/// Fuller Sues Fox For ‘X Factor’ Slight

July 20, 2011  |  Media Week

The two Simons are at it again. Feuding British TV producers Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller are engaged in another legal contretemps, as Fuller is suing Fox Broadcasting over Cowell’s upcoming competition series, The X Factor . In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Fuller asserts that Fox has gone back on an earlier agreement to give him an executive producer credit (and the fees associated with the title) on the American version of The X Factor , which was the most sought-after property in this year’s upfront. This isn’t the first time Fuller has locked horns with Fox and the production company FremantleMedia. In 2004, the producer sued over alleged similarities between his singing competition series, Pop Idol , and Cowell’s X Factor . (The latter show was actually developed as a replacement for Pop Idol , which wrapped in 2003 after two seasons.) Fox and Fremantle eventually reached a settlement with Fuller. According to the most recent lawsuit, the two parties agreed to grant him the desired credit in 2005. Another provision of the settlement ensured that Cowell would not launch an American version of The X Factor for at least five years. Pop Idol was exported to these shores in 2002 under the banner American Idol . Cowell served as an Idol judge for nine seasons, before leaving the program last year. Idol was the most expensive advertising showcase on the dial last season, as an average 30-second spot cost $475,000 a pop . Cowell will bring his caustic critical faculties to the set of The X Factor , where he’ll join forces with former Idol co-star Paula Abdul. Also on the judges’ stand are Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Sherzinger and Epic chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. The original version of The X Factor is a huge hit in England, delivering an average audience of 14.3 million viewers in season seven. The Dec

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