'Project Runway' cleared to air on Lifetime
"NBC Universal, The Weinstein Company and Lifetime have resolved their disputes," a statement from the parties involved reads. "The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move 'Project Runway' to Lifetime. All of the parties are pleased with the outcome."
In a separate statement, Lifetime president and CEO Andrea Wong says, "I couldn't be more excited that Lifetime will bring its viewers an amazing, all-new season of 'Project Runway' this summer. ... All of us at Lifetime are thrilled to move forward with
Lifetime announced at its upfront last year that it had acquired the rights to "Project Runway" and would begin airing the series in November 2008. NBC Universal -- parent company of the show's previous home, Bravo -- sued to block the move, claiming that The Weinstein Co. denied Bravo a right of first refusal to pick up more seasons of the show.
Lifetime's deal with The Weinstein Co. includes five more seasons of "Project Runway," a spinoff series called "Models of the Runway" and a third show called "Project Pygmalion," along with a package of Weinstein Co. movies that will air on the cable channel.
"Project Runway's" final season on Bravo ended in October. It averaged 3.6 million viewers -- making it the most-watched season of the show ever -- with almost two-thirds of those viewers falling in the adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers love. Close to 5 million people watched the finale.