OSCAR LOPEZ MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST-EVER WINNER
OF PROJECT RUNWAY: UNDER THE GUNN
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 10, 2014) - Lifetime's Project Runway: Under the Gunn (#UndertheGunn), hosted by Emmy(R) Award winner Tim Gunn, crowns Cuban native Oscar Lopez as the winner of the inaugural season after a star-studded fashion show at the Los Angeles Theater. Up against fellow designers Asha Daniels, Sam Donovan and Shan Keith, Lopez, with the help of his mentor, Nick Verreos, impressed the esteemed judges' panel, which included designer Rachel Roy, celebrity stylist Jen Rade, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi and special guest judges, Heidi Klum (Project Runway) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother). Ultimately it was the beauty and sophistication of Lopez's five-piece collection that lead the judges to choose him as the season's winner.
As the winner of Project Runway: Under the Gunn, Lopez 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; Blowpro hair styling products; 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.
Lopez also receives the opportunity work closely with the Benefit Cosmetics' creative team to design a new uniform for their field, showcasing Lopez's design aesthetic blended with Benefit's spirit of fun & laughter. On Monday, April 14th, Benefit will host a national press event at their Soho boutique in New York to unveil the new design which Lopez designed exclusively for Benefit Cosmetics to top beauty and fashion editors.
Beating out his fellow mentors Anya Ayoung-Chee and Mondo Guerra to help bring in the win for Lopez, Nick Verreos will also receive a 2014 Lexus CT 200h, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a spot as guest editor for one year.
Project Runway: 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, Gil Goldschein, Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions and Tim Gunn. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
TWC 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, prepping for its 13th season on Lifetime; with its spin-off series and critically-acclaimed Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano and Project Runway: Under The Gunn, hosted by Tim Gunn. TWC series that were produced in 2013 include Mob Wives Season 4 which VH1 has green lit for Season 5, Million Dollar Shoppers for Lifetime, Rodeo Girls
for A&E and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor Season 2 for TLC. Announced scripted projects in development include John Fusco's historical action-adventure epic Marco Polo, Ten Commandments a 10 part event series with each episode to be helmed by a different A-list director and focusing on one commandment 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 Peabody 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 TheReal World (29 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with thefirst reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (FOX), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray's programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn (Lifetime), Motor City Masters (truTV), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen). 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 andthe 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. As a result of the network's aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime's second straight year of growth among Total Viewers. 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.