'Idol' creator sues for stake in rival 'X-Factor'

By the Associated Press | July 20, 2011 | 5:44 PM EDT

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2011 file photo, entertainment mogul Simon Fuller arrives at the BVLGARI Fundraiser benefitting Save The Children and Artists For Peace and Justice in Los Angeles. Fuller sued the producers and network that airs "American Idol" claiming they had reneged on a deal to give him a share of rival Simon Cowell's show "The X-Factor" in accordance with a settlement they had reached years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of "American Idol" has sued the show's broadcaster and producer seeking a stake in a rival musical competition show called "The X-Factor."

Simon Fuller's lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., seeks an executive producer credit and the appropriate fees on "X-Factor," which was created by former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

Fuller's lawsuit is against Fox Broadcasting Co., which will air both shows, and "Idol" production company Fremantlemedia North America.

In a joint statement, Fox and Fremantle called Fuller's case meritless and claim he has done nothing to justify either payment or executive producer credit.

Fuller disagrees, stating the companies guaranteed him a stake in "X-Factor" in a 2005 settlement that kept "X-Factor" from airing in the United States until 2011. Both shows originated in England.