Meanwhile, Cowell said he was "delighted" to be honored for his efforts. "I've been very lucky to make the shows I love," the BBC News quoted him as saying. International Academy president Bruce Paisner said: "Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure.
"He has built an international empire, and in so doing has changed the face of television around the world." Cowell will collect his Founders award in New York on 22 November.