Wendy Williams Goes Hollywood with New Partnership
Wendy Williams Productions has announced that it has forged a major production alliance with industry veterans Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones' de Passe Jones Entertainment. This strategic partnership is dedicated to producing a continuity of filmed entertainment for television and motion pictures under the WENDY WILLIAMS PRESENTS banner. The projects will target the multi-cultural audience of "THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW" and beyond.
"de Passe Jones Entertainment has a proven track record of success as it pertains to television movies and mini-series," said Wendy Williams. "This partnership makes great sense to Wendy Williams Productions and our entry into the world of filmed entertainment. The credentials of Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones speak for themselves. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with de Passe Jones Entertainment and adding to their stellar and lengthy string of highly successful films."
"Suzanne and I are thrilled about this partnership with Wendy Williams," said Madison Jones. "The goal of this strategic partnership is to bring the very best movies of every ilk to the general public and greatly enhance the diversity, content and quality of offerings currently available."
"Wendy's popularity and brand is evidenced by her success in daytime television. We are looking forward to expanding her brand and audience in all areas of filmed and scripted entertainment," said Suzanne de Passe.
Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of the nationally-syndicated weekday program, "The Wendy Williams Show." Called a "breakthrough in daytime" by The New York Times, "The Wendy Williams Show," which airs in 52 countries, and is now in its third season, has just been renewed on Fox through 2014.
de Passe Jones Entertainment (www.depassejones.com) is an entertainment and media company led by industry veterans Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones that sources, develops, acquires and produces a variety of high quality television, motion picture, internet/new media, theater, and print content. de Passe Jones currently has a major first look production deal with Universal Pictures and is producing the definitive film on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks.
Suzanne and Madison have vast experience, a track record of success, strong industry relationships, and a clear unique vision that has enabled the company to address a critical need in the market for content. de Passe Jones produces commercially driven projects in the following genres: drama, comedy, romantic comedy, action/ thriller, science fiction, horror, music-driven, reality, web-based, animation, and theater.
A veteran of over three decades in Hollywood, Ms. de Passe's productions have garnered two Emmy's and received over 30 Emmy nominations. She won a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, and is the only African American female to be nominated for an Academy Award for screenwriting. Ms. de Passe received the Revlon Business Woman of the Year honor, was chosen by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers, recipient of the prestigious Producers Guild Award, Directors Guild Award, and Prism Award, and has been the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies.