LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2015 - Fuse (www.fuse.tv), which recently announced a slate of new programming to extend beyond music, has greenlit six half-hour episodes of Transcendent, an all-new docu-series which documents the triumphs and struggles of what it’s like to be transgender in America today. Set to premiere in the fall of this year, the series is produced by World of Wonder Productions, which also produces Big Freedia, now in its third season and the highest-rated series in the history of Fuse.
“Transcendent is yet another example of where the new Fuse is headed as a network seeking to engage a diverse Millennial audience whose tastes know no cultural boundaries," said Fuse Media, Inc. President Bill Hilary. “With the transgender community in the cultural zeitgeist, it is important to tell these stories with dignity and respect. We have worked with World of Wonder Productions on our #1 show Big Freedia, and I am thrilled to work with them on another series that recognizes and respects the LGBT community and also challenges the status quo of the traditional musical and artistic landscape found on television today.”
"The first time we met the ladies of AsiaSF we were hooked," said World of Wonder Executive Producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. "They're beautiful, brave and unapologetic. Each of them has such unique and compelling stories to tell. To document their lives is a dream come true."
Transcendent documents a 21st century cultural perspective by chronicling the multi-faceted lives of a group of bold and vibrant trans women who not only perform together at the world famous AsiaSF Cabaret and Restaurant in San Francisco (http://asiasf.com) - but also have come together to create a surrogate family. As with the success of docu-series like World of Wonder Productions’ Big Freedia, Transcendent will highlight the diversification of pop culture, gender identity and equality within the entertainment industry. This series will examine the lives of a group of career-driven woman who proudly dance and perform in one of the most sophisticated cabarets in California. Transcendent gives a new spin to living freely, conquering new beginnings and shamelessly creating your own destiny.
Transcendent is executive produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, Larry Hashbarger, Chris Shifflett, Brad Tiemann, and Cameron Kadison.
About World of Wonder
Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining hit series as RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listing (Bravo), #CandidlyNicole (Vh1), Big Freedia (Fuse), Friends to Lovers (Bravo), and Island Hunters (HGTV). RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Big Freedia (Fuse) won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program, and Million Dollar Listing NY (Bravo) was a 2014 Emmy® Award nominee for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including Becoming Chaz and Party Monster, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. Their most recent feature I Am Britney Jean (E!) offers an intimate look at Britney Spears' journey into residency in Las Vegas. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online athttp://worldofwonder.net/. Randy and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the non-fiction and documentary community.
Fuse (www.fuse.tv) is a national television network appealing to New Young Americans (NYAs) – the fast-growing, culturally-diverse audience defined as influencers and tastemakers, ages 18-34. For more than a decade, Fuse has brought viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, news, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks – all rooted in the music experience. Leading into a new look and feel launching this fall, Fuse is expanding beyond music with original programming that reflects a new attitude that is sexy, edgy, relevant and honest. The network is currently available in more than 72 million households, with the Fuse brand reaching consumers across multiple other platforms, from video on demand to online, mobile, social media and live events.
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