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Litigious Simon Fuller sues Fox, Fremantle over U.S. “X Factor”

AP photo of Simon Fuller

AP photo of Simon Fuller

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.

Fox’s response:

“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.

16 comments Add your comment

Rodney Ho

July 20th, 2011
3:57 pm

Just spoke with Lauren Alaina. Didn’t get any brilliant insights but her cast is off and she’s ambulatory again. So that’s good. And her vocal cords are 100%, she said.

JTesla

July 20th, 2011
4:00 pm

What is it with British guys named Simon and bad haircuts? Sounds like a case of sour grapes or some free publicity.

Ryan’s new show… yawn.

Auditions: January is too far away for me to get too excited.

Lauren: looking forward to the interview.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2011
4:11 pm

Isn’t this kinda like biting the hand that feeds you…then again, there’s plenty of hands who would want to feed him so, maybe not.

Harriett

July 20th, 2011
4:23 pm

He actually bears a family resemblance to Simon Cowell. ;)

Rickster

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Man…. Charleston in the middle of summer? The humidity is going to be brutal. But what a beautiful city.

Rickster

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Bugging out folks. Gotta go help our son, d-i-l & grandson unpack & move in.

Harriett

July 20th, 2011
5:01 pm

Me, too. Bye!

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Nutmeg

July 20th, 2011
10:36 pm

This is all very interesting, but let’s talk about that other lawsuit… Kim Kardashian suing Old Navy. Discuss.

JTesla

July 20th, 2011
10:50 pm

The model in question, Melissa Molinaro, looks nothing like Kim Kardashian. However, isn’t there already case law involving celebs suing porn manufacturers over using look a alike… and losing?

Of course, who am I to question it, because the one thing that Kim Kardashian is very intelligent about is marketing Kim Kardashian.

Highlander

July 21st, 2011
1:29 am

Sorry, Kim, but you’re over-reacting. And all The Gap has to do (if they believe the case has any merit) is add a tiny (like 8pt.) disclaimer. They probably already have one ready to go.

We will continue to be an overly litigious society until (or if ever) a ‘Loser Pays’ system is enacted. That would cut down on a fair amount of frivolous lawsuits.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2011
7:21 am

Morning!

Agreeing with JT. Kim’s name is in the news, isn’t it? Paris Hilton walked out on an interviewer when his questions suggested that we might have all lost interest in her. Kim is just making sure that her “career” stays current.

I’ve been fast-forwarding through the dvr’d AGT. So there is is not a single act that has my attention or even hopes for the future. Yawn!

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2011
9:16 am

Morning!

Poor Simon – thought he could escape Other Simon’s gravitational pull.

Nutmeg

July 21st, 2011
10:40 am

Bette Midler successfully sued Ford for using a *sound-alike* in a TV commercial, and Jackie-O was able to stop somebody from using a lookalike model (Christian Dior, I think?) in a print ad. It’s not that farfetched to think a judge might find for Kim, who has a deal with Sears that could be fiscally damaged if she’s perceived as an Old Navy spokesperson. >:)

(Devil’s advocate, of course. I am not losing sleep over poor Kim Kardashian’s copyright infringement).

Harriett

July 21st, 2011
10:48 am

New thread up. Adam fans will love this!

Ed

July 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

Just a small correction, Idol was also in Charleston in 2008. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1171407/