Simon Fuller sues Fox over "X Factor" fees

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 20, 2011 1:28 PM
Simon Fuller sues Fox over "X Factor" fees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller has filed a lawsuit against Fox television seeking credits and monetary fees for the upcoming TV talent show, "The X Factor."

The breach of contract lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Fox, part of the News Corp media empire, and producers FremantleMedia, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, have refused to honor a 2005 contract granting Fuller an executive producer credit and fees for the U.S. version of "The X Factor."

"Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately, but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action," Fuller's spokesperson said in a statement.

"The X Factor," created by Simon Cowell, is one of the most anticipated new shows on U.S. television and is due to debut in September.

A spokesman for Fox was not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Andre Grenon)