Fashion competition series Project Runway is heading back to its first home, Bravo, in time for its 17th season.
The NBCUniversal-owned net launched Project Runaway in 2004 where it continued airing through 2008, before heading over to A+E Network’s channel Lifetime for its sixth season in 2009. The A+E net renewed the series for three more seasons in 2016 in a deal with The Weinstein Company. However, A+E, arguing a breach of the agreement, formally axed its deal with the company this past January after sexual assault claims against Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein came to light.
“This franchise will be an important cornerstone to complement Bravo’s original premium scripted and unscripted slate, and we expect it to drive the same level of fandom and passion as we experienced last time it was on Bravo,” said Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, in a statement.
The deal was brokered between Bravo Media and Lantern Entertainment, whose bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Company – including Project Runway – was approved by the Delaware bankruptcy court on May 8. The deal is subject to Lantern closing that acquisition.
“As we anticipate formally completing the acquisition process, the opportunity to return Project Runway to its original home at Bravo and foster a long-term and productive partnership with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is an exciting first step for Lantern Entertainment,” added Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, co-presidents at Lantern Capital.
Bravo and Lantern have also agreed to develop further unscripted projects for Bravo and other networks in the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio.
While Bunim/Murray Productions served as coproducers for the series during its run on Lifetime, it is unclear as to whether it will continue in that capacity when the series returns to Bravo.