Simon Cowell signs 100m ITV deal
Simon Cowell has signed a three-year deal worth £100 million with ITV to transmit 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' until 2013
Simon Cowell has agreed an estimated £100 million deal to keep 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' on ITV.
The new three-year deal between the network and the programmes' parent companies Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia also gives the station exclusive UK broadcast rights for the US 'X Factor' - which is set to launch next year - and 'America's Got Talent' on ITV2 until 2013.
Simon said: "I am thrilled this deal has been concluded with ITV to enable our relationship to continue to develop. I am committed to making sure both shows get bigger and better every year. I have a lot to thank ITV for; they have been key in making 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' the UK's biggest television shows."
It had previously been claimed that 'The X Factor' would take a break next year while Simon focused on launching the show Stateside, but the terms of the new deal state it will return to air in autumn 2011, with 'Britain's Got Talent' airing late next spring.
Network chiefs are thrilled with the deal.
Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, said: "'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' are the shows that have helped define the last decade of television in the UK and have become more than just a talking point: they are a national obsession, and I'm delighted that our viewers can continue to enjoy them on ITV over the next three years.
"I'm especially pleased to have agreed a deal that cements our successful relationship with Simon Cowell, Syco and FremantleMedia over a longer term. I look forward to working with them as we continue to develop both shows and keep them at the top of their game."
This year's 'X Factor' has proved more popular than ever, setting record ratings levels at each stage of the competition.
On Sunday (17.10.10), an incredible 15.2 million tuned in to find out the results of this week's competition, the highest-ever for the eviction show.