IN A "PROJECT RUNWAY" FIRST, SEASON 11 OF THE EMMY(R)-NOMINATED SERIES TO BE A TEAMS EDITION, PREMIERING JANUARY 24 ON LIFETIME
Style Icons HEIDI KLUM, TIM GUNN and NINA GARCIA
Return to the Catwalk with Featured Judge ZAC POSEN
Guest Judges Include BETTE MIDLER, SUSAN SARANDON,
MIRANDA LAMBERT, JOHN LEGEND, JOAN and MELISSA RIVERS,
EMMY ROSSUM, KRISTIN DAVIS, JORDANA BREWSTER
and Designer RACHEL ROY among others
New York, NY (December 18, 2012) - There is no "I" in "TEAM" but there is in "FASHION!" Project Runway's Season 11 returns with a twist that throws 16 eager designers into a panic when they discover they will be participating in the series' first-ever TEAMS EDITION, premiering Thursday, January 24, at 9pm ET/PT. This season, the controversial "team challenges" are taken to a whole new level when the designers must work together for every challenge while ensuring their own garments stand out on the runway to host and judge Heidi Klum, Marie Claire's Fashion Director Nina Garcia and featured judge, award-winning fashion designer Zac Posen. The game-changing new element will push designers to work collaboratively but who will be a team player and who will throw their teammates under the bus? Tim Gunn, will, once again, serve as the mentor to the designers, as they sew their way to New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Centerwhere Michael Kors will serve as the finale guest judge.
Project Runway's 11th Season also features guest judges from the world of film, television and music including the legendary Bette Midler, Oscar(R) winner Susan Sarandon, country music sensation and Grammy(R) Award winner Miranda Lambert, Grammy-winning singer songwriter John Legend, red-carpet fashion experts Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Davis, Jordana Brewster and designers Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Chris Benz and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.
Lifetime will also air the special Road to the Runway prior to the premiere at 8pm ET/PT as an introduction to the new designers. Hosted by Marie Claire's Zanna Roberts Rassi, the special will also feature commentary from Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra and designer alum Laura Kathleen.
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 in1979. 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.
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, asubsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.