From one of Hollywood’s boldest and most daring production companies comes The World According to Wonder, a wildly glamorous book featuring never-before-seen photos and exclusive stories from some of the world’s most controversial, exposed and interesting personalities.
Available Now at Amazon.com and digitally at the iBooks Store, The World According to Wonder is the premier publication from the LA-based production company World of Wonder, co-founded by award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. The book is not simply a celebration of 21 years of production and people; it also has a story to tell. Bailey and Barbato began at the dawn of reality television, and they skillfully track the continued rise of this revolutionary format through their modest triumphs and abysmal failures. Their joyful passion for telling the stories of those on the margins of society is at the heart of this collector’s item that is at once a coffee table book and a conversation piece.
With nearly 400 pages and 300 never-before-seen original personality portraits shot mostly by famed photographers Idris Rheubottom and Tony Craig, the book brings to together Pamela Anderson, Chaz Bono, Andy Cohen, Elvira, Linda Evangelista, Larry Flynt, Perez Hilton, La Toya Jackson, Kato Kaelin, Imelda Marcos, Joey Ramone, RuPaul, Chloe Sevigny, Ultra Naté, Dita von Teese, John Waters, Carnie Wilson and Holly Woodlawn — among many others.
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato founded World of Wonder Productions in 1991 after meeting at NYU Film School and have since been purveyors of fine documentaries, cutting-edge programming and radical entertainment. They have created features and series that have garnered numerous awards, astounded film festivals and mesmerized audiences. 1999 saw their first visit to the Sundance Film Festival with the Emmy® Award-winning documentary Party Monster followed by the headline grabbing films The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Inside Deep Throat and& Becoming Chaz.
Together they have produced or directed more than 23 programs for HBO, including Monica in Black and White, a feature documentary about Monica Lewinsky, Heidi Fleiss: Madam of Crystal and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking. In September 2011, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell premiered on HBO on the very day that the controversial military policy was repealed. This December, they will release their HBO documentary In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, celebrating 120 years of Vogue.
Their hit shows include Million Dollar Listing and Million Dollar Listing: New York for Bravo, RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U for Logo, Finding Sarah (about the Duchess of York’s spiritual journey back from disgrace) for OWN, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood and All The Right Moves for Oxygen and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys for Sundance Channel. Life With La Toya s currently in production for OWN, starring La Toya Jackson.
Over the years, Barbato and Bailey have received numerous awards including the annual Frameline Award in 2003, which recognizes filmmakers who have made a significant contribution to lesbian and gay media arts; the 2010 Emmy® for their nature documentary The Last Beekeeper; and, most recently, they were honored with the 2011 Outfest Annual Achievement Award.
With offices in Hollywood and London, the pair have produced cutting-edge fiction and non-fiction programming for HBO, Showtime, VH1, IFC, Discovery, MTV, OWN, TLC, E!, BBC, PBS, Channel 4 UK, and other digital outlets that can be found online at https://worldofwonder.net/. Their popular WOW Report receives more than 300,000 visitors a month.