LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- Fox has reached an agreement with cranky âAmerican Idolâ judge Simon Cowell that will ensure his continued on-air participation through at least five more seasons of the networkâs top-rated reality music competition.
Mr. Cowell, whose contract with Fox was set to expire after the 2006 installment of âIdolâ concluded, also settled a lawsuit with âIdolâ creator Simon Fuller, who had accused Mr. Cowell of using the âIdolâ format in his new U.K. talent show, âX-Factor.â
Fox also said it had made an agreement with Mr. Fullerâs 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America to extend their partnership to produce âIdol.â
The agreement also keeps Mr. Fuller and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, as executive producers on âIdol.â
Christopher Lisotta is a reporter for Crain Communicationsâ Television Week.