via press release:
PROJECT RUNWAY GETS SUPERSIZED WITH EXPANDED
TWO-HOUR EPISODES LEADING UP TO SEASON 11 FINALE
FAN FAVORITE JUDGE MICHAEL KORS TO RETURN FORHIT SHOW’S THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH, FINALE
Multiple Grammy® Winner John Legend Guest Judges on April 11
Lifetime to Air PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 11 REUNION SPECIAL, With Host Zanna Roberts Rassi, on May 2
New York, NY(April 3, 2013) – For the remainder of this season of Lifetime’s Emmy® Award-nominated Project Runway, viewers and fashionistas will get their fill with three straight weeks of extended two-hour episodes, starting Thursday, April 11th, from 9:00pm- 11:00pm ET/PT, when guest judge multiple Grammy winner John Legend lends his hand to decide which designers get to go to Fashion Week as the remaining designers travel to Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and London seeking inspiration for their final challenge.
Project Runway’s two-part finale, beginning April 18th, will showcase the finalists working on their collections and hometown visits with co-host and mentor Tim Gunn, concluding on April 25th with the eagerly anticipated final runway show at Lincoln Center, where Michael Kors returns to the series as the finale’s guest judge to help determine the winner with Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
On Thursday, May 2, at 9pm ET/PT, Lifetime will air The Project Runway Season 11 Reunion Special, in which all 16 talented designers from Season 11 will return one last time to have their chance to rant, rave and reminisce about their experience on the show with host and Marie Claire’s Senior Fashion Editor, Zanna Roberts Rassi.
As part of the winner’s prize package, this season’s victorious designer will receive $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris to start his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a 2013 Lexus GS 350, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create his/her own vision and run his/her business and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor. The model paired with the winner of Project Runway will also appear in the designer's Marie Claire editorial feature and receive $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris EverStyle.
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 Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea and Colleen Sands 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 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 is active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production Meryl Poster, who returned to the company in 2010 as President of Television. TWC is the production company behind such hit shows as the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series Project Runway, spin-off series Project Runway All Stars and Project Accessory, the VH1 reality series Mob Wives, spin-off series Mob Wives Chicago and Big Ang, and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency which also received a Peabody Award. The company is currently in production on the upcoming TLC reality series Trailer Park Lives and pre-production on the martial-arts epic Marco Polo for Starz and the Lifetime reality competition show Supermarket Superstar hosted by Stacy Keibler. TWC’s other projects in development with network partners include an untitled private eye procedural for FX and The Nanny Diaries developed by ABC with a pilot by Amy Sherman Palladino.
Lifetime is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. In 2012, as a result of its aggressive triple threat programming strategy doubling its amount of original programming spanning scripted dramas, reality series and movies, Lifetime posted its strongest year-on-year growth among the key demographics in 10+ years, while also reaching its youngest median age in 16 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® 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 and Hearst Corporation.