'Idol' Creator Sues for Stake in Rival 'X-Factor'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The creator of "American Idol" has sued the
show's broadcaster and producer seeking a stake in a rival musical
competition show called "The X-Factor."

Simon Fuller's lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.,
seeks an executive producer credit and the appropriate fees on
"X-Factor," which was created by former "Idol" judge Simon
Cowell.

Fuller's lawsuit is against Fox Broadcasting Co., which will air
both shows, and "Idol" production company Fremantlemedia North
America.

In a joint statement, Fox and Fremantle called Fuller's case
meritless and claim he has done nothing to justify either payment
or executive producer credit.

Fuller disagrees, stating the companies guaranteed him a stake
in "X-Factor" in a 2005 settlement that kept "X-Factor" from
airing in the United States until 2011. Both shows originated in
England.


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