A show from Simon Cowell that has been in the works for more than a year has been scrapped, and the project — a DJ competition — appears to be a casualty of a tussle between Cowell and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s company over who would get top billing, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.
Cowell’s Syco said in January that it would produce a competition show for DJs, working with the Smiths’ production company Overbrook Entertainment. Syco confirmed that the two companies have canceled plans to proceed, the story notes.
According to one source the production plans ended because Cowell wanted to be billed as the top producer, while the Smiths and Overbrook didn’t agree, the story notes. A representative for Overbrook declined to comment.
Another source said the differences among the parties weren’t about producer credits, adding: “There were some deal points that couldn’t be worked out, and Sony and Overbrook walked away.”