Until now Irving Azoff has served in an unofficial advisory capacity for Chelsea Handler – now he’ll get paid for his work. In addition to guiding Handler’s personal brand, Azoff will serve as a key adviser to Borderline Amazing Productions, the production outfit she operates with Chelsea Lately EP, Tom Brunelle, and Co-EP, Brad Wollack. The host of E!’s top-rated late night talker Chelsea Lately, Handler is positioning herself for life after her current contract expires at the end of 2014. “I have many more things I want to achieve – in addition to my nightly show, of course. I’ve known Irving for a while – actually, since he auditioned for Chuy’s job”. (Chuy Bravo is Handler’s assistant on Chelsea Lately). “I know he’s primarily a music manager, so just to stop the rumors before they start… I won’t be dropping an album”, Handler said in a release. Azoff added, “She is an original and there’s no one else like her in comedy and on television. She can be a total bitch, but I’ve dealt with a lot of those before. Chelsea is damn good at what she does and has an undeniably strong brand. She and the guys have exciting ideas for the future of her career and production company. My goal is to assist them in facilitating and realizing their vision.”
In addition to Lately, Borderline Amazing Productions produces E!’s, Hello Ross, with Ross Mathews. On the scripted front, the company produced three seasons of After Lately – a comedy about the lives of the Chelsea Lately staff behind the scenes – as well as the NBC sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea? Last season the company had four scripts in contention at Fox, NBC and ABC. Handler and Borderline Amazing continue to be repped by CAA and attorney Craig Jacobson at Hansen, Jacobson ,Teller & Hoberman.
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