The creator and executive producer of Fox’s "American Idol" filed a lawsuit today in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that Fox and FremantleMedia reneged on a deal that would have given him full executive producer credit — and pay — for the upcoming Simon Cowell project "The X Factor," reports Deadline.com.
The suit claims that in 2005 Simon Fuller received a promise from Fox and FremantleMedia that when "The X Factor" launched an American incarnation, Fuller would receive his due given the similarities between the shows. Now that "X Factor" is in the works, Fuller says the companies have failed to keep that promise, prompting him to file the suit.
Fuller’s publicist issued a statement saying: "Simon Fuller filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantle in the State of California over their refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on the ‘X Factor’ television program in the U.S. Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action."
Fox responded with a statement calling the suit “without merit.”
The Fox statement says: "Mr. Fuller has not been hired, nor performed any duties, on the U.S. version of ‘The X Factor.’ His suit seeks payment and credit as an executive producer despite his neither having been approved by the required parties, nor hired, as such. We believe this lawsuit is without merit and we expect to prevail."