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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

Top Simon Cowell Articles

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  • Mipcom: Personality of the Year Simon Cowell Grew From Humble Beginnings

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - When "Got Talent" was named the most successful reality TV franchise by the Guinness Book of World Records in April, it set a another benchmark for Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment. The top-rated Britain-born series has...
  • Red Arrow Aims For Shows That Can Travel

    Red Arrow Intl., which is the global distribution arm of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, is a mini-studio with major ambitions, which are reflected in its sales slate at the content market Mipcom in Cannes. The distributor, which is celebrating its 10th...
  • Alex & Sierra at Sunday Altamonte signing

    Alex & Sierra at Sunday Altamonte signing
    "X Factor" victors Alex & Sierra will release their debut album, "It's About Us," on Tuesday. But Central Florida fans can purchase the album and get the signatures of Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton on Sunday. Starting at 1 p.m., the duo will be at Fye...
  • Simon Cowell's 'Got Talent' Format Extends to Asia

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia's hit "Got Talent" show is set for its biggest expansion following a deal with Sony Pictures Television to create "Asia's Got Talent." The new show will debut on Sony's...
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi to Tout Entertainment Business in LA

    India's recently installed Prime Minister Narendra Modi will headline a first time media and entertainment conference in Los Angeles at the end of the month. The "Future of Media and Entertainment: Building a new age Global Ecosystem - Challenges and...
  • Toronto: China Lion Hitches With 'Breakup Buddies' in N. America

    TORONTO - China Lion Film Distribution has picked up multi-territory rights to "Breakup Buddies," a Chinese comedy by celebrated director Ning Hao. The company acquired rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand from IM Global, which handles...
  • Dreamwest to Release Korea's 'Tazza 2′ in U.S.

    TORONTO - Dreamwest Pictures is to handle the U.S. release of Korean gangster actioner "Tazza 2: Hand of God." Korea-based Dreamwest is to give the film its stateside release on Sept. 19, rolling out from Los Angeles, where there is a large Korean...
  • Scotland Votes to Stay in United Kingdom

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after Thursday's referendum on independence, the BBC reported. The votes to stay in the U.K. totaled 2,001,926, while 1,617,989 Scots voted for independence. The vote equates...
  • Yahoo Sets Free Premiere of Weinstein Co.'s 'One Chance' Ahead of Theatrical Bow

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Yahoo will debut Weinstein Co. biopic "One Chance" for free on Sept. 30 on its video-streaming service -- a full 10 days before the movie hits theaters Oct. 10, as the studio hopes to generate coin from digital viewers in...
  • Gene Simmons Launching Reality Music Competition at Mipcom

    KISS rocker-turner-reality-star Gene Simmons will be launching a new reality music competition next month at Mipcom. Simmons has teamed up with Sierra/Engine Television on the talent competition "Coliseum," which bids bands against each other like...
  • Night Shyamalan, Cuba Gooding Jr. And Donald Sutherland Among Mipcom's Talent Slate

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - PARIS- Night Shyamalan, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland will lead a large delegation of talent and filmmakers set to present their shows at the 30th edition of Mipcom, the international TV market hosted in Cannes....