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June 18, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
“American Idol” creator Simon Fuller is singing a new tune - just for children. The producer's musical kids' show “The Meeps” will premier Wednesday on Kabillion, a video on-demand channel targeting children. The program, created and executive-produced by Fuller, features computer-animated animal-based characters in a music group. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview As a teaser video on YouTube shows , the band members include a lion who sings and dances in an open shirt and a giraffe that plays guitar in a Slash-esque top hat. In the video, the band plays a revved-up version of the 1960s tune “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.” "I have been thinking about creating a fun animated music group for many years and now I have finally got round to it,” Fuller said in a statement.
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June 18, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
“American Idol” creator Simon Fuller is singing a new tune - just for children. The producer's musical kids' show “The Meeps” will premier Wednesday on Kabillion, a video on-demand channel targeting children. The program, created and executive-produced by Fuller, features computer-animated animal-based characters in a music group. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview As a teaser video on YouTube shows , the band members include a lion who sings and dances in an open shirt and a giraffe that plays guitar in a Slash-esque top hat. In the video, the band plays a revved-up version of the 1960s tune “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.” "I have been thinking about creating a fun animated music group for many years and now I have finally got round to it,” Fuller said in a statement.
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January 15, 2010 | By Joe Flint
It's been a week of breakups for "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller. First, Simon Cowell announced he was leaving his job as judge on the hit Fox show. Now Fuller is parting ways with CKX Inc., which owns 19 Entertainment, producer of "American Idol" and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance." Fuller's exit to start his own entertainment production company comes just days after CKX Chief Executive Robert F.X. Sillerman told The Times that he did not think Fuller's skills were suited to the executive suite.
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July 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Next week, thousands of wannabe superstars will descend on New Orleans to audition for Fox's "American Idol" in pursuit of their dream of being the next Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert. But who will ultimately judge their fate is now a mystery. Like a baseball owner angry that his team made the playoffs but didn't win the World Series, Fox is overhauling the popular musical talent show after a season that saw its viewership fall by 23% and NBC's"Sunday Night Football" franchise surpass it as the most popular program on television.
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January 12, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Now that Simon Cowell has decided this will be his last season as a judge on Fox's "American Idol," the next drama for the show's creator, Simon Fuller, may be in a boardroom. Fuller, chief executive of 19 Entertainment, which produces "American Idol" for Fox, is eyeballing the top job at 19 Entertainment's parent company, CKX Inc., according to people close to the situation. CKX, headed by Robert F.X. Sillerman, also has a majority stake in Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn.
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July 21, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
"American Idol" creator Simon Fuller wants credit for Fox's new talent show "The X Factor. " In a suit filed Wednesday in California Superior Court against Fox Broadcasting Co. and "The X Factor" producer Fremantle North America Inc., Fuller said he was promised an executive producing credit on "The X Factor," which premieres this fall with former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell as the star. Fuller's lawsuit against Fox, which also airs "American Idol," and Fremantle is the latest twist in his complex relationship with Cowell, who was a judge not only on "American Idol" in the U.S. but also on Fuller's British version known as "Pop Idol.
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May 29, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The next winner of "American Idol" might walk off with the biggest prize yet: the show itself. A bidding war may be on the horizon for CKX Inc., the media and entertainment company whose holdings include 19 Entertainment, producer of the Fox hit "American Idol," as well as a majority stake in Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion. Simon Fuller, the creator of "American Idol" who until earlier this year was a senior executive and board member at the company, is the latest to throw his hat into the ring over the fate of CKX. Fuller is teaming up with financier and former Barclays banker Roger Jenkins on a $600-million bid for CKX, a person close to the situation said.
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January 28, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony wanted their upcoming talent show, "¡Q'Viva The Chosen!," to stand apart from an already cluttered slate of song and dance reality TV offerings. Instead of judging contestants from behind a panel, spinning around in oversized chairs or rejecting talent with a buzzer, Lopez and Anthony, along with choreographer/creative director Jamie King, traversed Latin America to handpick the talent for "Q'Viva," which premieres Saturday on Univision. The premise of the series has Lopez, Anthony and King vetting singers, dancers, musicians and artists for a Las Vegas spectacle.
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May 18, 2011 | By Ann Powers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Say it with me: Haley Reinhart. The name of "American Idol's" reigning big surprise doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? "Idol" never simply crowns a voice; it defines a brand. The details define and reinforce a contestant's appeal, from back story to song choice to sartorial style to naturalness onstage. Reinhart, now one of the show's three survivors, has taken quite a while to get herself together as a marketable star. Her slow, uneven evolution contrasts strikingly with that of her two remaining rivals.
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May 11, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The nation's most popular television show — "American Idol" — will be owned by private equity. Apollo Global Management has struck an all-cash deal to acquire CKX Inc., the parent of 19 Entertainment, producer of Fox's hit show, for $5.50 per share, putting the purchase price at about $509 million, a 25% premium from where CKX stock closed Monday. The sale, which is expected to close within the next two months, would end a period of uncertainty for CKX. In the last few years, several suitors including "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, CKX founder and former chairman Robert F.X. Sillerman and Hollywood dealmaker Allen Shapiro have each made overtures at CKX only to come away empty-handed.
