Simon Fuller, the man behind “American Idol,” has sued Fox and Fremantle over executive producer credit for “The X Factor” he claims were given to him in 2005, according to Deadline.com .
It’s a complicated story. Fuller had sued Simon Cowell in the U.K. over similarities between his ‘U.K. Pop Idol” and the U.K. version of “X Factor.” As part of the settlement, he said he was promised an executive producer credit on the U.S. “X Factor.”
He didn’t get it so he is suing based on breach of contract.
“Mr. Fuller has not been hired, nor performed any duties, on the U.S. version of The X Factor. 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.”
-And in other news, Ryan Seacrest’s production company is producing a reality show focused on the Persian-American community in Los Angeles called “Shahs of Sunset.”
- Auditions begin Friday in Charleston, S.C., the first time “Idol” has been to that lovely city. Already, thousands have pre-registered. We’ll see if the South can outdraw some of the other cities so far.
- I’m supposed to be talking to Lauren Alaina today, assuming she’ s healthy. (She was too ill yesterday for my originally scheduled phone interview.). We’ll see.