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29/11/2005

Agreement reached for next season of ‘American Idol’

FOX, 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America have entered into a new agreement that extends their relationships as the new season of ‘American Idol’ approaches.
Simultaneously, FOX also has reached an agreement with Simon Cowell that will ensure his continued on-air participation through at least five more seasons.
In addition to creating partnerships in areas such as wireless and the Internet, the agreement guarantees FOX will order additional seasons of American Idol, which was created by Simon Fuller and is co-owned and co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with FremantleMedia, Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment on television's No. 1 series,” said Peter Liguori, President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “And that news is only bettered by knowing Simon Cowell will bring his unique talents to American Idol for years to come.”
Simon Fuller commented: “This show has won awards and broken all kinds of records around the world and I’m delighted to be committing to a further run with FOX in the States. Simon Cowell is a key component of the incredible success of American Idol, and I’m delighted that we’ll continue working as a team with FremantleMedia and FOX.”
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO FremantleMedia North America, said: “This announcement is a real tribute to the show's continued success and a huge vote of confidence from FOX to all involved.
“It’s an extension of a long-term partnership that will enable all parties to further develop American Idol to its fullest potential.”
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