The reality fashion show “Project Runway” will not be able to strut its stuff on the Lifetime TV channel, a judge ruled Friday.
A preliminary injunction was ordered by New York Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Lowe in a lawsuit filed by NBC Universal against the Weinstein Co., which produces the hit reality series hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum.
NBC Universal had aired the series on its Bravo channel. It sued Weinstein after the production company made a reported $150 million deal with Lifetime for the show.
The temporary injunction bars Weinstein from taking “Project Runway” or any spinoff to Lifetime and contended that evidence showed that Weinstein violated NBC’s “right of first refusal” for the show.
Weinstein Co. said in a statement that it intended to appeal the decision, which was applauded by NBC Universal.
Lifetime said it was disappointed with the ruling and that it will “pursue all measures” to uphold its agreement with Weinstein for the show’s sixth season.
Also part of the judge’s ruling, Lifetime and Weinstein cannot promote, market or air “Project Runway.”
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