WOW Report digests oddball news

World of Wonder's 21st Birthday

Celebrities, pop culture’s fringe elements, the drag scene and an assortment of other guilty pleasures are all making headlines throughout the day, every day, in the WOW Report.

Written primarily by Stephen Saban and James St. James, they describe the blog — at http://worldofwonder.net — as “pop culture with a twist.”

“We strive for the feeling that you’re at this fun party, and we’re introducing you to everyone we know,” St. James says. “We’re taking you by the hand and leading you through this great adventure.”

And they’re just the guys to do it. British-born Saban, a SoHo Weekly News columnist on the nightclub scene in the 1970s, was a co-founder of Details magazine in 1982, and also has written for Esquire, Movieline and Us Weekly.

St. James, a celebutante and Club Kid in Manhattan nightclub circles in the late 1980s and early ’90s, penned “Disco Bloodbath” (now published under the title “Party Monster”), which was turned into a 2003 pic starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green.

Saban and St. James each post a dozen or more times a day, putting their spin on pop culture stories, oddities they discover on the Internet, and original content they develop including the recent “Bad Eyebrow Hall of Fame” pictorial and a Grizzly Adams appreciation. Anything featuring RuPaul is good for a flurry of hits and comments.

“We’re constantly blogging, and that’s one of our strengths,” St. James says. “If we have a clunker, in 10 minutes it will be at the bottom of the page because there’s so much going on. We can take chances and do things that may or may not pan out.”

Another 20 or so other World of Wonder staffers also contribute to the blog, which has 30,000 page views per day. They operate with few boundaries, one of them being not to post full-frontal nudity.

“But we get as close to that as we can,” Saban says. “There’s an expression, NSFW — Not Safe for Work. Well, everything is safe here.”

World of Wonder’s 21st Birthday
Docs rock for productive pair | Celebs’ tales told without snark | WOW Report digests oddball news | Relationships with nets, execs run deep | Book chronicles 21-year journey

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Topic Studios

    Layoffs Hit Topic Studios as TV Division Relocates to West Coast (EXCLUSIVE)

    A small round of layoffs has hit Topic Studios this week in the television division, insiders familiar with the company told Variety. One of the insiders said three executives at the New York-based producer and distributor are out: senior vice president of scripted programming and Viacom alum Lisa Leingang, vice president of development Mona Panchal [...]

  • Peter Weber and Mike Johnson

    'The Bachelor's' Mike Johnson on Diversity and New Leading Man Peter Weber

    ABC named its newest star of “The Bachelor” this week, officially making Peter Weber the leading man for Season 24 of the long-running dating show. Social media backlash ensued following the announcement due to ABC’s selection lacking diversity, yet again. Since the dating franchise began in 2002, there has been only one “Bachelorette” of color [...]

  • ABC Studios Logo

    ABC Studios Head of Alternative Fernando Hernandez Exits

    ABC Studios’ head of alternative Fernando Hernandez has departed from his post at the Disney-owned television studio, a source familiar with the situation told Variety. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Hernandez’s exit follows an executive shuffling at the top in recent months that has included the departure of Amy Hartwick, ABC Studio’s head [...]

  • Rob Cowan, Greg Silverman'The Conjuring 2'

    Greg Silverman’s Stampede, School of Rock Team for Unscripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Greg Silverman is partnering with School of Rock through his content creation company Stampede. The collaboration with the music school will create exclusive content, starting with the development of an unscripted series.  School of Rock operates a network of performance-based education franchises that offer students of all ages guidance [...]

  • TV Roundup: Erica Durance Reprises 'Smallville'

    TV News Roundup: Erica Durance Reprises 'Smallville' Role in 'Arrowverse' Crossover

    In today’s TV news roundup, Erica Durance reprises her “Smallville” role in the CW’s annual “Arrowverse” crossover, and Showtime shares with Variety an exclusive sneak peek at the return of “The Circus.” FIRST LOOKS “2020 is the most important election of our lifetime,” Alex Wagner says in a new trailer for the fourth season of [...]

  • Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel WME

    Endeavor Targets Sept. 27 for Stock Debut, IPO Video Tells Company's Origin Story

    After years of preparation, Endeavor is set to make its formal Wall Street debut on Sept. 27, when its stock will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Endeavor has targeted Sept. 26 for the final pricing of its shares. The stock will trade publicly the following day. Earlier this week, Endeavor said its [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content