How You Stylin’? BET Networks Goes Fashion Forward with the Launch of New Red Carpet Fashion Specials Series, ‘WENDY’S STYLE SQUAD’

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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

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 HollywoodExtra,
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.

About Debmar-Mercury

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.

Contacts

BET Networks
Luis Defrank, 212-205-3156
luis.defrank@bet.net