec Gores, who was part of a group that made an unsuccessful bid for Miramax, has his eye on another media biggie: CKX Inc, which owns most of American Idol. Bloomberg is reporting today that the unsolicited offer came March … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Owner Reports $16M Loss

By | Thursday March 10, 2011 @ 7:21am PST

Fox may be pinching itself that American Idol is doing so well in the ratings, but its owner CKX is feeling the pain. Los Angeles-based CKX has reported a $15.7 million loss last year, compared to a $22.8 … Read More »

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Geffen Coulda (Shoulda) Been ‘Idol’ Judge

EXCLUSIVE: Fox, Fremantle, and 19 Entertainment are locking in their American Idol judges with each passing day. But I’ve learned that the show really wanted but didn’t snag the best judge possible — David Geffen. My sources say that, about 4 months ago, … Read More »

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Universal Music & ‘Idol’ Enter Long Pact

Los Angeles, CA — 19 Entertainment and Simon Fuller, creator of ‘American Idol,’ television’s biggest entertainment program for the last nine seasons and one of the most globally recognized entertainment brands, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the

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Nigel Lythgoe Returns to ‘Idol’ As EP

Nellie Andreeva

He was the first major member of the American idol team to depart the show. Now former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is finalizing a deal to return for the upcoming 10th season as the top-rated reality series is looking to … Read More »

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