SOURCE: FremantleMedia North America

November 16, 2007 18:24 ET

FremantleMedia North America and SYCO Television Announce Nationwide Casting Calls for Third Season of NBC's Hit Talent Competition Show "America's Got Talent"

Last Summer's #1 Series Kicks Off Major City Search to Find the Best Undiscovered Talent From Across the Country

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2007) - FremantleMedia North America, producers of "American Idol," and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television are coming to a major city near you this January as part of a nationwide search for the hottest performers in the country to compete in the third season of NBC's #1 summer series "America's Got Talent."

A ventriloquist from Dallas, Texas, Terry Fator's life changed forever last August when he was crowned second season champion. Not only did he win the $1,000,000 grand prize, but his lifelong dream to headline on the Las Vegas strip came true when he signed a 2008 contract with The Las Vegas Hilton in a deal worth more than $1.5 million dollars, which he'll kick off this December 31 with a special New Year's Eve performance.

The biggest search for America's greatest performers will take place in various major cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Nashville, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas. For more information, such as audition applications, eligibility requirements, dates and locations for casting cities, please go to nbc.com/americasgottalent or call the toll free hotline at (877) 255-9008. PLEASE NOTE: This competition is subject to applicable rules, which are subject to modification at any time in the producer's discretion.

With a talent search open to any act of any age, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing the hottest performers from across the country. Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage in front of a panel of celebrity judges in the hopes they'll be chosen a winner by the viewing audience.

"America's Got Talent" was this year's #1 summer series in total viewers, averaging 11.4 million persons. The finale on August 21 garnered 4.2 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall -- a new series record in total viewers, with a 16 percent increase over its finale the year before.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Televison. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol"), Jason Raff, James Sunderland and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative television programs for network, cable and syndicated platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (FOX), "The Next Great American Band" (FOX), "America's Got Talent" (NBC), "American Inventor" (ABC), "Thank God You're Here" (NBC), "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (Oxygen), "Property Ladder" (TLC), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Temptation" (syndicated), "Million Dollar Password" (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" (CBS).

FremantleMedia is one of the largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is a subsidiary of RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is 90% owned by Bertelsmann AG, an integrated media and entertainment company that commands leading positions in the world's media markets. For further information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com.

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