‘American Idol’ Replaces Director, Brings In an Industry Heavyweight

Dec 20, 2013  •  Post A Comment

“American Idol” is getting more than new showrunners and a revamped judges’ panel as it regroups in an effort to pump up ratings for the upcoming season.

The Fox singing competition has also tapped seven-time Emmy Award-winning director Louis J. Horvitz as the show’s director for the "American Idol XIII" season, Deadline.com reports.

Horvitz, who replaces Gregg Gelfand in the role, is described in the report as “one of the go-to directors for live TV, having overseen the live broadcasts of the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors ceremonies.”

His work on the Oscars has earned him five Primetime Emmy Awards, while he has taken home two trophies for his work on the Kennedy Center Honors, including one earlier this year. He has a total of 17 Primetime Emmy nominations for directing, going back to 1995.

“Idol” will return to Fox Jan. 15 for the start of a two-night, four-hour premiere.

louis j horvitz with taylor swift.jpgLouis J. Horvitz with Taylor Swift at rehearsal for the CMAs

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  1. I first worked with Lou in 1976 and for many a taping/broadcast over the years since.
    I knew weeks ago that he would be adding IDOL to his credits. I know it will be a WIN-WIN for all concerned.
    He is a Director’s Director with a total grasp of the medium and what it can do.
    His view is ever evolving and growing.
    Peter Bright

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