Simon Cowell renews multi-year deal with NBC, will continue to judge 'America's Got Talent'
Simon Cowell joined 'America's Got Talent' as a judge for season 11 in 2016 and will now continue in the post after signing the new multi-year deal
Simon Cowell, who's best known for his stint as a judge on 'American Idol' as well as for creating the global 'Got Talent' franchise, has agreed to renew his multi-year deal with NBC as a judge on 'America's Got Talent.' The franchise is the biggest TV format in history and Cowell, whose Syco Entertainment owns it, will continue to remain an executive producer on the series.
The 58-year-old was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had joined 'America's Got Talent' as a judge for season 11 in 2016. He joined a panel that already consisted of Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum, and would go on to have a profound impact on some of the contestants' careers.
"Simon Cowell is an extraordinary showman whose success stories over the years on multiple continents speak for themselves," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled that he will continue as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and that his stewardship of the franchise will go forward for many years to come."
Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America President of Entertainment Programming, similarly said: "Few people have impacted the world of entertainment as significantly as Simon Cowell," adding: "He knows what it takes to find and nurture talent, and he knows how to entertain an audience, creating enduring and much-loved formats. We look forward to continuing our creative partnership."
Cowell also addressed the topic of his renewal, saying: "I want to thank NBC for their continued passion and belief for ‘America’s Got Talent’ over the past few years. Without NBC, we wouldn’t be making ‘Got Talent’ and I’m very proud to work with them. Together, with a fantastic production team, we have been able to attract the best talent in the world. I’m very excited for the next few years."
He will also be serving as a judge and executive producer on 'America's Got Talent: The Champions,' which is set to launch this winter and air on Mondays in between seasons of 'The Voice.' According to NBC, the series will bring together "some of the most talented, memorable, wackiest, and all-round favorites from the past seasons of 'AGT' for the ultimate display of talent." Furthermore, some of the most popular acts from the other global 'Got Talent' franchises, spanning 194 territories, will come to share their talents and compete against one other.
'America’s Got Talent' and 'Got Talent' was created and is co-owned by Cowell and Syco’s co-producers FremantleMedia North America. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.