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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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  • 21st Century Fox Film Division Helps Revenue Rise 17% in Q4

    Film and cable programming gains powered 21st Century Fox to strong earnings and revenue gains in the fiscal fourth quarter, despite a big decline at the Fox network from the collapse of "American Idol." Fox reported revenue of $8.42 billion, a 17%...
  • Michael Johns, 'American Idol' Finalist, Dies at 35

    Michael Johns, who sang on season seven of "American Idol," died Friday at 35. Though an official cause of death was not released, several news outlets said he died of a blood clot after injuring his ankle. Johns was voted off the show shortly after...
  • AXS TV To Air U.K. Version of 'The X Factor'

    Just because Fox canceled the American version of "The X Factor" doesn't mean some version of the show isn't available on theses shores. Cable's AXS TV will serve as the official U.S. broadcast home for the eleventh season of "The X Factor UK," the...
  • NBC Googles Up 'America's Got Talent' Voting

    Google searches for "America's Got Talent," starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show's contestants -- the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices. NBC has enjoyed strong...
  • Simon Cowell to Be Feted at Cannes TV Market Mipcom

    LONDON -- Simon Cowell is to be feted as Personality of the Year at the 30th anniversary edition of TV program market Mipcom in Cannes, France. Cowell will receive his award at a gala dinner for industry executives at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Oct....
  • One Direction Concert Movie to Be Released on 3,000 Screens Worldwide

    Event cinema distributor Arts Alliance has inked a pact with Simon Cowell's Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment to release pop band One Direction's latest concert movie in theaters worldwide. Arts Alliance plans a release of more than 10,000...
  • U.K. Digital Video Firm Rightster to Buy Base79 for Up to $85 Mil, Adds Chad Hurley as Investor

    Rightster Group, a U.K.-based digital video distribution and ad network, announced plans to acquire British YouTube multichannel network Base79 for up to £50 million ($85 million) -- just the latest example of consolidation in the sector. In addition,...
  • Scotland Votes to Stay in United Kingdom

    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 1,914,187, while 1,539,920 Scots voted for independence, with one of Scotland's 32 local authority...
  • Yahoo Sets Free Premiere of Weinstein Co.'s 'One Chance' Ahead of Theatrical Bow

    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 addition to specialty box office....
  • 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

    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. Shyamalan will present "Wayward...