Simon Cowell Signs BGT Quartet Jack Pack To Syco Music

Simon-syco-black-backgroundQuartet Jack Pack have signed a recording contract with Syco Music, it is confirmed today.

The latter-day swing group captivated millions of TV viewers during this year’s Britain’s Got Talent auditions performing Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. They then dazzled the judges in the final with their rendition of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

Simon Cowell said of the band “I love this era of music, it only works if you’ve got great voices and if you respect the time and Jack Pack win on both counts. I’ve always wanted to work on this type of record so I am looking forward to us working together”.

The band is now made up of Sean Ryder Wolf, Alfie Palmer, Andrew Bourn and Martin McCafferty. They said: “It’s a dream come true for us to be signing to Syco Music. We’d like to thank Simon Cowell for believing in us and giving us this opportunity. We can’t wait to get to work in the studio and try to repay our supporters for the faith they have shown in us.”

The band will start working with the Syco Music team on their debut album which will take influences from the Rat Pack and swing music styles they are renowned for. Their debut album on Syco is due to be released in 2015.

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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

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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 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 Adds Mel B As The Final Judge To The X Factor Judging Panel

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Mel B Spices Up The X Factor!

Spice Girl Melanie B joins Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. Dermot O’Leary is back as host

The nation’s most talked about entertainment show today (11th June 2014) confirms its brand new judging panel with Spice Girl Melanie B becoming the fourth and final judge.

As part of the biggest selling female group of all time and the cultural phenomenon, which was The Spice Girls, Mel B has notched up a stunning 80 million record sales worldwide, including nine UK No.1s. She also has five prestigious BRIT Awards to her name.

Mel’s signing comes after she appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012, where she lived up to her scary nickname with her straight talking approach.

Talking about joining the panel Mel B says: “I’m so excited to be joining The X Factor – I loved being a guest judge back in 2012. I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year – whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong! Now I can’t wait to get started and find some amazing talent.”

The X Factor creator, Simon Cowell, says: “I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor.”

Mel B will join renowned music manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series. As previously announced, they are joining Simon and pop princess Cheryl Cole, who both make a celebrated return to the show for the first time since 2010.

The judges will be joined by award-winning broadcaster and presenter Dermot O’Leary, who is back to preside over the talent, tears and drama, while providing support to the aspiring stars.

Louis Walsh says, “It should be a fun year this year with both Simon and Cheryl returning and I think Mel will keep us all on our toes, she is Scary Spice after all.”

Dermot O’Leary says, “Mel was great as a guest judge a couple of years ago and she certainly doesn’t mince her words. With Mel on the panel, along with Simon, Cheryl and Louis, I’ll have my hands full – we’re going to be in for an exciting year.”

Filming for the new series begins next week with an audition tour taking place in four cities across the UK – Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Once again hopefuls will have to tackle two sets of audition rounds, starting with the intimate closed rooms in which they find themselves eyeball-to-eyeball in front of the judges. If they impress and get three or more yeses, they must then sing in an arena to prove they can impress a live audience.

Simon Cowell Confirms They Have Settled On A Fourth X Factor Judge and Asks 1D Fans To Stay Loyal

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Footage published online, which appeared to have been filmed by Louis Tomlinson during their tour in Peru, seemed to show him smoking cannabis with bandmate Zayn Malik.

Some fans of the boyband have criticised them but Cowell spoke in their favour during the Health Lottery fundraising event in London on Monday.

He said: “What I can say is, I’ve worked with the boys for a long time. They are the hardest working boys I’ve ever worked with, they still haven’t changed, they’re really respectful to their fans, they’re hard working, they’re a great British export, but that’s all I can really say.”

Asked if their fans would support them, he said: “I hope the fans stay loyal but that’s all I can really say.

“I’ve worked with a lot of artists in the past who do lose the plot and do lose respect for their fans and forget who put them there – they’ve never done that. They really do love their fans so I can only talk about my own personal relationship with them and they’ve been a joy to work with.”

Simon also said he had “settled” on the fourth judge for the next series of the X Factor. The choice will join Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh on the panel.

He said: “We’ve settled on someone and we’re going to make an announcement this week. It’s not just finding a name, it’s someone who’s going to do the job.

“They’ve got to really commit to the artists and that’s why it’s been a long decision. It’s a female.”

 

One Direction Take Fans By Surprise by Opening Saturday’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend

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One Direction have performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow.

The boys were the first act to take to the main stage on Glasgow Green on Saturday afternoon (May 24), after arriving via private jet.

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They kicked off their seven-song set with debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, before moving on to play hits such as ‘Best Song Ever’ and current single ‘You and I’.

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Simon Cowell’s First Animation Film Will Feature One Direction

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Just like The Beatles’ hugely successful Yellow Submarine, Harry Styles and co will star in a series of music animations.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment aims to appeal to new fans as young as five by cashing in on a deal with Animal Logic Entertainment according to the Star on Sunday.

The Australian-owned animation and special effects studio is behind a string of box office hits including The Lego Movie.

Boss Zareh Nalbandian said: “This is a perfect fit of complementary talents.”

Syco said in a statement last week that the partnership would “develop music-based animated and hybrid films”.

Simon, added: “The music has to be current.”

The boy’s  flourishing ­Hollywood career is set to win a new army of fans with at least two – and possibly more – full-length animated films next year and in 2016.

The boys will reportedly appear as cartoon characters and will also provide the voices.

A senior studio source said: “Simon wants to see almost a reinvention of the whole genre, with storylines woven around the boys’ songs and, eventually, songs written to specific storylines with ­spin-off albums.

“It’s an incredibly exciting prospect that may involve a mix of animation and live action. The animated stories will also free up One Direction to focus on this year’s Where We Are stadium world tour which is tipped to eclipse those of U2 and The Rolling Stones as the most profitable in history.