Investors offer to buy owner of ‘American Idol’

British media mogul and other investors offer to buy owner of ‘American Idol’

The owner of the “American Idol” reality TV show said Friday it has received an acquisition offer from a group of investors led by British media mogul Simon Fuller.

CKX Inc. said it is evaluating the proposal and other strategic alternatives. Fuller created the “Idol” franchise but sold his company, 19 Entertainment, to CKX in 2005.

CKX did not say how much it was being offered but The Wall Street Journal said former Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins is one of the investors joining Fuller in a $600 million bid for CKX. The company also owns the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Fuller and Jenkins have created a $1 billion fund for acquisitions, the newspaper said.

Earlier this month, Robert F.X. Sillerman, CKX’s founder, chairman and chief executive, resigned and said he was considering buying the company. Sillerman, who continues as a consultant to CKX, is the company’s largest shareholder with a 21 percent stake. He served as chairman and CEO since the company’s inception five years ago.

In 2008, privately held 19X Inc. — controlled by Sillerman and Fuller — abandoned plans to take CKX private because of tight credit conditions that made borrowing more difficult.

Fuller’s latest bid comes after a nine-year run for “American Idol,” which said goodbye to its famously caustic judge Simon Cowell on Wednesday.

While “Idol” remains the nation’s favorite show, it has seen audience erosion this season.

In the first quarter, CKX posted a net loss as revenue fell 18 percent to $66.6 million amid restructuring costs.

Shares of CKX, which is based in New York, jumped $1, or 23 percent, to $5.32 in late trading.

Original story appears on Yahoo Finance News.

Adam Lambert Signs to 19 Records & RCA Records!

American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert has been signed to 19 Recordings and licensed to RCA Records. He is preparing to start work on his debut album which is due for release in fall 2009.

“To find a talent as exceptional as Adam Lambert is a rare and special event,” says Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment. “I am thrilled that ‘American Idol’ was the platform for the world to discover this brilliant young man. He is unique and unforgettable and a certain star of tomorrow.”

“There are no longer any rules in terms of where the world’s next superstars may come from,” says Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO RCA/JIVE Label Group. “We are thrilled to be getting involved with Adam Lambert as we all at RCA Records believe he is one of those rare, future global stars”.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve come to a creative and collaborative partnership and look forward to developing a really exciting album,” says Lambert. “We are 100% on the same page and are all anxiously awaiting the start of the recordings. It’s going to be ridiculous! Get Ready!!!”

27 year old Lambert, who hails originally from San Diego, CA, had 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this summer. With his masterful interpretation of “Mad World” leading the way, he also charted with “No Boundaries”, “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “One.”

Lambert, will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idol’s Live tour. The tour kicks off July 5th in Portland, OR and culminates on September 15th in Manchester, NH.

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From Adam Lambert’s Official Site

Kris Allen Signs Record Deal

After winning American Idol in the most shocking finale in the show’s history, Kris Allen has inked a record deal with 19 Entertainment and Jive Records.

“Kris won the hearts of millions of Americans with his soulful voice, good looks and gracious demeanor,” Simon Fuller, Idol’s creator and executive producer and CEO of 19 Entertainment, said in a statement. “However, it is his passion for music and love of performing that will make sure Kris stands the test of time and makes American Idol proud.”

“As exciting as the last few months have been, I’m really looking forward to what is next,” Allen said. “I’m very grateful to be working with Simon Fuller and his team at 19 Entertainment, along with Barry Weiss and Jive Records on my debut album. Everyone’s been asking me what it’s going to sound like. It will be very similar to what you heard from me on the show — definitely in the pop/rock genre. I can’t wait to get started!”

Up next, Kris and the rest of Idol’s top 10 are preparing for the upcoming 50-city American Idol 2009 Summer Tour, which kicks off on July 5 in Portland, Ore.

Allen’s debut album is due in the fall.

