Prospects dimmed for “Project Runway” after A+E Networks scrapped a deal that was in place to run two additional seasons of the show, Variety reports. A court filing revealed that the company pulled the plug on the deal with The Weinstein Co. following sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
“The Weinstein Co. owns ‘Project Runway’ and its spinoffs, ‘Project Runway All Stars’ and ‘Project Runway: Junior,’ all of which run on A+E’s Lifetime channel,” Variety reports. “In 2016, Lifetime announced that ‘Project Runway’ had been renewed for three additional seasons, of which only one has aired so far.
“But the network unilaterally canceled the deal on Jan. 10, according to a filing Tuesday in the Weinstein Co. bankruptcy, arguing that Weinstein’s sexual misconduct constituted a breach of the agreement.”
Variety adds: “Specifically, A+E alleged The Weinstein Co. had failed to operate a workplace within the bounds of the law, failed to notify A+E of potential legal claims, and failed to abide by A+E standards and practices. A+E also rescinded a separate licensing agreement for a ‘Project Runway’ movie. Weinstein has been accused of using his connection to ‘Project Runway’ and to the fashion industry to gain access to young models.”