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Fuller sues Fox, Fremantle over “X Factor USA”

Though the U.S. version of The X Factor has yet to hit the air, the show has already become the subject of a lawsuit, with Idol creator Simon Fuller suing broadcaster Fox and producer FremantleMedia in a row over fees and an exec producer credit.
July 21, 2011

Though the U.S. version of The X Factor has yet to hit the air, the show has already become the subject of a lawsuit, with Idol creator Simon Fuller suing broadcaster Fox and producer FremantleMedia in a row over fees and an exec producer credit.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, Fuller claimed he is owed an executive producer credit and a fee for the American version of talent show The X Factor, which will launch on Fox in September.

The dispute stems from a 2005 settlement between Fuller and X Factor creator/former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, after a legal battle in the UK surrounding Pop Idol (on which American Idol is based) and the UK X Factor.

According to Fuller, as part of the settlement Cowell agreed that The X Factor would not launch in the U.S. until 2011, and that if it did Fuller would receive a fee and an exec producer credit.

In a statement, a spokesman for Fuller said: “Mr 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.”

In a joint statement, Fox and FremantleMedia refuted Fuller’s claim: “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.”

An initial hearing in the case is scheduled for November 7 in California.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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