UPDATED: Lifetime can go forward with its version of Project Runway after NBC Universal went to court to stop The Weinstein Company from moving the show from Bravo. Now there’s a settlement. But let’s call it what it really is: a complete surrender by money-challenged Harvey Weinstein. I’m told that “tons of millions of dollars” were paid by Harv to Jeff Zucker’s fiefdom — not just NBC-Uni legal fees, a claim Weinstein is trying to peddle to the media. The fact is that NBC Universal won every round of this lawsuit, and it even says so in the statement of congratulations from Harvey. (Did they have him strapped down at the time for waterboarding?) As for Lifetime, I hear it’s getting a revamped show that’s not as good as the Bravo original. And Lifetime can’t even put it on the air until late summer. By then, it’s going to be Project Who?
Look at these laugh riot statements:
NBC Universal said today: ”NBC Universal, The Weinstein Company and Lifetime have resolved their disputes. The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime. All of the parties are pleased with the outcome.
Harvey Weinstein added, “I want to personally congratulate Jeff Zucker and NBCU on their success in the litigation and thank Jeff for resolving this in a professional manner. We look forward to working together on our ongoing projects.”
Andrea Wong, President and CEO of Lifetime Networks, just issued this statement: “I couldn’t be more excited that Lifetime will bring its viewers an amazing, all-new season of Project Runway this summer. Lifetime is the perfect home for this outstanding program as well as its companion series Models of the Runway. All of us at Lifetime are thrilled to move forward with Heidi, Tim, Nina, Michael, The Weinstein Company and the entire Project Runway team.”
Now, if only Lifetime could stop its dreary anti-feminist series of brain-deadening movies that pit female against female ad nauseum.
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