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Syco Entertainment’s international chief departs

George Levendis has departed Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment as head of international after more than seven years with the company, realscreen has confirmed. “George Levendis has now left his role as head ...
April 18, 2018

George Levendis has departed Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment as head of international after more than seven years with the company, realscreen has confirmed.

“George Levendis has now left his role as head of international at Syco TV,” a company spokesperson told realscreen. “We thank George for everything he has done for Syco and wish him all the best in his future pursuits.”

Levendis joined the Got Talent producer in January 2011 and was responsible for overseeing all international aspects of the Syco Television business, including key formats Got Talent and The X Factor.

He also managed such international formats as The Investigator, Keep It In The Family, La Banda, Beat The Brain, Red or Black and Food Glorious Food.

The Got Talent format, which has been produced in more than 70 territories worldwide, officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the highest number of adaptations, making it the ‘World’s Most Successful Reality TV Format.’

The X Factor, meanwhile, is produced in 54 territories and airs in 165 countries around the world.

Syco is currently in the process of recruiting to fill the void left by Levendis.

Prior to joining the London-headquartered formats producer, Levendis served as GM of Greek broadcaster Antenna TV, where he appeared as a judge on Greece’s adaptation of The X Factor. He was also SVP of global marketing at Sony BMG Music Entertainment and MD of Heaven Music & Antenna Entertainment.

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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