Lythgoe to be honored in China

'American Idol' executive producer delivering keynote at IFF

Nigel Lythgoe is heading to China.

The "American Idol" executive producer and "So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator will deliver the keynote address at the first International Formats Forum in Beijing, China on Nov. 11-12.

Lythgoe will also be on hand to receive the IFFY Award grand prize for Excellence in Worldwide Formats. He will personally welcome to the stage the winner of the China Formats Competition.

"I believe 'American Idol' can not only set a good example of success in Formats audiences, but also inspire the young Chinese creators to reach for the highest standards in creating new Formats in the years to come thanks to IFF China," Lythgoe said in a statement.
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