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Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’ Canceled in U.K. After 17 Years

The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s ratings juggernaut that first aired in the U.K. in 2004 and has given rise to some of the biggest pop acts of the 2000s, has been canceled by British network…

Simon Cowell Cancels Appearance on ‘X Factor Israel’

Simon Cowell has pulled out of judging duties for the upcoming season of X Factor Israel. The British producer and reality TV personality, who is currently appearing as a judge on NBC’s America’s…

German Media Giant Bertelsmann Boosts Profit Despite COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic hit Bertelsmann's ad-supported TV divisions Fremantle and RTL Group, but digital operations saw strong growth. 

Sky Italia Renews ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Italia’s Got Talent’

Sky Italia has inked a new deal with Fremantle Italy and Syco Entertainment to extend seasons of two of its most successful series, 'The X Factor' for four more seasons and 'Italia's Got Talent' for…

European Television Pioneer Anke Schaferkordt Resigns from RTL Group

Anke Schaferkordt, the first woman to run the pan-European broadcasting giant RTL Group, will step down from RTL at the end of 2018.

Revenue Up, Profit Down as RTL Group Negotiates Digital Shift

RTL Group, which controls 'American Idol' producer Fremantle, saw strong digital growth but weaker results in traditional TV.

RTL CEO Bert Habets on Record Results, ‘American Idol’ Reboot and Taking on Netflix in Europe

Bert Habets, the new sole CEO of RTL Group talks about the relauch of 'American Idol' on ABC, taking on Netflix with its new European VOD services, and cutting back on buying U.S. series.

Asia Argento Dropped by ‘X Factor Italy’

Italian audiences will still see her in the season's initial episodes, which have already been shot.

Asia Argento Joins ‘X Factor’ in Italy as Judge

The singer, director and activist makes a stunning return after being exiled from the Italian entertainment industry.

FremantleMedia Reports 32 Percent Gender Pay Gap in U.K.

Female employees are paid, on average, nearly a third less than men at the production giant, a gap rising to 84 percent if bonuses are included.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment Signs Development Deal With Star China

The three-year-deal will see the 'X Factor' producer develop global entertainment formats with one of China's leading media companies.

ITV Secures ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Until 2019

The U.K. TV giant will air Simon Cowell's hit formats for at least another three years.