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February 1, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Long the nation's most popular television series, "American Idol"has suddenly started to hit some flat notes - and it's threatening the money-making machine that has vaulted the Fox network to the top of the broadcast race. Although it's still a big hit that other networks would love to have, "Idol's" ratings this month slid to the lowest level since its debut in summer 2002. And last week for the first time, "Idol" was beaten by a head-to-head competitor,CBS'surging sitcom"The Big Bang Theory,"in the major ratings categories.
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January 28, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony wanted their upcoming talent show, "¡Q'Viva The Chosen!," to stand apart from an already cluttered slate of song and dance reality TV offerings. Instead of judging contestants from behind a panel, spinning around in oversized chairs or rejecting talent with a buzzer, Lopez and Anthony, along with choreographer/creative director Jamie King, traversed Latin America to handpick the talent for "Q'Viva," which premieres Saturday on Univision. The premise of the series has Lopez, Anthony and King vetting singers, dancers, musicians and artists for a Las Vegas spectacle.
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October 18, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
The morning after "The X Factor's" American premiere last month, Simon Cowell got a call from his agent at Creative Artists Agency. The ratings were nowhere near the monster hit Cowell himself had predicted, but the agent believed that if the 12 million or so people who turned up for the premiere kept tuning in, the show would be fine. "But if you go down by 30% tonight, you're dead," Cowell remembered his agent adding ominously. Nearly a month later, "X Factor" still doesn't look ready to slay Cowell's old employer, "American Idol," in the TV-singing-competition grudge match.
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September 11, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
It may look like "American Idol" and sound like 'American Idol" — it even has some of the same people as "American Idol" — but that doesn't necessarily mean it is "American Idol. " In this case, it's "The X Factor. " With its giant four-hour premiere running across two nights on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, the new Fox series is broadcasting its lofty ambitions: "The X Factor" wants to be the next blockbuster singing competition series. That's hardly an unfeasible achievement. The series, which was a huge hit in the U.K., comes courtesy of Simon Cowell, best known as "American Idol's" surly judge.
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July 21, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
"American Idol" creator Simon Fuller wants credit for Fox's new talent show "The X Factor. " In a suit filed Wednesday in California Superior Court against Fox Broadcasting Co. and "The X Factor" producer Fremantle North America Inc., Fuller said he was promised an executive producing credit on "The X Factor," which premieres this fall with former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell as the star. Fuller's lawsuit against Fox, which also airs "American Idol," and Fremantle is the latest twist in his complex relationship with Cowell, who was a judge not only on "American Idol" in the U.S. but also on Fuller's British version known as "Pop Idol.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2011 | By Ann Powers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Say it with me: Haley Reinhart. The name of "American Idol's" reigning big surprise doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? "Idol" never simply crowns a voice; it defines a brand. The details define and reinforce a contestant's appeal, from back story to song choice to sartorial style to naturalness onstage. Reinhart, now one of the show's three survivors, has taken quite a while to get herself together as a marketable star. Her slow, uneven evolution contrasts strikingly with that of her two remaining rivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Long the nation's most popular television series, "American Idol"has suddenly started to hit some flat notes - and it's threatening the money-making machine that has vaulted the Fox network to the top of the broadcast race. Although it's still a big hit that other networks would love to have, "Idol's" ratings this month slid to the lowest level since its debut in summer 2002. And last week for the first time, "Idol" was beaten by a head-to-head competitor,CBS'surging sitcom"The Big Bang Theory,"in the major ratings categories.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
The morning after "The X Factor's" American premiere last month, Simon Cowell got a call from his agent at Creative Artists Agency. The ratings were nowhere near the monster hit Cowell himself had predicted, but the agent believed that if the 12 million or so people who turned up for the premiere kept tuning in, the show would be fine. "But if you go down by 30% tonight, you're dead," Cowell remembered his agent adding ominously. Nearly a month later, "X Factor" still doesn't look ready to slay Cowell's old employer, "American Idol," in the TV-singing-competition grudge match.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The nation's most popular television show — "American Idol" — will be owned by private equity. Apollo Global Management has struck an all-cash deal to acquire CKX Inc., the parent of 19 Entertainment, producer of Fox's hit show, for $5.50 per share, putting the purchase price at about $509 million, a 25% premium from where CKX stock closed Monday. The sale, which is expected to close within the next two months, would end a period of uncertainty for CKX. In the last few years, several suitors including "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, CKX founder and former chairman Robert F.X. Sillerman and Hollywood dealmaker Allen Shapiro have each made overtures at CKX only to come away empty-handed.
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July 6, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The contest on "American Idol" is playing second fiddle to the contest for "American Idol." In recent weeks a fan club of investors has been circling CKX Inc., the company behind the Fox hit and No. 1 show on television. Among the suitors are "Idol's" creator, Simon Fuller, and Hollywood dealmaker Allen Shapiro. Shapiro is partnered with One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Fuller, former owner of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, is aligned with former Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins.
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