Fox & ‘American Idol’ Creator Resolve ‘X-Factor’ Lawsuit

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT

The legal battle between American Idol creator Simon Fuller and Fox over The X-Factor is over. Sources confirm to Deadline that the two sides have reached a confidential settlement and are moving … Read More »

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Simon Fuller’s Company Hires Head Of Marketing

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 4:00am PDT

Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment has appointed Jed Selkowitz as SVP Strategic Marketing. Selkowitz will oversee business development of the XIX Entertainment portfolio in North America, reporting to Fuller and XIX president Robert Dodds. Selkowitz was most recently Director, Entertainment Marketing for Coca-Cola North America.

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Lionsgate, Simon Fuller To Develop TV Musical Drama About Rock Band

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 10:26am PDT

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 9, 2012 — Continuing the diversification of its highly successful television business, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, is partnering with television and music entrepreneur and producer Simon Fuller to develop a contemporary television musical drama chronicling the lives and loves of a young California rock-and -roll band, the two partners announced today.

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Simon Cowell Plans ‘X Factor’ Stage Musical

By | Monday September 19, 2011 @ 7:25am PDT

Simon Cowell may soon have a new venue to go head-to-head with his longtime rival, American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Both are planning musicals for London’s West End. Cowell wants to build a stage show around his global franchise X Factor. Cowell has approached Brit comedian Harry Hill to write the book and comedy music producer Steve Brown — who has worked with UK X Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson — to come up with musical ideas. Cowell’s production company Syco tells me that it’s still in “very early discussions” about the show. Hill fronts popular ITV comedy TV Burp. Its latest season starts airing soon — right before the current UK run of The X Factor. The comedian pokes fun at clips of the previous week’s TV shows, often singling out Cowell’s music contest. Brown wrote the music for TV Burp and has also written for Cowell’s regular UK TV presenters Ant’n’Dec, so it’s all very much in the family.

Fuller — who is suing for an executive producer credit on the U.S. version of X Factor — is a step ahead with his planned West End stage musical Viva Forever, based on the songs of his pop group the Spice Girls. Producer Judy Craymer, who dreamed up the worldwide Mamma Mia! phenomenon, begins workshops next month and hopes to open Viva Forever by March 2013. The show promises “a glimpse of the underbelly of TV talent shows.” Brit TV comedian Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) has written the book. Read More »

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BMG Continues Music Publishing Buying Spree With Bug Music

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 6:02am PDT

There seems to be no stopping the acquisition tear by Bertelsmann’s BMG Rights Management: It appears to have outbid American Idol creator Simon Fuller to buy Bug — the quirky independent music publishing company whose library includes “What a Wonderful World,” “Fever” and “Happy Together.” Although the companies didn’t disclose the sale price, Reuters said Bug was expected to fetch about $300M. BMG has a lot on its plate: It’s said to still be in the running to buy EMI, the recorded music and publishing powerhouse that Citigroup is auctioning. Early this year it bought publishing rights for Carly Simon and administration rights to Notable Music (which includes musicals such as Sweet Charity and pop hits such as “Sunny”). But with Bug, BMG may have to grapple with a new lawsuit in California Superior Court from singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. He says that his publishing contract with Bug expired early this year when the company faied to renew it before a contractually set deadline. Private equity firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts is a major investor in BMG. Here’s the release announcing the Bug deal: Read More »

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It’s Official: Jennifer Lopez Signs Deal To Return To ‘American Idol’

By | Wednesday August 17, 2011 @ 9:38am PDT
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After lengthy negotiations, Fox today officially announced what everyone already knew by now: that Jennifer Lopez will return as a judge on American Idol next season alongside Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. The upcoming 11th season of Idol, … Read More »

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UPDATED: ‘American Idol’ Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox & Fremantle Over ‘X Factor’

By | Wednesday July 20, 2011 @ 1:15pm PDT
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2ND UPDATE 1:15 PM: Simon Fuller’s legal battle with Fox and FremantleMedia is quickly turning nasty, with the two sides throwing salvos at each other. Would they be able to bury the hatchet and maintain a decent working relationship on the upcoming 11th season of American Idol while the legal … Read More »

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JLo and Marc Anthony’s Split Won’t Affect Their Reality Series With Simon Fuller

