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Biography

Simon Cowell is a record company executive, television and film producer, and a global entertainment icon.

Renowned for his eye for talent and candid opinions, Simon has completely transformed popular culture through his show business enterprise.

His company, Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading music, film, and TV production companies, responsible for some of the most successful global TV franchises as well as launching the careers of artists including One Direction, Camila Cabello, Little Mix, Labrinth, James Arthur, CNCO and Grace VanderWaal. Syco’s television assets include two worldwide record-breaking shows: “The X Factor” and “Got Talent.” Simon Cowell currently executive produces and serves as a judge on NBC’s highly popular series “America’s Got Talent,” “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Before establishing Syco Entertainment, Cowell was already a renowned record label executive. He first appeared on TV as a judge on the U.K. talent show “Pop Idol” before launching “American Idol” in 2002. He led the Idol judging panel for eight years and saw stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood launch their careers.

In addition to music and TV, Cowell has extended into feature films. He produced “This Is Us,” the 3D concert documentary about One Direction. The movie was the #1 worldwide for the opening week box office. Syco Entertainment has a number of feature films in development, including a multi project partnership with Animal Logic (Lego, Happy Feet, Great Gatsby). In Spring 2020, Cowell announced a new children’s entertainment brand titled ‘Wishfits’with his son Eric Cowell and publishing giant Hachette Children’s Group. The brand will launch with a seven-book commitment. A portion of all profits will benefit charities Shooting Star children’s Hospices and Together for Short Lives.

Cowell has received the Rose d’Or Golden Jubilee Award and BAFTA’s Special Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. He has also been awarded the International Emmy Founders Award. In total, shows created by Cowell have received 25 awards, including eight National Television Awards and seven BAFTAs. In 2015, he was honored with the Music Industry Trusts Award, the British music industry’s most prestigious accolade, in recognition of his contributions to the music industry as well as many charitable causes. In 2018, Cowell was the recipient of the Visionary Award by the Media Access Awards, which honors those in the media business who advance the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities.

Throughout his career, Simon has remained a devoted supporter of many charities and causes. Simon is a patron of Together For Short Lives, The Katie Piper Foundation and the Linda Blair Sacred Heart Foundation, as well as an Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Innocence Project. Simon is also a supporter of The Innocence Project, The Association for Children’s Hospices, Against Breast Cancer, The Health Lottery, Save The Children, Comic Relief, Battersea Dogs Home, RSPCA, The K9 Angels, PETA, Hope Sanctuary Barbados, and Help For Heroes. In May 2015, he was made Vice President of Shooting Star Chase. He has also been awarded Variety International’s Humanitarian Award for his charitable work.