America’s Got Talent is a televised American talent show that is part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. The program is produced by Fremantle USA and Syco Entertainment, and also airs on the NBC television network. It premiered on 21 June 2006 after plans for a 2005 UK edition were put on hold due to disagreements within British broadcaster ITV.
Production would later resume in 2007 following the success of the first season. Each season primarily takes place during the network’s summer schedule and has featured different hosts throughout the program’s history. The current owner is Terry Crews. Each year, the competition begins with a set of audition stages, the first of which is the Producers’ Audition held in various cities across the United States.
This stage is open to all forms of action and is judged by an independent panel, and thus determines who will take part in the next round of auditions called “Judges’ Auditions”. They are held in public places in some cities of the country and are attended by the judges who run the competition this year.