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May 20, 2011 05:01 ET

The Hollywood Reporter Celebrates 10 Years of Simon Fuller's American Idol

- The Hollywood Reporter releases a special American Idol tribute

- In its 10th year, American Idol remains a "ratings powerhouse"

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - Ten years since the conception of Simon Fuller'sIdol franchise, the Hollywood Reporter pays tribute to what has become a generation defining entertainment show. Created and executive produced by Simon Fuller, the show has enjoyed colossal viewing figures and has catapulted the search for finding raw musical talent into the global arena. With weekly viewing figures of 20 million, there is no doubt that the show remains as popular as it ever was. The Hollywood Reporter's AmericanIdol feature sheds light on the show's string of successes, including profiles of the new musical trifecta of presenters, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson, interviews with key Idol personalities including Simon Fuller himself, successfully reinstated producer Nigel Lythgoe and Idol anchor Ryan Seacrest. The feature also follows Idol's 10 year journey, detailing behind-the-scenes changes and presenting Idol's global reach. Commenting on the success of American Idol in its 10th year, producer Simon Fuller notes:

"Obviously, it was really important that we did well this year. Everybody felt that, and I think it's reflected in probably our best season ever."

The number one show in the USA shows no signs of abating. More than a television show, American Idol has sparked charitable efforts like the hugely successful Idol Gives Back which has raised over $185. A global phenomenon, American Idol has inspired over 40 countries to create their own versions of the show, including countries like Singapore, the Philippines and Nigeria. After 10 years, American Idol has matured into a fully fledged power house. Regarding the future of the show, Fuller notes, "it really feels like this is the first year of the next however many years – hopefully plenty." Join the Hollywood Reporter in celebrating America's favourite show.

Fuller is a man who's reputation precedes him. Creator of the world famous Idol franchise, which has over 100 versions worldwide and the basis of our current and future pop culture, he is also the co-creator and executive producer of the Fox TV reality show, So you think you can dance, as well as successfully introducing Little Britain to the states. In 2010 Simon Fuller was announced as Executive Producer of Bel Ami, a new movie starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricca and Kristen Scott Thomas, which is set for 2011 release.

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