All-New Season of PROJECT RUNWAY Premieres Tonight
The heat is on! Season 13 of Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated Project Runway (#ProjectRunway) returns tonight, July 24, at 9pm ET/PT with an all new group of aspiring designers. Project Runway is creating a one of a kind, full-season experience with Instagram which kicked off with #RunwayRedemption. Offering one past designer the chance to come back to the workroom and compete in season 13 fans were able to vote on their favorite designer's "InstaPortfolio" choosing from former season favorites Ken Laurence (Season 12) Alexander Pope (Season 12) and Amanda Valentine (Season 11). The Victorious designer will be revealed in the premiere episode to compete against 18 Project Runway newbies. Each will have to make a lasting impression on judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn in order to advance to the next level. But no decision is ever final as Tim will have one opportunity to "save" one designer from being eliminated.
Elimination may come sooner than expected for some! In the premiere episode, the designers are in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show. Before they get to even get to the first challenge, three designers will be sent packing. After that hurdle, the remaining 16 will get their first challenge, -they must create a look that would give the judges a glimpse of what their spring collection would like if they present at New York Fashion Week. The designers will be able to complete their looks with shoes and accessories from the ALDO accessories wall but with only a trunk of fabric to use, like it or not, they have to "make it work."
Guest judges joining Project Runway this season include Emmy award winning Modern Family actress Julie Bowen, Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men, Shay Mitchell from hit series Pretty Little Liars, Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Christian Siriano, British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and Youtube celebrity Bethany Mota.
The Project Runway Season 13 designers are:
· Alexander Knox, 22 - Hometown: Chicago, IL; Resides in Chicago, IL
· Angela Sum, 32 - Hometown: Toronto, Canada; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
· Carrie Sleutskaya, 24 - Hometown: San Diego, CA; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
· Char Glover, 37 - Hometown: Detroit, MI; Resides in Detroit, MI
· Emily Payne, 40 - Hometown: Temple, TX; Resides in San Francisco, CA
· Emmanuel Tobias, 29 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Dallas, TX
· fde zu grau, 45 - Hometown: Coral Gables, FL; Resides in Coral Gables, FL
· Hernan Lander, 33 - Hometown: San Francisco De Macoris, Dominican Republic; Resides in New York, NY
· Jefferson Musanda, 25 - Hometown: Lynn, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Kiniokahokula Zamora, 30 - Hometown: Kapolei, HI; Resides in Honolulu, HI
· Korina Emmerich, 28 - Hometown: Eugene, OR; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Kristine Guico, 26 - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· The Mitchell Perry, 25 - Hometown: Jacksonville, FL; Resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL
· Nzinga Knight, 33 - Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Samantha Plasencia, 27 - Hometown: San Antonio, TX; Resides in San Antonio, TX
· Sandhya Garg, 28 - Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL
· Sean Kelly, 25- Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Tim Navarro, 32 - Hometown: Rochester, MN; Resides in Minneapolis, MN
· Runway Redemption Contestant
The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 from Red Robin to launch their business and the opportunity to design a fashion accessory for all the Red Robin servers; a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother International Corporation; a premiere entertainment center, courtesy of Samsung; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a car from Lexus. Additionally, the winner receives from Mary Kay, an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show and a shoe and accessory collection from ALDO to help enhance their upcoming runway shows. Best Western International will also provide the winner travel and hotel accommodations to fashion capitals and inspiring locations around the world. The winning model will also appear in the winner's fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.
ABOUT PROJECT RUNWAY
Hosted by supermodel and fashion maven Emmy Award winner Heidi Klum, the hit Emmy(R)-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 The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster 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
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 which is currently on air. 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. Scripted project currently in production is John Fusco's historical action-adventure epic Marco Polo. Announced scripted projects in development include 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 The Real World (renewed for season 30 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 Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, and Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Love Thy Sister (WE tv) and Project Runway All Stars, and Project Runway: Under the Gunn (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. 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, LL0C, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.