Simon Lythgoe

Simon Lythgoe

Simon is a highly experienced award-winning showrunner, director and producer of many top rated reality talent shows, with in-depth knowledge and experience of pitching and producing into America.

Simon, President and founder of Legacy Productions, has received three Emmy nominations, one Producers Guild of America nomination and in 2006 received an American People’s Choice Award for “American Idol”. Producing shows on three continents over two decades, British-born Simon came to the United States from Australia in 2001 to produce “American Idol” after successfully completing work on “Popstars” ,an Australian talent competition and ancestor of the juggernaut known as “American Idol”.

Lythgoe had already amassed an impressive list of television credits, including work on the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the Seven Network’s long-running drama, “Home and Away”, and “Late Night with David Letterman”.

Since his arrival in America, Simon has produced six seasons of “American Idol”, three seasons of “So You Think You Can Dance”, and Mark Burnett’s “On the Lot”, a series developed for Fox. In 2007, Simon was recruited by Fremantle Media to co-executive produce Country Music Television’s “Can You Duet” and NBC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”. Lythgoe has consulted on the major network hits, “America’s Got Talent” and “Let’s Make a Deal”. He has also worked extensively in Fremantle’s development department. More recently, Simon was the showrunner and director on “A Chance to Dance” for Ovation and “Opening Act” for E! Network. Simon is currently consulting for Nickelodeon on “Soccer Superstars” and in pre-production for two new dance formats.

In 2015 Simon once again shared his expertise with South Korea producers, as part of TFP’s Formats A-Z course for KOCCA in Seoul.

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