Hillsong Church is the first church to sign with WME. WME is an agency that handles the promotion of celebrity pastors such as T.D.Jakes, Joel Osteen and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's faith-focused LightWorkers Media shingle. However, they have never had a church as their signee.
Now WME will help the church, which has more than 10 million social media followers and 9 million annual visitors to its website, expand its TV viewership of more than 10 million globally (in the U.S., services can be viewed on multiple cable channels). The agency also will work to find film and digital opportunities. Warner Bros. had been set to release Let Hope Rise, a documentary about its worship band, in April, but distribution talks fell through in January.
Hillsong Church started out in a suburb in Sydney under the leadership of Brian and Bobbie Houston. A church that started with 45 members now has almost 100,000 attendees in 11 countries around the world each week. It's also the church where celebrities such as Justin Bieber attends. Vanessa Hudgens has sung onstage with the Hillsong Worship team and Selena Gomez, a regular at Hillsong's newest location at downtown Los Angeles' Belasco Theater, recently shared her Instagram cover of Hillsong's No. 1 Billboard Christian Songs hit "Oceans."
Hillsong Church is known for their worship songs including "Shout to the Lord," "Made Me Glad," "Worthy is the Lamb" and "Mighty to Save."