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World Entertainment News Network

This article is about the entertainment news wire service in London, UK. For the radio station in Birmingham, Alabama, US, see WENN (AM).
World Entertainment News Network
Type News, online, Wire Services
Founded London, United Kingdom (1989 (1989))

World Entertainment News Network (commonly known as WENN) is an entertainment text, photo, and video wire-service provider headquartered in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Berlin.

WENN provides breaking entertainment news, images and text features to newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television networks, mobile phone company and websites including Yahoo UK Entertainment News[1] and[2]


WENN was launched as an entertainment news wire service in London in 1989 by UK newspaper journalist and ABC Radio News correspondent Jonathan Ashby. It began as the World Rock News Network (WRNN) and the company soon established a niche for itself, providing music news to subscribers including MTV, BBC, ABC and Russia's daily youth newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda. In 1991 the company name was changed to the World Entertainment News Network (WENN) to reflect its focus on celebrity news and photos. Its picture desk opened in 1993, and a Los Angeles bureau was added in 1994.

A year later, WENN opened a TV operation and spent 18 months interviewing international celebrities for global clients throughout Europe and in Japan and South Africa. Satellite offices followed in Eastern Europe, Japan, Australia and South America.

In 2000, WENN sales director Lloyd Beiny became CEO after Ashby retired. Under Beiny's, WENN opened bureaus hubs in New York City and Berlin, Germany

Former employees

Amy Winehouse and DJ Yoda reported on celebrities in the early 2000s. Other former employees include Matthew Wright, and James Desborough.[3] NME journalist Alan Woodhouse also had a stint at WENN in the late 1990s.[4]


WENN relies on a team[5] of professional photographers including:

  • Aaron D. Settipane, Los Angeles
  • Anthony Dixon, New York
  • Carrie Devorah, Washington, D.C.
  • Judy Eddy, Las Vegas
  • C.M. Wiggins, Chicago
  • Owen Beiny, Los Angeles
  • Patricia Schlein, New York
  • Dominic Chan, Toronto
  • Carsten Windhorst, London
  • Daniel Deme, London
  • Sakura Photogrrl (Henderson), North West UK
  • Ben Benjilali, London
  • Ross Robinson, London
  • Mats Andersson, Sweden
  • Emelie Andersson, Sweden


External links

  • (official website)
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