Project Runway gets some of its magic back: Magical Elves to produce new season on Bravo
Project Runway is all about innovation, but sometimes a classic look is just as exciting.
A few weeks after announcing that the hit reality series will be returning in 2019 to its original network, Bravo, the network now says Magical Elves, the production company that worked on the first five seasons of Runway and also produces Top Chef., will also be back.
“Project Runway has truly come full circle with the Magical Elves on board,” Shari Levine, executive vice president of current production at Bravo said in a statement Friday. “Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth have been incredible producing partners with us through the years on multiple fronts. We blazed a trail with the first seasons of Project Runway on Bravo, and now look forward to beginning the next evolution of the franchise with the team that was so instrumental in developing the format.”
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In 2009, Project Runway made the move from Bravo to Lifetime, where it aired for seasons 6 through 16. In April, Lifetime terminated their contract with the hit reality competition because it was produced by The Weinstein Co.
In bankruptcy court, A+E said it had notified The Weinstein Co. last November that it was in breach of its contract regarding the popular reality series, Deadline reported at the time. The cable network group said the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein detailed by The New York Times constituted a breach of its contract, by failing to disclose the potential legal liability, and failing to provide a safe workplace for its employees.
Pre-production has already begun on season 17 of Project Runway.