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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September.
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September. « Show less

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  • Executives: Fox TV needs 'showmanship' of 'Empire,' 'Glee' producer to end ratings slump

    Producers capable of making "big, bold" series such as Fox's freshman drama "Empire" are key to rescuing the network from its ratings slump, its top executives said Friday.
  • TCA 2015: Fox network chiefs acknowledge 'uphill battle'

    TCA 2015: Fox network chiefs acknowledge 'uphill battle'
    Fox's new television team stepped into the spotlight Saturday to articulate their mission: broaden the appeal of the languishing network while still creating bold and risky programming. Last spring, Fox's battle-scarred entertainment chief Kevin...

    Interview: Fifth Harmony members hope to fill girl group void

    Interview: Fifth Harmony members hope to fill girl group void
    Who is the last girl group to really make it big in the music industry? I asked this question to the five members of girl group Fifth Harmony — who won MTV’s “Artist to Watch” award at the MTV Video Music Awards in August and...

    Should we throw the book at "swatters?"

    Should we throw the book at "swatters?"
    It’s a prank so time-honored that it’s practically a rite of passage for adolescents: Call a take-out place and have a pizza or some other item delivered to a stranger’s home. In that case, the results are relatively harmless —...

    Hollywood's New Leaders: Agents

    Rachel Altman, 34 Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency A risk-taker, Altman left Abrams Artists last year for Paradigm, a shop that has provided her clients "with the kind of major agency platform they deserve to take their careers to the next levels of success,...