It’s a BIG news day for Simon Cowell. The start date for X Factor UK was announced (Sept 1), he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and now NBC reveals a brand new multi-year America’s Got Talent deal with the British mogul.
Cowell, the creator of the global “Got Talent” franchise, the biggest TV format in history and whose opinion on any act can have enormous impact, has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC as a judge on the juggernaut hit series America’s Got Talent.
He’ll remain an executive producer on the series.
Cowell became a judge on America’s Got Talent for season 11 in 2016, joining Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum. His influence on the judges’ table is profound and can shape global 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.”
“Few people have impacted the world of entertainment as significantly as Simon Cowell,” said Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America President of Entertainment Programming. “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.”
“I want to thank NBC for their continued passion and belief for America’s Got Talent over the past few years,” Cowell said. “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.”
Cowell will also serve as a judge and executive producer on America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will launch this winter and air on Mondays between seasons of The Voice.
The series will bring together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around favorites from past seasons of “AGT” for the ultimate display of talent. Additionally, 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.