July 20, 2011

American Idol Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox Over Credit and Fees For X Factor

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Someone is always trying to get a piece of the pie and such is true for American Idol creator Simon Fuller. According to Reuters, Fuller thinks he has rights to executive producer fees and credits on the new US version of the X Factor. Here is a take from the link explaining more. I don’t understand why he thinks he should get money for something he’s never done on the show? Oh well.

Fuller said Fox and Fremantle made a deal with him in 2005 in which he agreed to drop the suit in exchange for an executive producer credit and fee on the American version of “X Factor.” The deal also included a confidental settlement, an agreement that Cowell would remain with “Idol” through 2010, and Fuller receiving a minority interest in “X Factor.”

But with the show just two months from airing, Fuller says, Fox and Fremantle have refused to grant him the executive producer credit or pay him a fee “‘commensurate with his duties and stature in the entertainment industry.”

Fox said in a statement: “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.”

A representative for Fuller said in a statement that 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.”

Fuller’s suit alludes to the recent phone hacking scandal at News Corp., Fox’s parent company, to suggest a culture of wrongdoing.

“Fox, and ultimately its’ parent company, News Corporation, have demonstrated a callous disregard for Fuller’s rights which, given recent developments, reflects a corporate culture – if not a pattern and practice – of wrongful behavior,” the suit reads.

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