ITV, Simon Cowell In New 3-Year Deal For ‘X Factor UK’ & ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

ITV is extending its relationship with Simon Cowell for another three years. The British network has pacted with Cowell and Sony’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK to keep reality competition series The Read More »

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‘Got Talent’ & ‘X Factor’ Franchises Get Global YouTube Channels: Video

FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell and Sony’s Syco Entertainment are launching one-stop-shop YouTube channels for the Got Talent and X Factor franchises. Although the various versions around the world — 55 for Got Talent and 25 for X Factor — have … Read More »

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‘Afghanistan’s Got Talent’ Is Latest Local Version In Simon Cowell Franchise

FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment are hitting a milestone with the latest local adaptation of their Got Talent format. In what the companies claim is a record for a talent show, the franchise will … Read More »

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Simon Cowell’s Syco Launching Global Online Talent Contest With YouTube: Video

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 2:58am PST

Simon Cowell is adding another stream to his talent scouting business. Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment’s joint venture, Syco, is hooking up with YouTube to launch global online talent contest, The You Generation. The contest opens to the public March 20 and will run for one year in an experiment aimed at discovering new talent. Entries are solicited from people with “unconventional and original talents” including musicians, photographers, makeup artists, magicians and chefs, Syco said. Wannabes will upload their videos to the You Generation YouTube channel in a different category every two weeks. They’ll then be judged by “professionals associated with Syco.” Prizes will be awarded every two weeks – though it’s not clear yet what the prizes will be – and there will be a grand prize at the end. The contest is available in 15 languages and 26 countries. Cowell’s already juggling the X Factor and Got Talent shows in the U.S. and the UK where he’s returning to judge Britain’s Got Talent‘s seventh season that kicks off in the spring. Click over for The You Generation promo in which Cowell freaks the hell out of some early contestants: Read More »

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Simon Cowell’s Syco Launches Over The Top Productions, Nigel Hall To Run New Division

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 9:45am PST

Creating a new pipeline for Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment’s joint venture, Syco, Over the Top Productions will develop “innovative, niche TV productions to bring more new TV shows to market.” Syco global head of television, Nigel … Read More »

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‘X Factor’ U.S. Propels Simon Cowell’s Simco To Double Pre-Tax Profits

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 3:46am PST

Recently filed financial documents for Simco, the TV production arm of Simon Cowell and Sony Music’s Syco Entertainment, show pre-tax profits more than doubled to £32.6M ($52.2M) for the year ended March 31 2012. The … Read More »

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Syco TV Chief Shu Greene Segues To ITV Studios As Director Of Entertainment

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 5:20am PDT

Tuesday 1st May 2012 – ITV Studios UK is delighted to announce that award-winning programme-maker, Shu Greene, currently Head of Television at Syco TV and producer and creator of some of the biggest shows on UK and US television, is joining ITV Studios UK in the newly-created role of Director of Entertainment, ITVS.

Returning to her original TV home, Shu will lead the entertainment team to create and deliver great entertainment programming for both ITV and non-ITV channels, spearheading ITV Studios’ ambition to be the home for the best talent both on-screen, in development and production.

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Syco Names COO Charles Garland To CEO Post, Exec Will Oversee Global TV Biz

By | Monday April 16, 2012 @ 5:50am PDT

Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, today announces that Charles Garland will become the worldwide CEO with immediate effect.

Formerly the COO, his role will now include leadership of Syco’s global TV business.

Charles joined Syco in March 2011 from Crystal Entertainment, the company he founded in 2007 and served as Chief Executive. He previously served at 19 Entertainment for 8 years, helping to build up its key brands globally. Before that he worked at Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) as Group Development Director, working with brands including Audi, Natwest and BT, and where he was responsible for building the agency’s international operations, which involved launching offices in Asia and the US.

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Simon Cowell & Will Smith Team With Sony TV For International Music Reality Series

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Simon Cowell’s SYCO ENTERTAINMENT has partnered with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith’s OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT on the development and launch of a live, new international TV format to find the world’s greatest DJs.

This new format has already been developed and will be co-produced by SYCO and OVERBROOK. The show will capture the incredible rise of the DJ phenomena. It has been in development for over a year and SYCO, OE and Sony Pictures Television will soon announce their broadcast partners in both the US and the UK.

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Live Nation’s Irving Azoff Will Manage ‘The X Factor’ Winner

Curious that the press release (below) doesn’t explicitly say that Azoff is chairman of Live Nation Entertainment — the parent of Ticketmaster and the No. 1 owner of concert venues.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2011 — Front Line Management and Syco Entertainment today announced a partnership which will see the future winning artist or group of the U.S. version of The X Factor managed by Front Line Management, the world’s leading artist management group.

Front Line, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, manages the careers of some of the world’s biggest-selling artists, including The Eagles, Miley Cyrus, Journey, New Kids on The Block, Christina Aguilera and Fleetwood Mac.

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Report: Cowell Quits UK’s ‘The X Factor’

While he continues to do his tedious fan dance as to who will judge the U.S. X Factor, Simon Cowell has reportedly told Brit broadcaster ITV that he will not be judging this year’s home-grown version. According to the … Read More »

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Simon’s Next Show Won’t Be Talent Search

By | Thursday October 7, 2010 @ 1:52am PDT

I’m told that ITV is still discussing this 3rd show with Syco, which it plans to make after X Factor launches in the U.S. next Fall. The broadcaster hasn’t said yes to it yet. But Ellis Watson, managing director of Simon Cowell’s UK production company Syco, says the next show after Got Talent and X Factor won’t be a talent search. And it will almost certainly be made first by RTL’s production company FremantleMedia Read More »

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‘The X Factor’ Won’t Be on ITV Screens Next Year As Simon Cowell Focuses On U.S. Fox Launch

UPDATE: Simon Cowell has confirmed he may not do next year’s X Factor for ITV. He is still undecided as he wants to concentrate on the US version. His final decision will be made in a few more … Read More »

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‘The X Factor’ Rocked By Second Scandal As Simon Cowell Bans Use Of Auto-Tune

The UK show’s bosses are debating whether to drop a contestant from this season’s first episode after it emerged she already has a record contract in the U.S. Katie Waissel, 24, sailed through to the next round after … Read More »

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