LIFETIME AND YAHOO TV PARTNER TO PREMIERE SPECIAL "ROAD TO THE RUNWAY" ONLINE
One Hour Project Runway Casting Special Now Available
to Promote Emmy(R) Nominated Series' August 6 Linear Premiere
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 30, 2015) - In advance of Emmy(R) Award nominated Project Runway's (#ProjectRunway) upcoming Season 14 debut, Lifetime and Yahoo TV have partnered to premiere the hour-long casting special Road to the Runway online, effective immediately. Introducing this season's set of designers with home and closet tours of each contestant and giving a first look into what's in store for the series' 14th season, Road to the Runway will air linearly at 8pm ET/PT next Thursday, August 6th, leading into Project Runway's return at 9pm ET/PT.
Road to the Runway will also be available for preview on demand through A+E Networks' cable, satellite, and telco distribution partners, myLifetime.com and the Lifetime App (via iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360 and Amazon Fire TV).
Recently nominated for four Emmys, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, Project Runway returns with 16 new hopeful designers competing for fashion glory. With New York as their canvas for inspiration, the fashion adventure of their lives will only last as long as they continue to impress judges Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Gunn. But no decision is ever final, as Gunn will once again have an opportunity to "save" one designer from being eliminated.
Guest judges this season include Bella Thorne (Scream), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Paula Patton (About Last Night), Ashley Tisdale (Clipped), Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer (UnREAL), singer/songwriter Ciara Singer and America's Got Talent judge Mel B, Supermodel Coco Rocha, fashion designer Lisa Perr and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and host of Lifetime's Project Runway Junior, Hannah Davis
The Project Runway Season 14 designers are:
· Amanda Perna, 28 - Delray Beach, FL
· Ashley Nell Tipton, 23 - San Diego, CA
· Blake Patterson, 24 - Chardon, OH, and Los Angeles, CA
· Candice Marie Cuoco, 27 - San Francisco, CA
· David Giampiccolo, 31 - Brussels, Belgium, and Los Angeles, CA
· Duncan Chambers-Watson, 25 - Christchurch, New Zealand
· Edmond Newton, 36 - Union, SC, and Atlanta, GA
· Gabrielle Arruda, 27 - Brooklyn, NY
· Hanmiao Yang, 26 - Chengdu, China, and New York, NY
· Jake Wall, 35 - San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, CA
· Joseph Poli, 37 - San Diego, CA, and Las Vegas, NV
· Kelly Dempsey, 31 - Monson, MA, and Boston, MA
· Laurie Underwood, 29 - Chicago, IL
· Lindsey Creel, 28 - Austin, TX
· Merline Labissiere, 32 - Miami, FL, and Savannah, GA
· Swapnil Shinde, 33 - Mumbai, India
The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 to launch his or her business and a Celebrity Cruises(R) modern luxury vacation for two to almost anywhere in the world. Sally Beauty will supply a year's worth of products and the opportunity to consult with Sally Beauty to create a limited edition "FingerPaints" nail color collection. Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world will be provided by Best Western International and from Mary Kay, the winner will receive an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. The winner also receives a 2015 Lexus RC 350 and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winning designer and model will also receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.
ABOUT PROJECT RUNWAY
Hosted by supermodel, fashion maven and Emmy(R) Award winner Heidi Klum, the hit Emmy nominated series Project Runway provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eyes of mentor, co-host and Emmy Award winner Tim Gunn with judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company) and Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions, Heidi Klum, and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture Entertainment. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) boasts an active television production division which garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013 and five in 2014. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars. Scripted series include John Fusco's Marco Polo with Netflix, going into its second season. Other recent TWC television productions include Mob Wives, Rodeo Girls, Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Project Runway: Under the Gunn, Project Runway: Threads, Cement Heads, and Million Dollar Shoppers. Scripted projects in development and production include Ten Commandments, War and Peace which is a co-production with BBC and will air on A+E Networks, and The Reaper, an event series for NBC. TWC also developed Nanny Diaries and produced The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
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 (30 seasons on 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 also includes I Am Cait, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Dash Dolls, Stewarts & Hamiltons and Total Divas (E!), Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime), Love Thy Sister (WE tv), Bad Girls Club (Oxygen) and Valerie's Home Cooking (Food Network). 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.
ABOUT FULL PICTURE ENTERTAINMENT
Full Picture Entertainment's multiple divisions include Television & Digital Production, Publicity/Marketing, Management, Branding/Licensing and online fashion portal Modelinia. Full Picture co-created and executive produces the eleven-time Emmy- nominated, PGA-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series Project Runway. Full Picture has also produced companion series Threads, Project Runway Junior, Models of the Runway, Fashion Nation for TVGN, CW's Stylista, Modelinia Fashion Week TV, as well as Lifetime's Seriously Funny Kids. Full Picture has numerous scripted and reality projects currently in development relating to fashion, food, luxury branding and health-fitness for television and online distribution.
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, in 2014 the network reached its strongest ranking among the key Women 18-49 demo in six years and its youngest median age in 18 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.