LIFETIME ANNOUNCES 16 NEW DESIGNERS AND GUEST JUDGES FOR "UNDER THE GUNN," PREMIERING JANUARY 16
Hosted by Tim Gunn, Guest Judges Include HEIDI KLUM, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, MACKLEMORE
JAIMIE ALEXANDER, ZOEY DEUTCH, ZENDAYA, GEORGINA CHAPMAN and TRINA TURK
WITH A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY SARAH HYLAND
PASADENA, CA (January 9, 2014) - Lifetime's newest fashion competition series, Under the Gunn (#UnderTheGunn), premieres January 16, 2014, at 9pm ET/PT. The series' Emmy(R) Award-winning host Tim Gunn selected three past Project Runway luminaries, Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos, to each lead a group of designers to fashion stardom. They will have to nurture and inspire their band of hopefuls week-after-week to ensure their designers' looks impress the program's judges, including designer Rachel Roy; celebrity stylist Jen Rade, creator of some of the most iconic red carpet looks in Hollywood; and TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi. Under the Gunn will feature guest judges Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), musician Macklemore, actors Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy), Zendaya (Disney Channel's Shake It Up), designers Georgina Chapman (co-founder of Marchesa) and Trina Turk, and costumer Wendy Partridge, and special appearance by Sarah Hyland (Modern Family, Vampire Academy).
Under the Gunn designers are:
· Amy Sim, 53, Hometown: Portland, OR
· Asha Daniels, 25 - Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
· Blake Smith, 25 - Hometown: Hoboken, NJ
· Brady Lange, 29 - Hometown: Portland, OR
· Camilia X Castillo, 47 - Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
· Isabelle Donola, 33- Hometown: New York, NY
· Melissa Grimes, 29- Hometown: Birmingham, AL
· Michelle Uberreste, 29 - Hometown: Burbank, CA
· Natalia Fedner, 30 - Hometown: West Hollywood, CA
· Nicholas Komor, 26 - Hometown: Atlanta, GA
· Oscar Lopez, 40 - Hometown: Coral Gables, FL
· Rey Ortiz, 32 - Hometown: Añasco, Puerto Rico
· Sam Donovan, 23 - Hometown: Ashland, MA
· Shan Keith, 33 - Hometown: St. Louis, MO
· Stephanie Ohnmacht, 37 - Denver, CO
The winner of Under the Gunn will receive a cash prize of $100,000; a top of the line sewing and embroidery studio, courtesy of Brother International Corporation; an all-expense paid inspirational trip to Paris, courtesy of Blowpro the blowout experts, and Blowpro styling products; the opportunity to design the uniform for Benefit Cosmetics; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus CT 200h; and the opportunity to design a collection sold exclusively at francesca's(R), your destination for unique clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Winner will also receive the opportunity to go to Benefit Cosmetics headquarters in San Francisco and work closely with the creative team to design a new uniform for the Benefit Cosmetics field team members. The designer will then travel to NYC for a national press conference unveiling the new design for benefit cosmetics to the top beauty and fashion editors.
The winning mentor of Under the Gunn will receive a 2014 Lexus CT 200h, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a spot as guest editor for one year.
Under the Gunn hails the producers of the Emmy nominated Project Runway, The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions. The 13-episode series was made in Los Angeles at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). 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 Teri Weidman of Bunim/Murray Productions and Tim Gunn. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue 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 also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as Scream, Spy Kids and Scary Movie. TWC also boasts an active television production division led by former Miramax Films Co-President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013. The Weinstein Company Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway; with its spin-off series Project Accessory and the critically acclaimed Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano in its upcoming third season. TWC recently launched Miami Monkey on VH1, and Million Dollar Shoppers and Supermarket Superstar on Lifetime. TWC is currently in production on Mob Wives Season 4 for VH1; and Welcome To Myrtle Manor Season 2 for TLC. Upcoming TWC series premieres include Rodeo Girls for A&E. Announced scripted projects in development include John Fusco's historical action-adventure epic Marco Polo and an adaptation of Daniel Stashower's bestselling Civil War-era spy thriller The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Amy Sherman Palladino's The Nanny Diaries for ABC and produced the award-winning HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, directed by Anthony Minghella.
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 (28 seasons for MTV). BMP 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 programming includes Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. In 2012, as a result of its aggressive programming strategy that doubled the hours of original programming, 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(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.