How You Stylin’? BET Networks Goes Fashion Forward with the Launch of New Red Carpet Fashion Specials Series, ‘WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD’
Hosted by the Fashion Fabulous Wendy Williams, ‘WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD’ Premieres Tuesday, February 16 at 9 PM ET/PT
Fashion insiders Lloyd Boston, Bevy Smith and Robert Verdi will join Wendy to break down the red carpet fashions of major awards shows
BET Networks launches a new one-hour red carpet fashion specials series, WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD, that will break down the red carpet fashions of major awards shows. Join fashionista and host of “The Wendy Williams Show” Wendy Williams as she brings her “Say It Like You Mean It’ approach to all things fashion, from the gowns and jewels to the red carpet attitude! Wendy will be joined by a panel of fashion insiders - Bevy Smith, Lloyd Boston, and Robert Verdi for WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD premiering Tuesday, February 16, at 9 PM ET/PT and will highlight the fashions from this year’s Grammy Awards®.
Following the premiere, BET will air five additional episodes surrounding some of the biggest fashion and pop culture events, including the BET Awards®, Primetime Emmy Awards®, MTV Video Music Awards® and Billboard Music Awards®.
With plenty of attitude, games, laughs and must-see moments, Wendy and her co-hosts together will provide a fresh and exciting 360-take on the worlds of fashion and celebrity. Topics and segments include the “Dos and Don’ts” of celebrity fashion, hot / upcoming trends, and, of course, opinionated coverage of the best and worst fashions of the big awards show nights.
Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams)
Mother, wife, media mogul, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author, Wendy Williams is best known for her long-running talk show "The Wendy Williams Show." Named one of the "35 Most Powerful People in Media" by The Hollywood Reporter in both 2012 and 2013, Williams' nationally-syndicated weekday program was hailed a "breakthrough in daytime" by The New York Times when it launched in 2009. The Emmy-nominated show—now in its seventh season—airs in 54 countries, on BET at midnight, and has been renewed through 2020. Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted audience of fans throughout an enormously successful 23-year career in radio. "The Wendy Williams Experience" was Williams' top-rated, daily radio show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 - one of only a handful of women with that honor.
Bevy Smith (@BevySmith)
Harlem native and life-long New Yorker Bevy Smith is TV’s go-to, gal-about-town for on-air commentary that is smart, engaging and always maintains an authoritative point of view. After a wildly successful career in advertising, Bevy shifted her professional goals to pursue an entrepreneurial career in entertainment by creating “Dinner With Bevy,” a unique social event connecting trendsetters in fashion, style, entertainment and media at chic, intimate dinner settings. Bevy has hosted dinners for top celebrities, such as Kerry Washington, Soledad O’Brien, Anthony Anderson, T.I., Idiris Elba, Solange, Anthony Mackie and Swizz Beatz. In 2013, Bevy headlined, Bravo TV’s “Fashion Queens.” Bevy continues as a sought-after commentator on various TV shows, including, “The View,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Real,” “Dr. Oz,” “CBS Morning Show” and “Access Hollywood,” as well as on networks. Bevy was recently selected to helm the new weekly, “BET’s Movies and Chill.” As if Bevy could not be in more demand, she was chosen by Andy Cohen to host her own show, “Bevelations,” on his new Sirius XM Channel.
Lloyd Boston (@lloydboston)
America knows TV Host and Style Expert Lloyd Boston best from top shows such as The Insider (CBS), corresponding on the popular companion show to the Emmy-winning Entertainment Tonight. His 360-take on the worlds of fashion, celebrity, lifestyle trends, and pop-culture news has kept TV viewers engaged and on-trend for over fifteen years, while he’s covered all the major award shows. From the Oscars and Emmys, to the Golden Globes and Grammys–he’s been a red carpet fixture for top-rated shows and networks such as Access Hollywood, Extra, CNN, NBC, and CBS.
Robert Verdi (@RobertVerdi)
Robert Verdi is a fearless entrepreneur, celebrity stylist and television personality. As a leading lifestyle expert, Robert has worked with talents like Eva Longoria, Bethenny Frankel, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Kathy Griffin, Kristen Wiig, Joy Behar, Ana Ortiz, Sandra Bernhard, Mariska Hargitay, Bobby Flay, Fantasia, Joely Fisher and Sami Gayle. Famous for his wit and wisdom, Mr. Verdi has become one of the most recognizable faces in the world of fashion and design today. Verdi’s credits include his eponymous network show The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi, She’s Got The Look, host of Surprise by Design, Full Frontal Fashion, Fashion Police and E! Entertainment News Red Carpet; Style expert for The View, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, CNN; and cameo roles in The Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue. In 2014 Robert Verdi launched Great Bag Co. and his signature series, The Model M.
WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD is Executive Produced by Talia Parkinson-Jones for Debmar-Mercury and Wendy Williams Productions.
For more information on WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD visit the official series pages at BET.com/WendysStyleSquad.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; Centric, the first network dedicated to Black women; BET Digital Networks - BET Soul, BET James and BETGospel , attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
About Wendy Williams Productions
Wendy Williams Productions (WWP), formed by Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter, is a production company focusing on live entertainment, the development and production of unscripted and scripted programming, as well as game and talk shows for the cable and broadcast markets. Jill Ramsey serves as President of the company.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; produces and distributes the Craig Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game with co-producer FremantleMedia North America; has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; distributes Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns, as well as Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and, for FX, sitcoms including Lionsgate Television’s Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen and now also airing in national off-network syndication); and has U.S. TV distribution rights to Tosh.0 and South Park. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company.
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