via press release:
LIFETIME ORDERS NEW SERIES, "AFTER THE RUNWAY," TO AIR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING "PROJECT RUNWAY"
Companion Series Set to Premiere this Thursday, October 6, and Air for Remainder of Emmy(R) Nominated Program's Ninth Season
LOS ANGELES, (October 3, 2011) To satisfy fan demand for more Runway -- Lifetime has ordered four half-hour episodes of After the Runway, an all-new companion series to the network's Emmy(R) Award nominated unscripted program Project Runway. Giving viewers additional commentary and insight into the hit show from its designers themselves, After the Runway will premiere this Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 10:30 PM ET/PT, immediately following Project Runway, and air for the remainder of its ninth season.
After the Runway, hosted by Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor, Zanna Roberts Rossi, will have the exclusive first interview with each week's eliminated designer and provide viewers a unique opportunity to go beyond the runway and hear first-hand what really goes on behind-the-scenes of Project Runway. The show will feature in-depth, roundtable debates, and passionate discussions with Runway's standout designers as they answer pressing questions about what happened both on and off the runway during that evening's episode.
After the Runway will be produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions. Executive producers include Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), and Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions, Heidi Klum, and Jane Cha Cutler and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture Entertainment. Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.
ABOUT PROJECT RUNWAY
Hosted by supermodel and fashion maven Heidi Klum, the hit series Project Runway provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eyes of mentor and Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. The number one reality competition series on ad-supported cable among Women 18-49, Women 25-54 and Women 18+, Project Runway recently was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Reality-Competition category, was awarded with a 2011 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program and also nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award in the Reality-Competition Program category.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. TWC is also active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production and current TWC President of Television Meryl Poster, with credits including the Emmy(R) nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series Project Runway, the VH1 reality series Mob Wives, and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which also received a Peabody Award. The company is currently producing After The Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Project Accessory. The company currently has 17 series in different stages of development, including Marco Polo, a scripted historical series about the great explorer, for Starz; and The Nanny Diaries, being adapted for ABC by Amy Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls).
ABOUT FULL PICTURE ENTERTAINMENT
Full Picture Entertainment combines talent with innovative formats to execute original programming concepts, capitalizing on the company's extensive expertise, experience, and relationships in entertainment, fashion, and beauty. Full Picture co-created and executive produces the seven-time Emmy-nominated, PGA-nominated, and Peabody Award-winning television series Project Runway, as well as Lifetime's reality series Seriously Funny Kids with host Heidi Klum. Additionally, Full Picture's award-winning Digital Media division creates seamlessly integrated digital content, including a partnership with AOL to conceptualize and produce an original lifestyle vertical with Heidi Klum. The company has been recognized with Webby, Communicator, W3, Davey and Hermes Awards for shows including The Victory Project for Special K, Mind Body Balance with Kraft, Home Sweet Home, and Style Studio in partnership with Proctor & Gamble for MSN.
ABOUT BUNIM/MURRAY PRODUCTIONS
Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (25 seasons for MTV). Bunim/Murray continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray's current programming includes The Bad Girls Club, Love Games and upcoming Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kim and Kourtney Take New York and Khloe and Lamar (E!), The Real World/Road Rules Challenge (MTV) and Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including M Theory Entertainment, BMP Films and M Music. BMP Films produced Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.
Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television(R), Lifetime Movie Network(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.