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Pop Idol is one of Britain’s biggest cultural exports with hit franchises in 35 countries. The company behind it is Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment, which created the 1990s pop act the Spice Girls.

Fuller founded 19 in 1985, naming the company after a hit single by Paul Hardcastle. Overseas licensing and brand extensions of the Pop Idol format, which is to be launched in China and Japan, have boosted profits 128% a year from £890,000 in 2001 to £10.6m in 2004. Fuller sold the company to American firm CKX for £100m on March 18.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank6
Company19 Entertainment
ActivityMusic and TV producer
LocationSW London
Annual profit growth128.32%
Latest profits £000s10,593
Latest sales £000s48,285
Staff111
Founded1985
Websitewww.19.co.uk

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