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Creator of "American Idol" Sues for Stake in Rival Show "The X Factor"

According to the Associated Press, entertainment magnate Simon Fuller is suing Fox TV regarding an alleged breach of contract that involves the U.S. version of the television show “The X Factor,” created by Simon Cowell. Fuller is also the creator of the popular TV show “American Idol.” The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday, July 20, in Los Angeles.

Fuller alleges he is due credit as an executive producer on the show as well as a fee for “The X Factor,” which is scheduled to start in the fall on Fox. Fox will air both “The X Factor” and “American Idol” and Fremantle Media will produce both shows. Fuller claims he was “contractually promised” both the fee and the credit in an agreement made in 2005 between him, Fox, and Fremantle Media North America, which co-produces “The X Factor” as well as “American Idol.” According to Fuller, the agreement also promised him that “The X Factor” would not air in the U.S. until 2011 and that Cowell would continue to be a judge on “American Idol” for five more seasons.

The agreement was made as part of a settlement after Fuller dropped a copyright lawsuit against Cowell regarding resemblances between the format “American Idol” is based upon and “The X Factor.” The lawsuit is disputed by both Fremantle and Fox, who claim that Fuller was not hired by either firm and did not perform duties on the U.S. version of “The X Factor.”

The initial hearing for the lawsuit is scheduled for early November in Santa Monica, California.

Art Matthews is a Los Angeles business contract breach attorney, and can help you determine what the best course of action is if you are a part of a dispute that involves a contract dispute. Call Mr. Matthews at The Matthews Law Firm, Inc., at 800-449-4850 to get started now.

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