AND THE WINNER IS...
DMITRY SHOLOKHOV NAMED THE WINNER OF "PROJECT RUNWAY'S" 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2012 - After competing in one of the most emotionally-charged seasons in the history of the series, one in which multiple designers quit before elimination, Belarus-born, professional ballroom dancer-turned-designer Dmitry Sholokhov has been named the winner of Project Runway's milestone 10th Anniversary season by judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and guest judge Academy Award(R) winner Jennifer Hudson. During this season, the designers showcased their talents in a live outdoor runway in Times Square, made couture creations out of candy, multitasked as parents and designers during a kid's clothing challenge and sold homemade goods to earn money for fabric, among other challenges, that tested each designer's passion, creativity and ability to work under pressure.
Sholokhov proved to be a cut above the rest, beating out fellow designers Fabio Costa, Melissa Fleis and Christopher Palu with his organic architecture and geometric-shaped inspired collection. Praised by the judges for his sophisticated, polished, editorial and luxurious designs, Sholokhov receives $100,000 from L'Oréal Paris to start his 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 own vision and run his business and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor.
Sholokhov's model, Katt Vogel, will also appear in the designer's editorial feature in Marie Claire and receives $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 and Liz Claiborne Chief CreativeOfficer Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. Project Runway is the number one unscripted cable series on Thursday nights from 8 to 11pm among Women (excluding sports).
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 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. Barbara Schneeweiss oversees the production on behalf of TheWeinstein Company. 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(R) 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.
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. In the Third Quarter 2012, the network posted major growth in viewership versus Third Quarter 2011, including a 14% increase among Women 18-49, +9% in Women 25-54 and +5% among Adults 18-49, marking the third straight quarter Lifetime has registered year-on-year growth among the key demographics. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) 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.