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Fox Reaches Deal To Keep Judge and Producer

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LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- Fox has reached an agreement with cranky “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell that will ensure his continued on-air participation through at least five more seasons of the network’s top-rated reality music competition.

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Simon Cowell
Mr. Cowell, whose contract with Fox was set to expire after the 2006 installment of “Idol” concluded, also settled a lawsuit with “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, who had accused Mr. Cowell of using the “Idol” format in his new U.K. talent show, “X-Factor.”

Fox also said it had made an agreement with Mr. Fuller’s 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America to extend their partnership to produce “Idol.”

The agreement also keeps Mr. Fuller and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, as executive producers on “Idol.”

Christopher Lisotta is a reporter for Crain Communications’ Television Week.

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