Simon Cowell
United Kingdom

SYCO Entertainment


Chairman / CEO

Cowell is best known for his distinctive on-air persona, but he’s the backbone of some huge TV hits. He created “America’s Got Talent” through his Syco Entertainment, which has generated the most international spinoffs of any reality show in history. Cowell recently renewed his deal to remain on NBC and signed on as a judge for his show’s spinoff, “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” He rose to global prominence in 2002 on “American Idol” but left in 2010 to launch the U.S. version of “The X Factor,” now produced in 56 territories and airing in 168 countries. He’s responsible for putting together One Direction and Fifth Harmony, but despite the starmaker rep, he received his own plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August.



Variety Honors

  • Reality TV Impact
  • UK Personality of the Year

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Simon Cowell Renews 'America's Got Talent' Deal With NBC

Simon Cowell Renews 'America's Got Talent' Deal With NBC

Simon Cowell has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC to remain a judge and and executive producer on "America's Got Talent."Cowell joined "America's Got Talent" as a judge in 2016. He is also set to serve as executive producer and judge on America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which will premiere this winter and air on Mondays between seasons of “The Voice.”“Simon Cowell is an extraordinary showman whose success stories over the years on multiple continents speak for themselves,” said Paul...


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