Proposed 'Runway' network move blocked

Sept. 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The proposed move of the TV series "Project Runway" from Bravo to the Lifetime network has been temporarily blocked by a New York judge's ruling.

New York State Supreme Court Judge Richard B. Lowe III ruled in favor of NBC Universal, granting the studio that owns the Bravo network a preliminary injunction in the proposed network shift of the popular reality series, The New York Times reported Saturday.

NBC Universal officials allege the Weinstein Co., which owns "Runway," never gave the NBC group a chance to counter the offer from Lifetime officials.

The judge's ruling poses a major problem for Lifetime executives, who had been prepared to premiere the fifth season of the fashion-based series Jan. 7 and create related spin-off series.

The injunction not only forbids the cable network from airing the series, but from offering any kind of "Runway" promotions or creating other series based on the show.

The Times said the Weinstein Co. plans to appeal.

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