Simon Cowell and Betty Boop Team Up For Feature Length Film

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Animal Logic Entertainment and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment today announced their plan to develop and produce Betty Boop’s first feature-length film.

Partnering with Fleischer Studios, Animal Logic and Syco Entertainment will produce a music-driven hybrid animated comedy featuring universally adored screen starlet Betty Boop.

Queen of the animation world, Betty Boop is one of the most loved and sought-after animated characters of the past and present centuries with accolades spanning film and television, fashion and music. Having first hit screens in 1930 with numerous appearances in Max Fleischer’s Talkartoons and her own “Betty Boop” cartoon series, her popularity has continued to grow through the decades.

Betty’s last movie appearance was a cameo in the blockbuster movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988). Her millions of fans spanning generations have made her one of the most recognizable characters in the world and are eagerly awaiting her return to the silver screen.

The film, which will be produced by Zareh Nalbandian and Jason Lust from Animal Logic and Simon Cowell and Adam Milano from Syco, promises to be an exciting addition to the Animal Logic and Syco Entertainment growing development slate with broad audience appeal.

Of today’s announcement, Betty Boop said, “I’m so excited to return to the big screen – and I only work with the best! Let’s have some fun, Simon. Boop-Oop-a-Doop!”

Simon Cowell said, “Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world – I’m thrilled to be working with her. Betty, I’ve worked with some serious divas but I think you could be the biggest of them all!”

“I am delighted to partner with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic,” said Mark Fleischer, Chairman and CEO of Fleischer Studios. “Their energy, creativity and playfulness make them a perfect fit for Betty Boop.”

Jason Lust from Animal Logic said, “I’ve been trying to get Betty to the dance for years now.  Can’t believe she’s finally said ‘Yes.’

Adam Milano, Syco’s Head of Film said “Betty is the original funny girl and to be able to create a music-driven comedy with her at the center is an amazing opportunity

The official Betty Boop Web site is www.bettyboop.com.

Simon Cowell Launches The X Factor UK in America

AXS TV PREMIERES ‘THE X FACTOR UK’

FLAGSHIP VERSION OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR MUSIC COMPETITION SERIES ‘THE X FACTOR’ PREMIERES ON AXS TV

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31—LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Music Manager Louis Walsh

Dermot O’Leary Serves as Host of the 34-Episode Series

LOS ANGELES – August 6, 2014 – Cable’s premier music entertainment channel AXS TV is the official U.S. broadcast home for the upcoming eleventh season of the international mega-hit The X Factor UK. AXS TV has signed an agreement with FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Syco Entertainment, bringing the flagship UK version of the popular singing competition to the United States for the first time ever. The brainchild of world-renowned producer and music expert Simon Cowell, The X Factor UK is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK).

Season 11 will feature a pair of famous faces that will be instantly recognizable to American audiences, as Cowell makes his much anticipated return to the panel for the first time in three years. Additionally, former Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent fan-favorite Mel B will make her first appearance as a full-time judge, after previously serving as a guest on the series. Joining the duo is UK pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who is also returning for the first time in three years, and esteemed music manager Louis Walsh, making his eleventh consecutive appearance since 2004. Award-winning broadcaster and host, Dermot O’Leary, will host the festivities, while also providing support to the aspiring stars.

The X Factor UK contestants compete in two sets of audition rounds, taking place across the UK in Manchester, London, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. In the initial closed room auditions, contestants will find themselves face-to-face with the judges for the first time. If they impress the panel and receive three or more “yes” votes, they will move on to perform in a packed arena in front of a live audience. AXS TV will air all 34 episodes of the series, beginning with the opening audition shows, in addition to special boot camp installments and live broadcasts.

The X Factor UK airs on AXS TV Sundays and Mondays starting August 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, 24 hours after the respective UK broadcasts. Each program will re-air the same night after the first broadcast.

