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SPOKEN WORD POET BRANDON LEAKE CROWNED WINNER OF NBC’S ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ IN TONIGHT’S SEASON 15 FINALE

Leake, 27, Makes History as First Spoken Word Poet to Appear on “America’s Got Talent” and Wins the $1 Million Grand Prize as Well as an Opportunity to Perform at Luxor Las Vegas

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Sept. 23, 2020 – The votes are counted and America has chosen Brandon Leake as the winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 15. Leake, who is the first spoken word poet to appear on the show, wins the $1 million grand prize and the opportunity to perform at Luxor Las Vegas.

Leake has mesmerized viewers around the world all season with his powerful and very personal poetry, providing a window to his soul with each and every performance. His initial audition, in which he performed about the loss of his little sister when he was a child, earned him the Golden Buzzer from judge Howie Mandel and the admiration of viewers around the world. His subsequent performances addressed uplifting and additional serious topical subjects, including his strained relationship with his father and the power of forgiveness, new baby daughter and the joys of parenthood, and his mother’s fears raising a young black man in today’s society and in light of recent headlines concerning Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and George Floyd.

The 27-year old Stockton, Calif., native is an award-winning poet, artist educator and motivational speaker. His creative mix of art, charisma and passion, which is tailored to his own unique personal narrative, has taken him around the world. During his recent “The Dark Side Tour,” Leake traveled to New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and 36 states around the U.S. to promote his first published poetry book and his “crown jewel” piece, “Deficients: A Tale From My Dark Side.” Leake is also the founder and CEO of Called to Move – CTM, an artistry organization with the pursuit of aiding youth development through the art of poetry.

“America’s Got Talent” concluded tonight with a spectacular show from Universal Studios Hollywood with judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and host Terry Crews. The show’s top 10 finalists performed alongside several superstar guests, including, multi-award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated coach of NBC’s “The Voice,” Blake Shelton; Grammy Award-nominated OneRepublic; global pop sensation Ava Max; alt-pop powerhouse and platinum recording artist Bishop Briggs; platinum singer/songwriter and musician JP Saxe along with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter Julia Michaels and Pastor Marvin Winans.

The season finale also featured a special appearance from eight-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actor and dancer Usher, who opened the show with a performance medley filmed around the Universal lot. “America’s Got Talent” season 14 finalist Detroit Youth Choir also performed.

“America’s Got Talent” ranks as this summer’s #1 series in total viewers for a 15th consecutive season and has led NBC to finish #1 in total viewers every Tuesday night so far this summer that’s featured an original “Talent.” The current season of “AGT” is averaging a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens for the Tuesday telecast, and its May 26 season premiere has increased to a 3.4 in 18-49 and 15.6 million viewers with digital and linear delayed viewing recorded to date. And the show remains a top draw online, where it set a series record last Wednesday for total social activity and delivered a high for any NBC series in 2020, with 4.25 million Total Social Interactions.

The “Got Talent” format has had more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. “Got Talent” holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with more than 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

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ABOUT SIMON COWELL/SYCO ENTERTAINMENT
Simon Cowell is a record company executive, television and film producer, and global entertainment visionary. Renowned for his eye for talent and candid opinions, Cowell has completely transformed popular culture through his showbusiness enterprise. His company, Syco Entertainment, is an independent entertainment company. Cowell created and owns global TV formats such as “Got Talent” and “The X Factor.” “Got Talent” is officially the world’s most successful reality TV format and currently has 76 local versions produced across the globe and international tape-sales to more than 180 countries.America’s Got Talent” has remained the No. 1 summer series in the U.S. for the past 15 years while “The X Factor” airs in more than 130 territories. “The X Factor” is the most successful music TV format in history delivering more global chart stars than any other show. These two shows are watched by more than a billion people each year. Cowell has launched more superstar careers than any other in history, including One Direction, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Normani, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, James Arthur, Il Divo, Westlife and Susan Boyle, among many others

ABOUT FREMANTLE
Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. From the “Got Talent” and “Idol” franchises to “My Brilliant Friend,” “Family Feud,” “The Young Pope,” “American Gods,” “The Price Is Right,” “Neighbours,” “The X Factor” and “Deutschland 83,” Fremantle is behind the world’s most-loved and most-watched shows. Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. The Fremantle family includes UFA (Germany), Wildside (Italy), Abot Hameiri (Israel), Miso Film (Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Blue Circle (Netherlands), Original Productions (USA) and Easy Tiger (Australia) to name a few.

Fremantle produces in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, rolls out more than 70 formats and airs 400 programs a year worldwide. Fremantle also distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories.

As a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, Fremantle has more than 370 million subscribers across 1,500 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms, and is the creator of Facebook’s most viewed video of all time, “The Sacred Riana.”

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