December 18, 2012 Kannie Yu LaPack
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IN A PROJECT RUNWAY FIRST, SEASON 11 OF THE EMMY® -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 Center where 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® winner Susan Sarandon, country music sensation and Grammy® 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 Emmy® Award winner, supermodel and fashion connoisseur 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 and co-host Emmy® Award winner Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
 
Project Runway is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, Full Picture Entertainment and Heidi Klum Company.  Executive producers include Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Heidi Klum, Jane Cha , Desiree Gruber, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Barbara Schneeweiss,  Mary Donahue and David Hillman.  Gil Goldschein and Teri Weideman serve as co-executive producers. Tim Gunn serves as a producer.
 

ABOUT LIFETIME

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®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ 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.

 

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