update: The CW has issued a press release.
via press release:
THE CW ORDERS CYCLE 20 OF “AMERICA’S”
For the First Time, Male Models Will Also Compete for the Title of “America’s”
October 16, 2012 (Burbank, California) — The CW Network has ordered Cycle 20 of AMERICA’S, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. As part of The CW’s on-going strategy to increase the amount of original summer programming on the network, Cycle 20 will debut in summer 2013 with a specific premiere date to be announced at a later time.
In Cycle 20, for the first time, male models will be added to the group of contestants competing for the title of AMERICA’S, and will move into the models’ house alongside the women. Also in Cycle 20, viewers will continue to have a direct impact on the competition by voting for their favorite models though social media, helping decide who gets eliminated and who stays in the running to becoming AMERICA’S NEXT .
“America’s Next” is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which is currently airing its 19th cycle in the United States. Currently, “America’s Next ” is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production. “America’s Next ” and the “America’s Next ” format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.
America's Next Top Model, the CW's longest running series, has been renewed for a 20th cycle, which will air next summer. The show originally launched in the summer of 2003, on the CW's predecessor, UPN. More details can be found on Deadline.