SIMON COWELL SIGNS NEW DEAL AND RETURNS AS JUDGE ON NBC'S "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT" FOR NEXT THREE SEASONS
Television's #1 Summer Series Saw Big Ratings Uptick This Past Season and Now Cowell Keeps the Momentum By Staying on Board Through 2019
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Oct. 4, 2016 - Simon Cowell, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon "Got Talent" format and one of the most instrumental figures in television over the past two decades, has signed on for three years through 2019 as a judge on NBC's summer sensation "America's Got Talent."
Cowell, who served as a judge on the series for the first time this past season, will once again be joined by Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel when season 12 launches in summer 2017. Nick Cannon also returns as host.
"It was terrific to see Simon in his judge's chair this past season, bringing his unique expertise and enthusiasm to the show, night after night," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "His brilliance has made 'AGT' the industry leader that it is today and his ability to evaluate and spot talent is unmatched, so we couldn't be happier to have him seated at the judge's table for the next three years."
"America's Got Talent is a fantastic and - most importantly - fun show both to work on and to watch," said Cowell. "NBC have been brilliant partners and the entire team who make this show are one of the best in the world. I've loved this past season and look forward to discovering more great talent together in the years to come."
"Simon really understands how to spot talent, but he also knows how to have fun" said Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America President of Entertainment Programming and AGT Executive Producer. "We are delighted that he will be with us for the next 3 seasons, helping find the very best talent America has to offer."
Cowell is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Ari Emanuel brokered the deal.
"American's Got Talent" has reigned as television's #1 most-watched summer alternative series for each of its 11 seasons on the air, and this year ranked #1 among all summer series in adults 18-49 and total viewers. "Talent" surged to its highest adult 18-49 average in three years and most-watched season in five years. In 18-49, Tuesday and Wednesday editions of "Talent" averaged a 3.0 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, best for the show since 2013. This year's total-viewer average was 13.5 million, best since "Talent" delivered 13.6 million in 2011.
Cowell, who continues his role as executive producer of "America's Got Talent," is a music executive, TV producer and star of some of the highest-rated television shows in the world. His discerning eye for talent and candid remarks have transformed popular culture and made him a household name across the globe, influencing TV and music for more than a decade.
Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the world's leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the most successful global TV and music franchises. Syco's television assets include the global franchises "The X Factor" and "Got Talent," both of which are co-produced by FremantleMedia. Syco's music artists include One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Labrinth and Ella Henderson and now AGT's season 11 winner Grace Vanderwall. In total, Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 380 million records worldwide.
The Got Talent format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, making it the "Worlds Most Successful Reality TV Format." America's Got Talent airs in 186 countries around the globe.
"America's Got Talent" has long crowned winners who have had wildly successful careers, including ventriloquist extraordinaire and season two champ Terry Fator, who has performed to sold-out audiences at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas since 2008; magician Mat Franco, who won season nine on "AGT" and began his Las Vegas residency last year at the LINQ Hotel; season five quarterfinalist and classically trained violinist Lindsey Stirling, whose debut album racked up 97 million YouTube views and whose 2014 second album, "Shatter Me," debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart; and season five finalist Jackie Evancho, who auditioned for "AGT" when she was only 10 years old and saw her debut EP "O Holy Night" go platinum with sales exceeding 1 million copies.
In the just-concluded 11th season, 12-year-old singer and ukulele player Grace VanderWaal was voted the winner and earned $1 million. VanderWaal, who will headline inside the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 27-30, won over viewers with her incredible musical performances and talent that outshone thousands of acts, including finalists Jon Dorenbos, Sofie Dossi, Tape Face, The Clairvoyants, Viktor Kee, Laura Bretan, Sal Valentinetti, Brian Justin Crum and Linkin Bridge.
Auditions for Season 12 are now open. Please click on agtauditions.com for more details.
"America's Got Talent" is co-produced and co-owned by Simon Cowell/Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a premier content studio. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Random House Studio, Original Productions and 495 Productions, create entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and digital partners. Its diverse, critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate includes America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Jay Leno's Garage (CNBC) Married to Medicine (Bravo), Blue Collar Millionaires (CNBC), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), Celebrity Name Game (SYN), To Tell The Truth (ABC), Match Game (ABC), Hollyweed (Independent) and American Gods (STARZ), among others. FMNA also operates BUZZR, a retro game show channel that launched in 2015, and is available in the top 10 U.S. markets, and 65 percent of the country.
FMNA is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebookpage.
ABOUT SYCO ENTERTAINMENT
Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the world's leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the most successful global TV and music franchises and is the world's most successful producer of international talent. Syco Music was named the UK's number 1 record label for both A&R and sales in 2014 and is home to international best-selling artists who have sold more than 300 million records to date. Syco is the record label home to Labrinth, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, IL Divo, Fifth Harmony, and Ella Henderson amongst others. Syco's television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. Around the world, The X Factor airs in 168 countries and is watched by more than a half billion people. The Got Talent format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, making it the "Worlds Most Successful Reality TV Format." America's Got Talent airs in 186 countries around the globe and has been the #1 US summer reality series for the past decade. Syco Film have recently partnered with Animal Logic (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet) to produce a number of music-based live action-hybrid animated movies.