August 24, 2010 16:44 ET

IMG/BLP Signs Daytime Talk Show Host Wendy Williams

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) -  IMG/BLP, the joint venture partnership formed earlier this year by IMG Worldwide, Inc. (IMG) and Butch Lewis Productions, Inc. (BLP), to develop and operate a talent management company that primarily represents minority entertainers and celebrities in the areas of endorsements, licensing and programming has signed Daytime talk show host WENDY WILLIAMS as its first client.

IMG/BLP will exclusively represent Ms. Williams in all business areas including, broadcasting, speaking engagements/personal appearances, licensing and endorsements.

Called a "breakthrough in daytime," by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, "The Wendy Williams Show." Her hit show appears on FOX Network across the United States and on cable channel BET throughout the United States and internationally. The show has been renewed through the 2011-2012 season.

Wendy is featured twice in the September 2010 issue of Essence Magazine as part of their '40 Fierce and Fabulous' article with a full page spread showing "this rising star has made daytime TV prime time." She is also featured in the same issue as part of 'The Real TV Titans' article in the Emmy® insider section showing Oprah as the current TV Titan and Wendy Williams as next in line to take over Oprah's reigning title. Wendy's previous television work includes a VH-1 series titled "Wendy Williams is on Fire." 

A mother, wife and best-selling author, Williams' built a devoted following from her years as one of radio's most popular personalities, winning over legions of fans who couldn't wait to see the host make her television debut. Touted by People Magazine as one of the "BEST SHOWS OF 2009," the critically-acclaimed series now has the distinction of being "MUST-SEE TV."

Williams, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame (only the second African American woman to be honored by the organization) in November 2009, parted ways with her top rated radio show The Wendy Williams Experience at the end of July, 2009. The program, which aired on WBLS in New York, was home to more than 12 million listeners nationwide. 

She is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, 'Wendy's Got The Heat' by Simon and Schuster and 'The Wendy Williams Experience' by Dutton Books, as well as several novels. Her latest book, 'Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood' (Karen Hunter Publishing/ Pocket Books), the third installment in her series of Ritz Harper novels, hit shelves in May 2009.

Williams grew up in Ocean Township, New Jersey and currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband Kevin Hunter and their 9-year-old son, Kevin, Jr. Williams attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, earning a Bachelor's Degree in communications with a minor in journalism.

IMG/BLP is excited about the opportunities that they both creatively bring to the partnership to drive the Wendy Williams brand and make her a national and international sensation. Butch Lewis and the BLP team will manage the day-to-day operations of the joint venture utilizing its extensive relationships and contacts. IMG Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of IMG's Client Division Sandy Montag will staff and manage the overall sales and marketing efforts for the company.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Butch Lewis/Louise Cummings
    Butch Lewis Productions
    (212) 582-4344
    Mobile: (646) 373-2333
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