A+E Networks has cancelled Project Runway and its spinoffs, despite previously renewing the Weinstein Co.-owned series through Season 18.
As reported by Variety, the about-turn comes in the wake of the 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. 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. 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 A+E also rescinded a separate licensing agreement for a “Project Runway” movie.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.
It remains to be seen whether A+E can acquire Project Runway outright to revive the franchise. However, as things stand, its the cancellation runway after 16 seasons for the mothership, six seasons for Project Runway All Stars and two seasons for Project Runway Junior.