LATE NIGHTS WITH ANDRE: André Leon Talley is aiming to bring his larger-than-life persona to the small screen. The voluble Vogue contributing editor has inked a deal with production company Electus to develop a late-night talk show. Electus, a partnership between former NBC Entertainment cochairman Ben Silverman and IAC Corp., has coproduced “Fashion Star,” “Mob Wives,” and “Teen Wolf.” Silverman has also been an executive producer on “The Office,” “Ugly Betty” and “The Biggest Loser.”
Talley will serve as executive producer of the potential chat-fest, along with Electus. He said his goal is to create “a show that blends Dick Cavett’s approach to eloquence and sophistication with unparalleled access into my international fashion lifestyle. A forum where unique stories will be told and inspirations shared.”
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Marc Beckman of DMA United brokered the deal between Talley and Electus. Beckman said the show was still in the early stages of development but would likely be geared towards a cable network. “We think a television platform is an ideal showcase for André’s personality to shine and bring together his amazing network of personal contacts, ranging from designers to musicians to politicians,” he noted.
Talley has already racked up a string of on-screen credits, serving as a fashion correspondent for Entertainment Tonight since last year, as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model” from 2009 to 2011 and a red-carpet critic for ABC’s coverage of the Academy Awards in 2007. He videotapes a regular series for vogue.com called “Mondays With André,” and he’s scored cameos on the big screen in “Sex and The City: The Movie,” “The September Issue” and “Valentino: The Last Emperor.”
Talley will continue to contribute to Vogue and explore other special projects within Condé Nast, said Beckman.
In separate news, Talley has also signed on for the role of editor at large at Numéro Russia, which is slated to publish its first issue in March. Talley will help conceive covers, select feature stories and develop a monthly column for the magazine. The new title is a partnership between France’s Groupe Alain Ayache, which publishes the original version of Numéro, and Russia’s Artcom Media Group.