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Simon Cowell takes control of 'Got Talent' production JV from Sony Music

2018 Billboard Music Awards - Show - Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., 20/05/2018 - Simon Cowell speaks on stage. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

(Reuters) - Television personality and music mogul Simon Cowell will buy Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in their joint venture, Syco, which is home to hit talent shows like “Got Talent” and “The X Factor”, the music conglomerate said on Wednesday.

The rights to the television formats created by Cowell, will be transferred to a new company, Syco Entertainment, and will be held by him.

The deal is a result of a buyback option maintained by Cowell. Sony Music said it will, however, retain music assets that include show alumni like One Direction and Camila Cabello.

The partnership that lasted more than a decade, expanded the “Got Talent” brand to 76 local versions across the world with “The X Factor” airing in more than 130 territories.

“At this particular contractual crossroads, it was simply the right thing for Simon to take control of his TV assets and propel his company in a new direction,” Sony Music Group Chairman Rob Stringer said.

Cowell became a household name as a judge on “American Idol” with his harsh criticism of the singers auditioning for the show and was dubbed “Mr Nasty”.

Reporting by Neha Malara; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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