THE X FACTOR Weekly Broadcast Schedule on AXS TV

Sundays

8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT   Episode 1 – US Premiere – August 31/same night re-air

Mondays

8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT   Episode 2 – US Premiere – September 1/same night re-air

Simon Cowell and the X Factor Judges film a ‘Game of Thrones’ Themed Advert

 

xf-promo2-simon-ed-cThe X Factor judges have reportedly filmed a Game of Thrones themed advert.

Simon Cowell, Cheryl, Mel B and Louis Walsh

were joined by hundreds of extras at Pinewood Studios shooting the reported £1 million trailer, the most expensive in the show’s history.

The short film – which took a week to film – sees the quartet lead singing warrior armies into war as they prepare to do battle to take the X Factor throne, echoing the fantasy drama which sees warring families competing to take control of the seven kingdoms

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The advert, which was reportedly helmed by One Direction music video director Ben Winston, also made extensive use of green screen and CGI technology.

Mel B shouts: “Things are about to get loud.”

Cheryl winks and orders her ‘army’ to charge, while Simon warns: “It’s time to get down to business.”

The new advert will air for the first time on ITV tonight.

More photos from a X Factor promo shoot on our Promo page

Simon Cowell Named Mipcom 2014 Personality of the Year.

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Simon Cowell has been named MIPCOM 2014 Personality of the year.

The MIPCOM award recognises an entertainment industry creative icon.

Entertainment industry creative icon Simon Cowell is to be honoured as the MIPCOM 2014 Personality of the Year.

The TV and film producer, music label boss and internationally-renowned talent show judge will receive his award at a gala dinner for industry executives at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Tuesday 14 October. On Monday 13 October, Cowell will give a keynote interview in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals.

One of the best-known faces on TV screens in the world, Cowell has transformed popular culture in the 21st century through his wide-reaching TV and music enterprise.

“Simon Cowell is a visionary producer whose television franchises are on air in almost 200 territories around the world, underlining his status as a global creative icon. In recognition of his amazing career as a creator of international formats and his formidable impact on the entertainment industry as a whole, we are honoured to welcome him to Cannes as the MIPCOM 2014 Personality of the Year,” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed MIDEM, organiser of MIPCOM.

Cowell’s Syco Entertainment is a world-renowned music, film, and television production company responsible for some of the most successful global music and television franchises. Syco’s television assets include the two international phenomenon formats: “Got Talent” and “The X Factor” both created by Simon Cowell. The Syco Music roster includes stars such as One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Ella Henderson, Il Divo, Labrinth, Cher Lloyd, Fifth Harmony, Alex & Sierra, and Collabro.

Under Cowell’s stewardship, Syco Entertainment continues to develop global TV formats that have appeal throughout the TV, Film and digital world.

In April, “Got Talent” was officially named the World’s Most Successful Reality Television Format by The Guinness Book of Records. Alongside Syco’s longstanding co-production partner, FremantleMedia, original versions of Got Talent are now being produced in 62 territories worldwide. Emmy-nominated “America’s Got Talent” has been the No.1 rated summer programme ever since its launch in June 2006. Now in its ninth consecutive season, the show currently airs in 193 countries worldwide.

“The X Factor” is now produced in 49 territories around the world since its launch in the UK in 2004 where it remains the #1 entertainment show and a cultural phenomenon. The format has launched more superstar artists’ careers than any other TV format. Artists discovered by the show worldwide have sold more than 160 million records, including 170 No.1 hits, and 380 Top 10 records.

In 2002, Cowell became lead judge of the fledgling “American Idol.” By the final of the second series in 2003, a staggering 38 million Americans were tuning in to watch Cowell on the show. Cowell was the lead judge on the US “X Factor” for three years from 2011 before leaving to make his return to the UK show as a judge for its 11th season, which begins in August 2014.

In August 2013, Cowell produced his first feature film, “One Direction: This Is Us.” The movie debuted at No.1 at both the US and UK box offices, before going on to enjoy international success.

For his newest take on the singing competition genre, Cowell has teamed up with Univision to create “La Banda,” a series which will search the US and Latin America for the next Latino boy band in 2015. Syco also recently announced a ground-breaking new music show, “Ultimate DJ,” in partnership with SFX and T Mobile.

