Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are the duo behind Magical Elves, the prodco that has produced hits like Top Chef and Project Runway. With Runway now out of their hands and Top Chef still bringing in viewers to Bravo, we chatted with the Elves about how they’re working their magic on some new projects.
Recently, the team announced working on an upcoming reality program following Kelly Cutrone, the woman behind fashion PR firm People’s Revolution. Cutrone has popped up in MTV’s The Hills and now The City as a force to be reckoned with, which the producers recognized upon meeting her through their reps at William Morris. Cutforth says she is a ‘force of nature, but also much more.’ The show, to air on Bravo, will aim to display a side beyond the blunt talking business woman and show her as a positive role model, focusing on her single mother status.
‘After we parted ways with Project Runway, it was important to be back in the fashion business, but it was important to not tread the same ground,’ says Cutforth. The team left the show when it was announced it would move from Bravo to Lifetime for its sixth season.
The Magical Elves are also debuting Top Chef Masters on Bravo, an extension of the Top Chef series. In this version, guest chef judges from Top Chef will handle challenges, all leading up to a tournament for charity. Food writer Kelly Choi is slated to host, while regular judges will include New York Magazine food critic Gael Green, Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland and British journalist Jay Rayner.