Simon Cowell set to sign huge Netflix deal to find next One Direction on brand new talent show

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SIMON Cowell is in talks with streamers including Netflix for a new talent contest to find the next One Direction.

Filming for the top-secret series is believed to have already started in the UK, with the music mogul determined to find a group who can equal the success of the band.

GettySimon Cowell is in talks with streamers including Netflix for a new talent contest[/caption]

Ken McKayIt comes three years after Simon, 64, cancelled The X Factor, where he founded One Direction in 2010[/caption]

Insiders said Simon has joined forces with production company Box To Box films, who made the slick Netflix show Formula 1: Drive To Survive.

It comes three years after Simon, 64, cancelled The X Factor, where he founded One Direction in 2010.

A source said: “Simon is preparing to sign a huge deal with Netflix to find the world’s next biggest boy band.

“He is working with the team behind Drive To Survive on the show and wanted to get it on a streamer because it fits the audience better.

“Simon knew The X Factor had grown tired so he wanted to do something that looked completely fresh and new.

“He is renowned for spotting talent and One Direction’s success came off the back of him putting them together.

“Simon wants to replicate this and find a group who can reach the heights One Direction did.

“Filming for the show has already started in the UK and he is so excited about what’s to come.”

Insiders revealed Simon had found himself at the centre of a bidding war between streamers when he first pitched the show.

He was in talks with Apple and Prime Video before he started thrashing out a deal with Netflix.

The show also has a PR firm in place ahead of the show’s announcement in the coming weeks.

The last series of X Factor aired in 2018, with Simon telling The Sun he had cancelled it three years later.

Simon, who still fronts his hugely popular Got Talent series in the UK and America, revealed the show had taken a toll on his personal life.

He told us: “I have ideas.

“I’d like to do more mentoring because I get frustrated with people bringing me the same thing.

“There’s a lot of creativity in the world right now, it’s like everyone is auditioning, and if I can do something to help then I get a buzz out of that.

“We just need to get rid of the formats and rules – and being in one country.

“We don’t have to be boxed in, with projects like this we can make music globally.”

Simon, who has a son, Eric, with his fiancée Lauren Silverman, added at the time: “If you were to ask me now which is more important, my career or my family, then I’d say family, 100 per cent.

“But when you talk about legacy, you want to believe what you’ve done has been worth it, that’s important too.”

One Direction, who split in 2016, came third on The X Factor and went on to become one of the world’s biggest bands who sold over 70million records.

The show also created huge pop acts including Leona Lewis and Olly Murs and groups including Little Mix and JLS.

A representative for Simon declined to comment.

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