Simon Fuller Wants To Submit His Own Re-Organization Plan for Core Media


The battle between American Idol creator, Simon Fuller and the show’s owner, Core Media continues. Fuller and Core have been wrestling for dominance over the company’s affairs ever since Core filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy shortly after the American Idol season finale aired in April.

Fuller demanded an investigation in the potential pursuit of a fraud lawsuit.  Core responded by  filing a motion seeking a rejection of its contracts with Fuller.

Fuller, in response, is contemplating submitting a competing plan for the reorganization of Core’s debt, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol, is telling a court that he’s weighing the possibility of submitting his own reorganization plan for Core Media, currently in Chapter 11 after the cancellation of the long-running singing competition show. According to a filing on Tuesday, “the competing plan would contemplate that Mr. Fuller, the creator of the Debtors’ most successful programming, will have a continuing role with the reorganized Debtors.”

Fuller’s response, submitted on Tuesday, opposes the rejection and for the first time, speaks how he is “currently evaluating the possibility of seeking permission from this Court to file a competing reorganization plan that would enhance recoveries for all constituents in these chapter 11 cases.”

“Given that Mr. Fuller, as the creator of IDOLS and SYTYCD, is intimately familiar with the Debtors’ business operations, he is in the best position to help navigate the reorganized Debtors to profitability.”

A hearing on the current reorganization plan is scheduled for Sept. 22.

After Idol went off the air, Fuller spoke enthusiastically about a return of the iconic show, with format changes that would make it competitive for the digital age. Core media stands in his way–currently Fuller is a consultant and earns a cut of the profits from the shows he created–American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

In order to reboot Idol, he’s going to have to wrestle control of the property away from Core. When he forced Core into bankruptcy by calling in his debts, I’m sure that was his thinking. But the situation has turned into a major battle between Fuller and Core–one that could take some time to sort out.

As far as a reboot of Idol is concerned, I’m not holding my breath at this point.

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