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Fox Signs Deal With Cowell, ‘Idol’ Producers

Nov 29, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox has reached an agreement with cranky “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell that will ensure his continued on-air participation through at least five more seasons of the network’s top-rated reality music competition.

Mr. Cowell, whose contract with Fox was set to expire after the 2006 installment of “Idol” concluded, also settled a lawsuit with “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, who had accused Mr. Cowell of using the “Idol” format in his new United Kingdom talent show, “X-Factor.”

Fox also announced Tuesday that it has made an agreement with Mr. Fuller’s 19 Entertainment Ltd. and FremantleMedia North America to extend their partnership to produce “Idol.”

The agreement also keeps Mr. Fuller and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, as executive producers on “Idol.”