Simon Cowell sells off part of Syco entertainment empire for £86m
The music mogul, 57, has signed a new deal giving Sony a share in Syco, which owns the rights to the hugely lucrative X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent brands.

Simon Cowell has sold a stake in his entertainment empire for a staggering £86 million in a deal that means a windfall for his friend Sir Philip Green, it can be revealed.

The music mogul, 57, has signed a new deal giving Sony a share in Syco, which owns the rights to the hugely lucrative X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent brands, as well as a number of successful recording artists.

Sony paid £52.4m in cash in 2015 and will pay a further £33.4 by 2021, newly released accounts show.

It is understood Cowell has received an incredible £45 million from the initial payment. His friend and business associate, the shamed retail tycoon Sir Philip Green, has also received a cut as he was a 10 per shareholder in Syco Holdings, the firm set up to receive the investments.

Other documents show the two men also received lucrative dividend payments from Syco Holdings: Cowell, 57, was paid £1.5m while Sir Philip – under fire for his role in the collapse of BHS - received £68,049.

Cowell – who has launched the careers of some of the world’s most successful pop stars – is already worth an estimated £340 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

But the deal means he now only has a 20 per cent stake in the entertainment firm he set up in 2002.

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anonymous asked:

Hope all is well. I've asked this to a couple of other bloggers and not sure if the question is too stupid or tumblr are it. But how do we trust the boy's social media accounts. Particularly Louis's Twitter. How do we know when he follows The Weekend it's him and when he promotes other things is not. Like if he's supposed to be one step ahead of management won't they catch on? Thank you.

Hi love! Essentially we don’t. We won’t know for sure if it’s something he’s done or something his team has done, but we can look at the big picture. When it’s an artist like the weeknd then I consider things like what label are they with? Are they associated with Sony/syco? Do they share management teams or pr? Are there other ties they may have with Simon? If the answers to those previous questions are no I start considering it might be louis doing it. I’m not saying I believe he didn’t do it for any other artist that may have ties with the same label/team/Simon, he could have, but the likelihood increases for me that it was Louis doing it of his own accord when there aren’t ties. I then consider the idea of mutual promo, mutual friends, hell maybe he legitimately likes their music/art/movies! Like really I don’t think much about follows. The tweets he sends promoting artists I take a bit more notice of, but those I also don’t usually care much about.

My personal take on these things, which may vary from others, is if something happens it happens. Until then I’ll be here to take quiet note and then continue screaming about him wearing stripes or how much I miss harry or niall being the sassiest Irishman or Liam being the most underrated in terms of his humor. Basically what I’m saying is others might be able to explain it better but that’s a basic overview from my perspective.

Marvel Studios and Sony as Five Year Olds

Marvel: Sony! Give me back X Men and Spiderman!

Sony: No way! You have Avengers and everyone else! I want X Men and Spiderman!

Marvel: Mom! Sony won’t let me have X Men and Spiderman!

Stan Lee: I love you both, but you’re going to have to learn how to share.

Sony: Fine… You can have Spiderman and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

Marvel: Fine…

MCU Ladies Week Day 7 - To the Future!:

I want to see Jessica Drew.

- HYDRA is an active baddie for the foreseeable future. And we already have had multiple instances of them brainwashing people to join them, experimenting on people to make super soldiers, & ruining families to get them.

- Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers is getting her own movie & Jessica is her BFF. Just saying.

- The rights to Spider-Man are being shared with Sony. While Jessica wasn’t part of Peter’s associated characters/world, people worried over the studios thinking their hero names would cause confusion & not use her. Now there’s no reason not to have Spider-Woman.

- She has a new costume that would totally work for live action.

- She’s a super cool character that has been a HYDRA agent, S.H.I.E.L.D. spy, private investigator, & S.W.O.R.D. agent. Her powers are super strength, pheromones that cause either attraction or fear, she can stick to walls, is a well trained fighter & spy, & produces “venom blasts”.

Basically her powers & comics history allow her to fit in with in any place in the MCU. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as an antagonist turned alley. In the Netflix Defenders verse as a fellow P.I. to Jessica Jones. In the movies as Carol’s BFF & agent for S.W.O.R.D. against Thanos.

The possibilities are endless.
Syco Music denies dropping Zayn Malik from label
Former One Direction star Zayn Malik is still with Syco, according to the British music label founded by Simon Cowell....

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik is still with Syco, according to the British music label founded by Simon Cowell. Reports surfaced earlier Thursday that Malik was set to be ousted from the Sony label shared with his former band and to another label in the Sony family. For now, the 22-year-old and Syco are still associated. When reached for comment, a Syco spokesperson told EW, "Zayn is still with Syco.“

Re: RDJ + leaked Sony emails

So I searched through Sony hack emails posted on WikiLeaks using my Downey goggles (surprise, surprise).

Nothing scandalous or anything. People like RDJ ((hedgehog-goulash7 was right). Specifically, Sony’s (former) president Amy Pascal really likes him, wants to work with him, and pushed for some projects that RDJ ultimately declined.

The RDJ-related stuff in that hack were essentially projects that Robert ultimately turned down and/or those that Sony potentially want RDJ to do.

I summarized it below, so that you don’t have to read through those–

1.  Angry Birds –  

One of the Sony execs would like for RDJ to voice the lead character in the film adaptation.

2.  Oliver! The Musical –  

RDJ turned it down.

3.  Jobs – 

Pascal was thrilled with the idea of RDJ playing Steve Jobs (LOL, yes, I know). Wanted to have Danny Boyle potentially directing RDJ.  Turned it down.

4.  Globetrotters – 

This is an interesting one. When the idea came up, Pascal was excited for RDJ to play the lead, maybe Clooney or Aronofsky to direct (also floated Favreau as a possiblity).  Ultimately, RDJ passed on it.

5.  The Good Doctor – 

Not sure if that’s the project’s title but RDJ’s name came up as a possible lead (brought up by Pascal …), along the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis.

6.  The Grey Man – 

Out of all films mentioned, this seemed to have had the most possibility in that this will be written and directed by the Russo Brothers. The brothers were thinking of RDJ to play the lead; RDJ loves the Russos.

For the record, these emails were sent a couple of weeks after Civil War was announced and they’ve been meeting with RDJ for that one.  If RDJ says yes, then he’d work with the Russos back to back since this was supposed to be their next project after Cap 3.

But now that the Russos are also doing Avengers 3 and 4, who knows what’s going on with this now.

(NOTE: All of these email exchanges were done in the latter half of 2014.)

SUMMARY: Maybe The Grey Man, LOL Jobs, RDJ turns down a lot of projects.