Tim Gunn officially signed for Project Runway 4

Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn will officially return for the fourth season, The Weinstein Company, which produces the series, announced today. In February, he said he was still negotiating, although he said he’d definitely return.

Tim “Gunn will re-join the show as a mentor along with the panel of judges including designer Michael Kors, ELLE Magazine fashion director Nina Garcia and supermodel Heidi Klum,” a press release said, meaning the original cast is, unsurprisingly, intact. The release mentions those who negotiated the contract, saying that Tim Gunn was represented by “Eric Weissler of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris.”

Harvey Weinstein acknowledged Tim Gunn’s contribution to the show’s success, saying, “His passion, creativity and dedication to the contestants and the world of fashion have helped make the show such a commercial and critical success.”

Casting for the fourth season has already begun, continuing tomorrow in Miami, and in his press release quote, Tim said, “I am thrilled to make it official that I will be back in the workroom for season four of ‘Project Runway’. We’re in the midst of casting the designers now and I can already see that it will be another amazing season.”

A TMZ report, however, suggested that casting in Los Angeles “was a fashion disaster” because there was “record low turnout.” But despite the sensationalism, that’s not really surprising at all.

When I attended the second-season auditions in Miami two years ago, there was a lot of down time the second day because there was no one left to audition. Unlike other reality series, Project Runway actually requires talent, and it seems people are smart enough to not apply if they don’t have what it takes. If only that were true for American Idol.

Tim Gunn Will Make it Work on the Fourth Season… [Weinstein Company press release]
“Project Runway” Hits Turbulence [TMZ]