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America’s got Simon Cowell as talent judge ’til 2019

Simon Cowell, creator of the worldwide “Got Talent” format, has signed on for three years as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (AGT). The deal, which will see Cowell (pictured) remain in ...
October 4, 2016

Simon Cowell, creator of the worldwide “Got Talent” format, has signed on for three years as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (AGT).

The deal, which will see Cowell (pictured) remain in the judge’s seat until 2019, comes after the American broadcaster saw an uptick in viewers of the reality show over the summer. This year, the show ranked number one among all summer series in adults 18-49 -years-old and total viewers, according to NBC. This year’s total-viewer average was 13.5 million, the best ratings since AGT delivered 13.6 million viewers in 2011.

The gains coincided with Cowell’s first term as judge on the U.S. version, alongside Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.

The four will return to the show when season 12 launches in summer 2017. Nick Cannon also returns as host.

Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and reality group for NBC Entertainment, wasn’t shy in his praise for Cowell, whose prodco, Syco Entertainment, is also behind  global talent-competition franchises such as The X Factor, which, along with “Got Talent”, is co-produced by FremantleMedia.

“(Cowell’s) 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,” said Telegdy in a statement.

The “Got Talent” format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, with the American version airing in 186 countries around the globe.

Cowell is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Ari Emanuel brokered the deal.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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