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

Simon Cowell Joins Pop Icons Mel B,

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 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’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.

SFX, Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and T-Mobile Launch a Groundbreaking Music Show “ULTIMATE DJ”

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Innovative Electronic Music Competition to Showcase

Fresh New DJ/Producer Talent and Creative Production Skills

SFX Entertainment,  Syco Entertainment and T-Mobile US, today announced they’re joining forces to produce a pioneering television show revolving around the booming electronic  music culture and showcasing and cultivating fresh new EMC DJ/producer talent and creative event production skills.

“Ultimate DJ” was developed by the Simon Cowell-led Syco Entertainment, and SFX, the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment.  T-Mobile,  is joining the pair to bring the innovative new show to viewers.

Robert FX Sillerman, Chairman & CEO of SFX Entertainment, Inc. “Bringing EMC to the world is our goal, and building a TV franchise in the USA is a key part of that strategy.  It’s always exciting to work with Simon Cowell, and the creative power of the Syco organization is undisputed. They are the perfect partners for our vision.

Simon Cowell of SYCO Entertainment said, “We have been developing this concept for a while but our partnership with SFX has been a real game-changer for this format.  It made complete sense for us to collaborate with SFX with their access to the best up-and-coming DJs and their great marketing platform to build new DJ talent. And I’m delighted to have T-Mobile on board with their brilliant vision and innovation.”

Kelly Belledegrun, Senior Syco Producer added, “This show will represent a visual and musical revolution and we can’t wait to showcase this to the world with our exciting new partners.”

The X Factor Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Will Close on 10th May

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In a surprise announcement tonight, Syco Entertainment and Stage Entertainment announced the closure of the X Factor Musical.

An official statement from the show reads:

Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment, the producers of I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium, have announced the closure of the production on Saturday 10th May 2014. The show received a series of rave reviews and standing ovations from thousands of theatre goers following its opening earlier this year.

Rebecca Quigley, CEO of Stage Entertainment UK, said: “We are sad to be bringing I Can’t Sing! to a close but are immensely proud to have co-produced the show. The West End can be an unpredictable place as the closure of a number of high profile productions recently has shown. I Can’t Sing! has had audiences on their feet night after night, four and five star reviews from the critics and an amazing company and creative team, but it seems that isn’t always enough.

To open any big musical, and particularly a brand new British musical comedy at the London Palladium, is no mean feat and hundreds of dedicated people have played a part in bringing this unique and wonderful show to the stage. I thank every one of those people and the audiences who have come to see the production.”

Nigel Hall, Syco Entertainment, said: “From the moment Harry Hill and Steve Brown told us their idea for I Can’t Sing we knew this was going to be a fun project. Alongside Stage Entertainment we’d like to thank the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this show. To everyone at Really Useful Theatres and the ever supportive staff at the London Palladium, and everyone involved in I Can’t Sing! I’d like to say a huge thanks and the very best of luck with their next venture.”

Ticket holders with seats booked for after Saturday May 10th should contact their original point of purchase.

Charles Garland Steps Down From His Position As CEO At Syco Entertainment

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Charles Garland has announced that he is leaving Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, of course, which includes the Syco TV business and record label.

Garland was promoted from his previous role at Syco, COO, to take the top job in 2012, having joined the company in 2011. He previously worked for then ‘Idol’ owner 19 Entertainment and ran his own band-brands partnership agency.

Announcing his departure, Garland said: “I leave the business in magnificent shape and poised for further growth. Throughout my career I have always been keen to push on and seek out new challenges and for me now is the right time to do so”.

Cowell added: “Charles is a true gentleman and a very talented executive. And I now wish him well with his future plans”.

SOURCE: Complete Music Update

Simon Cowell Delighted To Have Cheryl Cole – And Not Gary Barlow – On X Factor Panel

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Many TV viewers think Gary Barlow was the best thing about the last three years of The X Factor. But try telling that to Simon Cowell.

He’s simply delighted he’ll have Cheryl Cole alongside him on the panel of the hit show this year instead of the Take That star.

“The truth is, and I am not being rude, I wouldn’t hire him to run my record label,” says Cowell, making it more than clear he is not Barlow’s biggest fan.

“Essentially that is what you are doing on The X Factor. You have got to be wide-eyed and Cheryl, one of the main reasons she is coming back is she is good at that.

In this NEW interview Simon says he hopes Louis Walsh will return to the panel and who the fourth judge might be. He also hasn’t ruled out returning to the USA.

“When the time is right I will go back to America,” he says. “I have already been offered two shows over there.” “They still like me.”

Read the FULL INTERVIEW