Friday, September 26, 2008

Round One to Bravo!

Photo from WireImage.
Reports are coming in from all over - let's start with the official press release from NBC/Universal:

"NBC Universal is pleased that the court granted our motion for a preliminary injunction against The Weinstein Company. The overwhelming evidence demonstrated that The Weinstein Company violated NBC Universal's right of first refusal to future cycles of Project Runway. After hearing all of the evidence, the court issued an order prohibiting The Weinstein Company from taking the show or any spin-off to Lifetime."

Perhaps the switch to Lifetime is not a "done deal" after all!

Click here for Mo Ryan's take from the Chicago Tribune.

Click here for the TVWeek post, including responses from both Lifetime and Weinstein:

Lifetime: "We are disappointed with the court's decision to grant the preliminary injunction against the Weinstein Company.," Lifetime said in response to the ruling.

"It's unfortunate that the people hurt most by this ongoing dispute are the loyal fans of Project Runway. In the meantime, Lifetime will pursue all measures to uphold its valid and binding agreement reached with the Weinstein Company for Season 6 of Project Runway."

Does this mean Bravo could still get Season 6? Weinstein says not so fast:

"We are glad that the court held that NBC Universal cannot exhibit the program on Bravo and that court required NBC Universal to post a minimum $20 million bond. Obviously we will be appealing and remain committed to our partners," the Weinstein Co. said.

Stay tuned... we'll watch what happens....