Simon Cowell Treats Lauren Silverman To A Meal And Bling For Her Birthday.

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Simon Cowell knows how to treat a lady. Simon gave his girlfriend Lauren Silverman’s jewellery to celebrate her 37th birthday.

During the evening, Cowell also treated Silverman to a small dinner party at Red Stixs, an upscale Chinese restaurant in the Hamptons. While there, guests sang Happy Birthday to Silverman who was presented with a gorgeous cake.

“It was a happy, relaxing day,” a source tells E! News. “Everything with them is great.”

“They’ve been there a lot this summer,” another source told E! News of the couple’s dinner destination. “They seem to really love it.”

While the couple has enjoyed spending quality time in the Hamptons, a new vacation destination could soon be in their future.

“It will be on a boat,” a source hinted to E! News. “Everyone’s really looking forward to it.”

One Direction Announce ‘Where We Are’ The Concert Film

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IN CINEMAS WORLDWIDE FOR ONE WEEKEND ONLY ON 11TH & 12TH OCTOBER 2014.

In a surprise announcement last night, One Direction announce a film of their ‘Where We Are’ concert will be in cinemas worldwide for one weekend only on 11th & 12th October.

The concert was recorded at the iconic San Siro Stadium in Milan, and the cinema release will also include 15 minutes of never before seen footage of the band.

The film was produced by Simon Cowell and it’s been revealed that there will be more than 10,000 screenings worldwide, so there should be more than enough opportunities to catch it once or twice before it heads to DVD.

One Direction were filmed for the duration of their concert in San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy and along with footage of the gig, the film will also feature clips of the singers backstage before and after the show.

A source close to the band said “This could become the biggest concert movie ever — there’s going to be more than 10,000 screenings internationally.

“So many 1D fans didn’t get the chance to buy tickets to the band’s show because the stadium tour sold out – but this means no one will have to miss out.”

America’s Got Talent Renewed By NBC, A New Show On The Horizon And Simon Cowell Is Teaching Eric to Swim

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America’s Got Talent is renewed for a 10th season by NBC, the format – which is executive produced and was created by Simon Cowell and is co-owned and produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia –  can boast world-record breaking appeal and massive successes in the US as well as around the world.

The award winning entertainment format is officially the “Most Successful Reality TV Format in the World “ – with local versions sold to 62 countries, holding the Official all-time Guinness World Record for this achievement.America’s Got Talent is broadcast in an incredible 193 countries and in the US has been ranked the #1 summer program every year since its first season in 2006.

Simon Cowell said We are thrilled that America’s Got Talent will be coming back for its 10th year in 2015 and I would like to thank NBC for their continued support. This is great news following the Guinness World Record title for the Most Successful Reality TV format in the World. As always with this show, we hope to find a star and this years talent in America looks really, really good”

“There’s so many music shows on at the moment, there was always going to be this problem of dilution. The whole reason we devised ‘Talent’ is it was supposed to be different,” Cowell said.

He attributes its success worldwide in large part to careful handling by FremantleMedia, its co-owner and producer with Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. The program airs just once a year in each market to avoid wearing out the format’s welcome.

In contrast, he considers his U.S. version of “The X Factor” singing contest a victim of overcrowding, canceled by Fox after three seasons. Simon said if he had it to do over again he would have insisted Fox choose between it or network sibling “American Idol.”

“Having two shows and ‘The Voice’ (on NBC) running at the same time was way too much,” he said. “If they had kept with ‘X Factor’ and had more confidence in it, the show would have done what it is in the U.K.,” where it’s a hit.

Simon also announced he is planning on returning to the arena with another singing contest. It’s been in development for about eight months and will have a new twist — he’s keeping that secret — to distinguish itself from the competition, he said.

He’ll present the idea to U.S. networks when he thinks it’s ready, he said, along with another talent show that he’s working on that, like “AGT,” isn’t solely just music-related.

On a personal note he’s revelling in first-time fatherhood with his infant son with his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman.

“He’s amazing. We’re in the Hamptons (in New York) at the moment, taking a break. He’s 5 months old, learning to swim,”