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Seacrest signs deal for new projects

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Ryan Seacrest has signed a lucrative new deal that keeps him hosting "American Idol" through 2012 as well as participating in new projects.

The partnership, announced by 19 Entertainment, provides an opportunity for on-air-personality/producer Seacrest and his Ryan Seacrest Productions banner to work with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller on new entertainment endeavors.

Fuller’s 19 Entertainment has created and produced TV hits including "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance."

Although the announcement specified no dollar figure, The Hollywood Reporter pegged the deal at $45 million.

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