Nellie Andreeva

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s surprise announcement yesterday that they’re ending their marriage after 7 years won’t affect their first major TV project together, the international talent show ¡Q’viva! The Chosen they’re doing with Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment and … Read More »

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Endemol To Co-Produce Simon Fuller, JLo & Marc Anthony’s International Reality Series

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Endemol has partnered with Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment on the international talent show ¡Q’viva! The Chosen, starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Endemol will be XIX’s production partner across the 21 Latin American countries where the series will be filmed as Lopez and Anthony search for undiscovered talents. … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Creator Simon Fuller Launches Joint Venture With Chris Blackwell

By | Monday June 13, 2011 @ 6:55am PDT
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LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2011) – Two of the world’s most influential forces in the global entertainment industry – Simon Fuller and Chris Blackwell – today announced the formation of a new joint venture that will create an independent partnership model for artists and content owners in the music and entertainment industries aimed at putting them in full control of their careers and their businesses for the first time.

The new venture – Blackwell Fuller, Inc. – will take the form of a new content company focused on working with artists looking to develop and nourish the connection points between them and their audiences. Fuller and Blackwell have already identified several opportunities to partner with important artists and iconic brands and will be announcing the first of these initiatives in the coming months.

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Ryan Seacrest’s Huge Salary Contributes To ‘American Idol’ Profit Swoon At CKX

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest’s fat contract with CKX — the quirky company that owns the rights to the show — seems to have done a number on Idol’s profits. Despite all the upbeat talk about Idol’s ratings resurgence so far this year, the show’s 1Q operating profit for CKX of $13.6 million was down 17% vs. the same period last year on revenues of $28.4 million, down 2%. Publicly traded CKX breaks out results for Idol because it accounts for about 53% of the company’s revenues, which also include licensing income for Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali. The report is as good a barometer as you’ll find for Idol‘s economic performance: CKX collects a license fee from Fox, as well as revenue for Idol-related syndication, sponsorship deals, merchandise and its concert tours. But CKX’s 48% operating profit margin for Idol in the three months that ended in March was the lowest 1Q result for the show since 2006, when CKX began reporting the show’s finances. CKX says that its Idol-related expenses came to $14.8 million. That’s up 17% from last year — and 260% from two years ago. The biggest change appears to be the $45 million employment contract that CKX struck with Seacrest in 2009 that locks him in through 2012. CKX has already paid Seacrest $33.5 million; Fox, in turn, pays CKX $5 million a year for Seacrest. Read More »

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Simon Fuller, Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Team With Jamie King For Trilingual Reality Series ‘Q’Viva! The Chosen’

By | Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 8:48pm PDT
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Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment will announce tomorrow morning that it has partnered with music star couple Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony and top music tour director and choreographer Jamie King for Q’Viva! The Chosen, a Latin-flavored performing competition reality series … Read More »

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Developing Latin American Singing Competition Series With ‘American Idol’ Creator Simon Fuller

By | Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 9:55am PDT
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Wonder how Jennifer Lopez became a judge on American Idol? About a year ago, the singer and her husband Marc Anthony teamed with Idol creator Simon Fuller to develop Que Viva, a reality singing competition series scouring Latin America for music talent. It was while the trio was working on that … Read More »

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Simon Fuller To Manage ‘American Idol’ Winner

By | Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ 8:00am PDT
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American Idol creator Simon Fuller, who hasn’t personally managed a contestant on the show since 2009 runner-up Adam Lambert, will be back managing this year’s winner on the singing competition series. Fuller has previously managed such Idol winners/standouts as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Chris Daughtry.

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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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Simon Fuller On ‘American Idol’ Season 10 So Far: ‘We Wanted To Lose The Negativity’

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When a show heads into its 10th season, you brace for ratings declines. When it heads into its 10th season and loses its biggest star, you brace for the worst. Well, by that measure, Fox’s American Idol has done pretty … Read More »

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HOW IRONIC: Spice Girls Musical Will Expose “Underbelly Of TV Talent Shows”

By | Friday September 3, 2010 @ 2:50am PDT

Jennifer Saunders, creator of TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous, started writing the book for stage show Viva Forever yesterday. Producer Judy Craymer is hoping this new Spice Girls musical, due to open in London’s West End 2012, will repeat the success … 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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