The chairman of the company that owns 19 Entertainment, the co-producer of "American Idol," said yeasterday, August 10, that, "We’ve heard from Fox, who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on ‘Idol.’
"They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for ‘American Idol’ ’09, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for ’10 and ’11, indicating to us that they’re finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that quite obviously."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s what Robert Sillerman said yesterday during a second quarter earings call with analysts and reporters. Sillerman is chairman and CEO of CKX, which owns 19 Entertainment, the company that co-produces "Idol" with FremantleMedia.
But it is Fox Broadcasting, not the producers, who pay the judges, Sillerman said, according to THR. Thus he had nothing to add during the call on the Paula Abdul situation.
Also, since CKX doesn’t pay the judges he did not discuss Cowell’s salary. However, reportedly Cowell has been asking for $45 million per year, up from his current $36 million annually.
Cowell’s current contract expires at the end of the upcoming TV season.