Following is a press release from the Fox network illustrating how the owner of both EPE and 19 Entertainment combines his companies.
Last weekend the four American Idol finalists visited Graceland, the home of the original American Idol, Elvis Presley. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley welcomed the finalists to the famed house, where music mogul Tommy Mottola offered advice to the Top 4 as they prepared for tonight’s Elvis-themed American Idol performance show Tuesday, May 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox. The show will feature highlights from the finalists’ first meeting with Presleys and Tommy Mottola, and a tour of Graceland. On tomorrow’s results show (Wednesday, May 10, 9:00-9:32 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) it’s "Now or Never" as the Top 3 finalists are revealed.
Elvis Presley, arguably the most celebrated singer of our time, is estimated to have sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. Presley, a seminal figure in the birth of rock and roll, remains hugely popular decades since his music first hit the airwaves. During their visit to Graceland, the finalists were given the opportunity to rehearse their Elvis songs at the world famous home of "The King," under the tutelage of Tommy Mottola. Priscilla Presley gave the finalists a private tour of the historic home.
Tommy Mottola grew up on Elvis’ music and ultimately his love of "The King" led him to enter the music industry. He started his career as an artist with Epic Records, and later began managing careers, publishing artists and ultimately running one of the top music labels Sony Records. He has worked with many of the top names in music including Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Harry Connick Jr., Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lopez and, most recently, Shakira.
Currently, Mottola presides over his own record label and management company in search of new talent that has the whole package, the look, style and most importantly voice. No other executive has signed and developed more of music’s top global superstars. Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.