America's Got Talent

About the Show

After a record-breaking 10th season, NBC's top-rated summer series "America's Got Talent" returns with some big news: "Got Talent" creator and executive producer Simon Cowell joins the judges panel alongside Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.  

Nick Cannon is back as host, and the series returns to Los Angeles this summer, with live shows broadcast from the famed Dolby Theatre.  

With the search open to acts of all ages and talents, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing unique performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of creativity and talent, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying to win America's hearts and the $1 million prize.

Last summer, "America's Got Talent" remained the #1 summer show in total viewers for the 10th consecutive year. The season concluded with a star-studded performance at Radio City Music Hall with contestant Paul Zerdin taking home the grand prize by winning over viewers with his inventive and unique take on ventriloquism, using comedic characters and personalities to outshine thousands of acts.

In 2014, for the first time, America chose a magician as their winner with Rhode Island native Mat Franco, who went on to headline the "America's Got Talent Live" stage show, as well as the "Magic Reinvented Nightly" stage show - both held in Las Vegas. Franco also starred in the "Mat Franco's Got Magic" special that aired on NBC and featured appearances by Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Mraz, Penn & Teller and others. 

Past "AGT" highlights include Season 7 winner Olate Dogs in 2012. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, this high-energy, fast-paced dog act was an audience favorite filled with unbelievable pet tricks. In 2011, sentimental favorite and West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. beat out thousands of acts to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize. Prior to that, Mississippi-born soul singer Michael Grimm was crowned the winner of a spectacular Season 5, which also brought national attention to 10-year-old classical singer and phenom Jackie Evancho, who has gone on to release several best-selling albums. In that same season, the show also discovered Lindsey Stirling, a hip-hop violinist. She has since gone on to release two albums, with her second album, "Shatter Me, " selling 56,000 copies in its first week and reaching the No. 2 position on the Billboard 200.

The second season of "America's Got Talent" introduced audiences to the incredibly talented Terry Fator, a ventriloquist, singer and comedian from Dallas who has had a headlining show in Las Vegas since 2007 and currently performs at the Mirage Hotel.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

Cast Bios

Heidi Klum
Howie Mandel
Mel B
Simon Cowell

Credits

Host

Nick Cannon

 

Judges

Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel

 

Created By

Simon Cowell   

 

Executive Producers

Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane, Richard Wallace  

 

Executive in Charge of Production

Tzvi Small                      

 

Co-Executive Producers

Tabitha Hanson-Obtulowicz, Adam Shapiro, Matt Banks

 

Senior Supervising Producers

Nigel Caaro, Natasha Brugler, Mike Holterta

 

Supervising Producers

Meg McAlduff, Brian Updyke, Rosie Seitchik, Susan Moyer

 

Senior Producer

Emma Greenhalgh

 

Producers

Liza Pablico, Kayla DeFrancesco, Yossi Berrin-Reinstein, Chris Crawford, Ciuin Doherty, Lucie Veitch, Michelle Taylor, Zach Campbell, Lev Mergian, Matt Kinsey, Ashley Allen, Peter Cohen, Miguel Jefferson

 

Associate Producers

Aubrey Cox, Anthony Landingham, Alexa Keane, Shannon Bouknight, Mandi Rogers

 

Line Producer

Kevin Woodward                                 

 

Director

Russell Norman

 

Associate Directors

Carrie Havel, Casey B. Davis

 

Art Directors

Joe O'Neil, Natacha Aubier Hatch

 

Lighting Designer

Robert A. Dickinson

 

Co-Lighting Designer

Noah Mitz        

 

Post Producers

Stephanie Koutrakos, Erin Brady

 

Editors

Jon Menell, Emlyn Pugh, Kealohi Lee   

 

Origination

Los Angeles 

 

Series Produced By

FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment