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Jennifer Lopez Close to Renewing Her 'American Idol' Contract

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 25th 2011 6:45AM
Jennifer LopezIt seems as though the game of cat and mouse that Jennifer Lopez has been playing with 'American Idol' execs all summer may soon be at an end.

According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' Lopez is close to signing a deal that will bring her back to the 'American Idol' judging panel for at least one more season.

When Lopez's original one-year contract -- estimated at $12 million -- expired back in May she said she was "on the fence" about committing to the series for another season, and she's been pitching her own TV talent show to networks.

'Idol' execs, in return, then let it be known that they were lining up possible replacements should they be unable to lure her back.

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'American Idol' Creator Sues Over 'The X Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:00PM
Simon Cowell, Simon FullerFirst a booted judge and now a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The drama with 'The X Factor' has reached new heights -- before the show even premieres. Simon Fuller, creator of 'American Idol,' is suing Fox and Fremantle North America -- producer of both shows -- for a stake in 'The X Factor.'

"Today Simon Fuller filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantle in the State of California over their refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on the 'X Factor' television program in the US. Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action," Fuller's publicist said in a statement to Deadline.

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Simon Fuller to Launch 'Dream' Show

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 17th 2009 10:53AM
It's a reality show that will actually be real. And it won't be one weekly episode, shot, edited and promoted for prime time. It'll be a round-the-clock scene, the closest that media has come to creating the world of the Jim Carrey film 'The Truman Show.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'American Idol' mogul Simon Fuller will launch 'If I Can Dream,' a series which follows five young people -- two actresses, one actor, a model and a musician -- hoping to make it in Hollywood. The aspiring entertainers will live together in a home in Hollywood Hills, with their experience to be streamed on MySpace, Clear Channel Radio and Hulu.

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FOX orders season five of So You Think You Can Dance

by Kristin Sample, posted Aug 4th 2008 2:23AM
SYTYCD logoLooks like next summer we are getting another season of So You Think You Can Dance. The dance competition will continue to rule the summer with its fifth season next year.

This shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone -- whether you watch the show or not. It's basically the American Idol of the summertime, the off-season Lythgoe/Fuller powerhouse. The ratings are stellar. Both Wednesday and Thursday telecasts rank number one in their respective time periods in all key demographics. Furthermore, the show has been Emmy nominated, earning four nods this year for choreography by Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, and Mandy Moore.

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Idol songwriting competition back on track

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 6th 2007 1:02PM
Carrie UnderwoodDo you write the songs that make the whole world sing? Do you write the songs of love and special things? Do you write the songs that make the young girls cry? If so, you could be the next person to have your dreams come true courtesy of American Idol.

Producer Simon Fuller announced the launch of American Idol's much anticipated songwriting competition, that was first on, then probably off, but now definitely back on. The contest gives one lucky songwriter the chance to write the single that will be heard by millions on Idol's grand finale show.

Fuller said, "Having an undiscovered songwriter create the winner's single seemed like a natural next step for our show . . . This show has always been, and will continue to be, all about fulfilling dreams."

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Can Idol producer save Michael Jackson's career?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 10th 2007 3:45PM
Michael Jackson's BadMichael Jackson needs a career comeback in a big way. According to Page Six, Idol creator Simon Fuller may be just the man who can make that happen. Or at least Wacko Jacko hopes so.

Jackson reportedly has met several times with Fuller in Las Vegas to discuss his comeback strategy. Robin Leach called it a "perfect match" with "the world's biggest pop star being looked after by the most successful mogul manager in the world."

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