May 23, 2011 08:00 AM by Lisa Princ
What better time to be honored than the week of the finale on American Idol on FOX for creator Simon Fuller? That’s right, today Simon will be getting his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Television. We also hear that winners Carrie Underwood and David Cook will be there to help him celebrate. Keep reading for more!
American Idol creator Simon Fuller will be receiving the 2,441st Star this morning at 11: 30 Pacific time on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television. Simon is being honored for his 25 years in the industry which included numerous number 1 hits in television, music, sports, fashion and film. Simon has been certified by Billboard Magazine as the most successful British manager of all time, selling 360 million albums by stars that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, Spice Girls, Gary Barlow, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook, Adam Lambert just to name a few. In 2010 Apple and iTunes publicly recognized Simon Fuller for his achievement in selling more than 250 million downloads on iTunes, making him the biggest music manager of the digital age.
According to the Hollywood Walk of Fame website, Simon is being honored because he created American Idol, the multi-billion dollar show, that has aired in more than 120 countries and established new records in audience size and interaction. 100 million votes were cast in last year’s American Idol Finale. Idol has also created a landmark charitable event, Idol Gives Back, which has raised more than $185 million to date for US and Global Charities and won Simon Fuller an Emmy Award. So You Think You Can Dance, also Simon Fuller’s creation has mirrored Idol’s success, becoming Fox’s number one rated summer show in the United States, and launching hit versions in Canada, Australia, the UK and many other territories.
In sports, Simon Fuller has crafted the spectacular career of David Beckham as he has grown to become the world’s most famous sportsman and a global ambassador for Soccer.
In 2008, Fuller launched a new fashion business with iconic designer Roland Mouret and opened his first store in the heart of London’s Mayfair in February 2011. Also this year Simon Fuller was announced as Executive Producer of Bel Ami, a new movie starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas, which is slated for Fall 2011 release.
Simon Fuller enjoys a record of raising funds and awareness for several charitable initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, Keep A Child Alive, The Muhammad Ali Center, The Prince’s Trust, Malaria No More, the United Nations and Comic Relief.
To celebrate with Simon Fuller will be an Idol star studded group, including the top 13 contestants of season ten, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, David Cook and Victoria Beckham to name a few. Congratulations to Simon Fuller on all his accomplishments, what a great week to receive such a great honor!
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