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Simon Cowell and Will Smith part ways on new reality show venture

6/13/2014

Simon Cowell and Will Smith's joint venture into reality TV to find a new DJ superstar has been scrapped. In January (12), Cowell announced that his production company Syco would be producing an "American Idol-type show" in conjunction with Smith and his wife Jada's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, as well as Sony Pictures Television. Now a representative from Syco has confirmed to the New York Post that they have decided not to move forward with Overbook in their DJ reality show. Reports allege that the deal fell apart due to Cowell's resistance to giving the Smiths top billing in the producer credits. Cowell's name is already attached to some of the most popular reality competition programs, including The X Factor, American Idol, and America's Got Talent, and its foreign country counterparts. With electronic dance music becoming more and more mainstream pop, Cowell wanted to find the next big DJ star to be mentioned alongside the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex. When the announcement of the collaboration first came out, Cowell maintained, "We have been working on this show for over a year, and we wanted to partner with the right people. DJs are the new rock stars; it feels like the right time to make this show." No word on whether Cowell and Syco plan to move forward with the program without Overbrook's involvement.

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