Two more designers sue claiming Project Runway was their idea

Last month, a man sued the producers of Project Runway, claiming the idea for the show was his. Now, two more designers are doing the same thing. (How long before all three sue each other?)

Yesterday, a judge “denied an application for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the show from airing,” citing the ads Bravo had sold for the show. But lawyers for Cynthia Rodriguez and Elizabeth Marie Anne Zwiebach will meet today to discuss their “claim [that] they hatched the idea in February 2003 and pitched it to agents representing Heidi Klum in July of that year,” according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Their show was called American Runway, and they say “they copyrighted their 40-page treatment for the show and registered it with the Writers Guild of America in March 2003,” WWD reports. Rodriguez told the site, “What we’re hoping to get out of this is the recognition that this is our copyrighted property, and also some kind of monetary compensation.”

Memo Pad: Project Runway … Ex Officio [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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