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Simon Cowell



Known to millions as the surly British judge on American Idol, Simon Cowell started his career at EMI Music Publishing, where he worked his way up from the assistant to an A&R representative to a record producer, but in the early '80s, he left the company to create his own label, E&S Music. The company went bankrupt, and Cowell returned to EMI, but he tried to launch his own label again in 1985 with Fanfare Records, which enjoyed more success but was forced to fold when its parent company went under.



Frustrated by his second major setback, Cowell began working as an A&R consultant for BMG, where he found major success with the bright idea to produce novelty records by stars from other areas of the entertainment industry who were already popular, such as professional wrestlers and kid's TV personalities. The music man also signed a number of successful bands to the label, and began working on other music-based projects like the British show Pop Idol, which would be reincarnated in America as American Idol. Cowell also tried starting up his own music company once again, Sysco Records, this time with the brilliant angle of releasing all the music from American Idol and Pop Idol winners on it. The entertainment mogul also came up with a number of other competitive reality series like America's Got Talent, American Inventor, and The X Factor.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Himself
2016
62% One Chance
  • Producer
2014
0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
  • Producer
2014
63% One Direction: This Is Us
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet One Direction: Going Our Way
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet One Direction: The Only Way Is Up
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Far Far Away Idol
  • Actor
2004
36% Scary Movie 3
  • Himself
2003

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Judge
  • Judge
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Retro Cribs
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The X Factor
2011-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Judge
  • Producer
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet America's Got Talent
2006
  • Executive Producer
  • Judge
  • Producer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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