Paul Claydon, who edits a number of reality shows for TV mogul Simon Cowell - including Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent - has lifted the lid on what it is like to work with British star.
Mr Claydon is from Solihull and has worked for Simon Cowell for many years now, coming to expect phone calls at all hours of the day and night.
The 37-year-old now works solely on the US programs for Cowell, and having worked stateside on the three series of The X Factor until it was axed, he is now on the ninth edition of America's Got Talent.
It is up to Paul to to sift through hours of footage to decide which acts get featured, in which order, and how much each one is featured.
Multi-millionaire Simon Cowell says he relies on Paul to make his shows look good:
As the live semi-finals for Britain’s Got Talent get into full swing - featuring Birmingham singing duo Kieran and Sarah - Paul is busy working on the American version of the show.
After studying a degree in film at Brunel University, he returned to Solihull and began work at The Sound and Picture House at Five Ways in Birmingham, before getting his big break and moving to London to work on Big Brother.
On the technicalities of his job, he said:
Paul also says Simon can be a 'hard taskmaster':
Paul now lives in the affluent, Californian district of Los Feliz, where he looks out onto redwood trees and downtown Los Angeles, where he has been for five years. His wife is from Venezuela and also develops TV shows, but for a different production company.
He says he is looking forward to showing his wife round his native Solihull soon – and going to a Birmingham City football match at his beloved St Andrew’s.