Simon Cowell announced in January that his production company Syco would produce an “American Idol”-type show for DJs with Will and Jada Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment, as well as Sony Pictures Television.
But, according to the New York Post, the talent show has been scrapped, reportedly over a power struggle between Simon and the Smiths. Simon wanted top billing on the show’s credits. Lawyers were brought in to “haggle”.
A rep for Syco confirmed to Page Six: “Syco and Overbrook decided not to proceed together on a DJ-competition show.”
“It’s not happening anymore because of Simon,” a source said. Another source added, “There were some deal points that couldn’t be worked out, and Sony and Overbrook walked away.” That source, however, said the differences weren’t over production credits.
“We have been working on this show for over a year, and we wanted to partner with the right people,” Simon said back in January when the deal was announed. “DJs are the new rock stars; it feels like the right time to make this show.”
Jada said then: “This show will comb the world to find a new breed of talent.”
The Smith’s production company, Overbrook, had no comment.