‘l learned everything I know from television, and you can learn everything I know from this book’ - RuPaul
‘ScreenAge is a must-read. We FINALLY have a book that recognizes the profound and positive impact television has had on all our lives.’ - Michelle Visage
A riotous tale of pop culture, backstage drama and showbiz gossip from co-producer of RuPaul's Drag Race and award-winning director Fenton Bailey
World of Wonder is the iconic Hollywood-based production company behindRuPaul's Drag Race as well as other ballsy originals includingThe Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster, Inside Deep Throat and Monica in Black and White.
The production company, founded in 1991 by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, has been making must-see television for three decades, giving a voice to marginalized communities and society's oddballs, all while entertaining audiences with its signature anarchic sense of humor.
Written by co-founder and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Fenton Bailey, this book tracks World of Wonder's triumphs and struggles, from the pair's humble beginnings as aspiring pop stars in '80s New York to managing 'Supermodel of the World' RuPaul.
Packed full of insider gossip featuring a star-studded litany of LGBTQ+ icons such as James St James, Pete Burns, Cher and Britney, this book reveals how Fenton and Randy helped to pioneer the revolutionary genre of reality TV and find success in an ever-changing media landscape.
A must-read for Drag Race die-hards as well as fans of pop culture and reality TV.
About the Author
Fenton Bailey is an award-winning producer and director who has worked with the likes of RuPaul, Britney Spears and Monica Lewinsky. Born in Portsmouth, Fenton attended the University of Oxford and New York University, where he met filmmaking partner Randy Barbato. Together, they founded World of Wonder in 1991 and their documentaries have won acclaim for their focus on society's oddballs and outliers. Their show RuPaul's Drag Race has won dozens of Emmy Awards and they were executive producers on the 2021 biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which won two Oscars.