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From People.com

5/19 American Idol 8 Finale, Who Will it Be? Kris Allen Shows His Metal

“The Acoustic Rocker vs the Glam Rocker. Conway vs California, The guy next door vs the guy liner.” Kris Allen vs Adam Lambert.

This week was rather surprising for us. Kris did an excellent job on his first two songs, especially his first, to make it at least seem to be a horse race.

1 Adam Lambert – Personal Favorite- “Mad World” by Tears for Fears

By the luck of the drraw, Adam had to go first, which did give Kris an advantage. Adam started off with “Mad World” which we could imagine being a huge hit right here, right now. His falsetto was flawless, but what strikes most about Adam is how effortless it all is for him. His range is super-human, his screams from the planet Krypton and his creativity from Mozart.

2 Kris Allen – Personal Favorite- “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

Could Kris follow? Kris followed with an incredible rendering of “Ain’t No Sunshine”. We didn’t think we would be impressed, and we were wrong. This was an excellent and creative version of the song and Kris could do this as a hit as well. This was a performance with the piano, and we believe it is the instrument that clearly gave Kris an advantage no one else had, because he is actually quite talented as a musician as well, not just a vocalist, and it clearly adds to his appeal.

3 Adam Lambert – Producer Simon Fuller’s Choice – “A Change is Gonna Come” by Patti LaBelle and Sam Cooke

The producer picked the next song for the contestants. Adam did “A Change is Gonna Come”, and wowed us again. What was most amazing is we feel the choices for both artists were second rate. Perhaps that is just us, but we don’t think so. Still, Adam made us love it, which as we said before, it doesn’t matter what song it is for the truly talented, and Adam is miraculously talented.

4 Kris Allen – Producer Simon Fuller’s Choice – “What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye

Kris followed with“What’s Goin’ On” on his guitar. Again, it was not a great choice, but what is key here, and something always missed when the judges judge, is he didn’t choose it. Yet he was criticized for its not being the right song. Geesh, guys, get real. At any rate, Randy and Simon did a poor critique of the song and were negative on it, which was ashame, because Kris did a commendable job of keeping in the competition, but the judges ended any chance he had with their comments.

5 Adam Lambert – Original Winner’s Song – “No Boundaries” by Kara Dio Guardi

Finally, both artists sang a new song written by Kara. It was written as a canned hit song to be done by any artist, and Kara is excellent at that. The tune has melody and is very catchy. But the song is different from the others. It has not been performed before to an audience. It wasn’t a hit last week and the artists do not get a chance to see what worked before. It is new. Here is where Adam truly separated himself from anyone we have seen. He took the new song and made it a smash hit. A song we had never heard and we loved it.

6 Kris Allen – Original Winner’s Song – “No Boundaries” by Kara Dio Guardi

Kris took the song and decided to sing it sans instruments. We think he should have stayed on the piano. It is just the artist we see him as being. Kris had no idea where to go with the melody. He started off incredibly pitchy and by the time he got to the end was an octave too high for his vocal. While he did a commendable job, it was just enough for the boy scout merit badge. It wasn’t a smash.

So, there you have it. We said before that unless Adam got laryngitis or died this past week, this year was his. Adam is the best and most diverse talent we have seen on this show. When we first discovered how good he was, we captioned our article, “The Scream Is Back”. His scream is effortless and is on par with the greats of rock like Robert Plant and Roger Daltry. There is no song he cannot do and do well. His falsetto is flawless and never off key. His range is beyond anyone we have ever seen, including the women performers. We believe if there were a contest for the best American Idol, Adam would win easily. And so Kris never had a chance. But then, neither did Danny. There were bad calls along the way, but Adam is untouchable, and if the audience did not vote for him, it would be a travesty.

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Reality TV Shows We Love Got Emmy Nominations!

5 Nominations for American Idol

• FOX • FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.

Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer
Ken Warwick, Executive Producer
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Executive Producer
Simon Fuller, Executive Producer

1. Outstanding Reality-competition Program

American Idol Season 7

2. Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality – Competition Program

Ryan Seacrest, Host

3. Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award Or Reality Competition Programs

> Episode 733 (David Cook Goes Home) • Bill DeRonde, Editor

4. Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special

Edward J. Greene, Production Mixer
Randy Faustino, Music Mixer
Andrew Fletcher, PA Mixer
Mike Parker, Monitor Mixer
Gary Long, Playback Music Mixer
Brian Riordan, Pre-Production Packages Mixer
Conner Moore, Pre-Production Packages Mixer
Christian Schrader, Audience Sweetener

5. Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

• Idol Gives Back •

Shiran Stotland, Technical Director
Eric Becker, Technical Director
David Eastwood, Camera
Marc Hunter, Camera
Bobby Highton, Camera
Brian Reason, Camera
Easter Xua, Camera
Danny Bonilla, Camera
George Prince, Camera
Ed Horton, Camera
John Repczynski, Camera
Suzanne Ebner, Camera
Diane Beiderbeck, Camera
Bill Chaikowski, Camera
Alex Hernandez, Camera
Mark Sanford, Video Control


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4 Nominations for So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • 19 TV Ltd and Dick Clark Productions

Outstanding Choreography

1. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Hummingbird and Flower / ‘The Chairman’s Waltz’

Wade Robson, Choreographer

2. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Transformers / ‘Fuego’

Shane Sparks, Choreographer

3. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Table / ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’

Mandy Moore, Choreographer

4. Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-camera Series Or A Special (non-prosthetic)

So You Think You Can Dance • #311

Amy Strozzi, Department Head Makeup Artist
Heather Cummings, Additional Makeup Artist
Tifanie White, Additional Makeup Artist
Crystal Wolfchild, Additional Makeup Artist

6 Nominations for Amazing Race

The Amazing Race • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Executive Producer
Bertram van Munster, Executive Producer
Jonathan Littman, Executive Producer
Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington, Executive Producer
Amy Nabseth Chacon, Co-Executive Producer
Elise Doganieri, Co-Executive Producer
Bill Pruitt, Supervising Producer
Matt Schmidt, Supervising Producer
Mark Vertullo, Supervising Producer
Jarratt Carson, Senior Producer
Giselle Parets, Senior Producer
Phil Keoghan, Producer

1. Outstanding Reality-competition Program

2. Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Per Larsson, Director of Photography
Sylvester Campe, Camera
Tom Cunningham, Camera
Lucas Kenna Mertes, Camera
Peter Rieveschl, Camera

3. Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Bertram van Munster, Director

4. Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Steven Escobar, Editor
Eric Goldfarb, Editor
Julian Gomez, Editor
Andy Kozar, Editor
Jenny Nelson, Editor
Paul Nielsen, Editor
Jacob Parsons, Editor

5. Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single Or Multi-camera)

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Eric Goldfarb, Sound Editor
Andy Kozar, Sound Editor
Paul Nielsen, Sound Editor
Jacob Parsons, Sound Editor
Steven Escobar, Sound Editor
Julian Gomez, Sound Editor
Rick Livingstone, Music Editor

6. Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (single Or Multi-camera)

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Jim Ursulak, Lead Audio Mixer
Jerry Chabane, Audio Mixer
Dean Gaveau, Audio Mixer
Troy Smith, Re-Recording Mixer

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something. Episode Number: 142    Season Num: 12    First Aired: Sunday December 30, 2007 • The show’s episode that got the raves is a quote from contestant Jennifer. Her partner and boyfriend Nathan asked: How come Kynt and Vyxsin like…? ; Jennifer then quipped: I don’t know. Honestly, they have witch powers or something…

Kynt and Vyxsin were a memorable couple in the show because of their unique personalities representing the “Goth community in Louisville. Host Phil Keoghan later said to the duo: I have to give you the award for the most fashionable couple ever on The Amazing Race! The couple jovially agreed.

(LR) Nathan and Jennifer | Kynt and Vyxsin