Auf wiedersehen, certainly.
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the celebrities who turned “Challenge Runway” into one of many first and greatest cable reality-TV hits of the earlier decade, are saying goodbye to that venerable series and making the leap to streaming. The duo has signed a deal to develop a new fashion-oriented actuality present for Amazon Studios.
Particulars of the new program will not be but identified, and no producers are but hooked up. Sources inform Selection that Amazon will open a aggressive course of for manufacturing corporations to vie to supervise the new present.
Klum and Gunn’s Amazon deal throws into query the way forward for “Challenge Runway,” whose Season 16 finale aired final 12 months on cable channel Lifetime. Bravo, the present’s unique community dwelling, made a shock announcement in Might that the series would return to the NBCUniversal-owned channel for its subsequent season with longtime manufacturing firm Magical Elves once more on board.
“After 16 unbelievable seasons, I’m saying ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to ‘Challenge Runway,’ a present that I used to be honored to host and assist create,” stated Klum. “I’m extremely pleased with the present, and it’ll at all times have a particular place in my coronary heart. I’m so appreciative of the devoted followers, and most of all, I’m grateful that we might shine a light-weight on creativity and assist launch so many proficient designers’ careers. I’m most excited that my journey with my expensive pal and colleague, Tim Gunn, is much from over. We will likely be partnering with Amazon for a new present, and we’re excited for everybody to see what we’re designing subsequent!”
Gunn added: “I’m grateful to ‘Challenge Runway’ for placing me on a path I by no means, in my wildest goals, thought my profession would take me! I’m so proud to have been part of the groundbreaking course of that showcased proficient younger designers as by no means earlier than. Most significantly, I’m indebted to our unbelievable followers, they’re the center and soul of what we do, and proceed to encourage us to lift the bar on this enviornment. I’m excited for them to see what’s subsequent, as I associate with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our subsequent nice ‘trend’ journey.”
The take care of Klum and Gunn is the latest with high-profile expertise for Amazon below Jenifer Salke, the previous NBC exec who turned head of the tech big’s leisure division earlier this 12 months. Amazon has in latest months set offers with Nicole Kidman, Jordan Peele, and Barry Jenkins.
“Heidi Klum fully modified the tv panorama by creating a aggressive actuality trend series that was unproven and completely different from what was fashionable on-air,” Salke stated. “The present turned wildly profitable, and in flip Klum and Tim Gunn have grow to be an iconic popular culture duo. Their drive to ship fashionably entertaining, participating and trendsetting content material speaks for itself, and we consider their subsequent iteration on this area will discover an excellent bigger viewers on our world Prime Video runway.”