She joins with manager Kevin Hunter and Debmar-Mercury to form Wendy Williams Productions. They sign veteran reality producer Lisa Knapp as SVP of development for WWP’s slate of non-fiction reality, game and talk programming aimed at cable and broadcast markets.
Wendy Williams Forms Production Company
Wendy Williams Hunter and her manager Kevin Hunter have formed the non-fiction programming company, Wendy Williams Productions (WWP), naming veteran producer Lisa Knapp as SVP of development.
WWP will focus on the development and production of reality, game and talk shows for the cable and broadcast markets. Williams will be executive producer of the projects and may also have an on-camera role in some.
In her new role, Knapp will oversee all development and production for WWP, as well as the strategic development and growth of the company. Knapp formerly was head of development for reality production house 44 Blue. She will be based at the Los Angeles offices of Debmar-Mercury, which will also be a partner in the new company and continue to be the producer/distributor of Williams’ nationally syndicated The Wendy Williams Show.
“This is a dream come true,” Williams said. “Kevin and I have been kicking around so many ideas and are excited to be able to now bring them to life with our own production shingle. As anyone who watches my show knows, I am a huge fan of all reality and game shows, and know a thing or two about talk. Lisa has spent a career creating and producing the kind of television shows I love, and we are thrilled to have her guide our development efforts. We don’t plan on wasting much time, so stay tuned for some must-see programming ahead.”
Throughout her career, Knapp has specialized in creating reality “docu-soap” programming, including Knievel’s Wild Ride i Gene Simmons Family Jewels for A&E; Bands Reunited and Ambushed for VH1; The Bachelorette for ABC and Mommas Boys for NBC, among others.