Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Project Runway' Is Returning to Bravo Next Season Post-Weinstein

'Project Runway' Is Returning to Bravo Next Season Post-Weinstein

Project Runway returns to Bravo through an agreement between Bravo Media LLC and Lantern Entertainment LLC, whose bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Company (which includes Project Runway), was approved by the DE bankruptcy court on May 8. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a recent acquisition deal means that "PR" will indeed make it work once again. The A+E net renewed the series for three more seasons in 2016 in a deal with The Weinstein Company. A+E formally canceled the agreement on January 10, effectively ending the network's commitments to air future seasons of the show. Williams, an effervescent, creative designer, finished fifth season seven of "Project Runway" when it was on Lifetime, followed by two stints on "All Stars". I had heard that that deal was very pricey and included an expansive movie package of lower-profile TWC movies that Lifetime was obligated to buy.

The suit was settled in April 2009, and the show made its move to Lifetime starting in August of that year.

The relocation triggered bitter litigation. At the time, NBC Universal argued that Weinstein didn't allow Bravo to match the deal that Lifetime offered.

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After several months of uncertainty about its future, "Project Runway" has received a real-life version of the Tim Gunn Save: The show will be back for a 17th season, and it's returning to its original network, Bravo.

There is no mention in Bravo's announcement of Bunim-Murray, the production company that did the show during its Lifetime run. The popularity of Project Runway has also spawned spinoffs like Under the Gunn and Project Runway: Junior, and several global iterations all over the globe. I hear it is possible for Bunim-Murray to continue but that is considered unlikely.

"'Project Runway' is coming back where it all started", Cohen told the upfronts crowd. Frances Berwick, the President of Lifestyle Networks NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment released a statement about the move, expressing excitement about the opportunity.

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