Open casting calls dropped for Project Runway 6, which extended its deadline for non-New Yorkers

For Project Runway 6, Lifetime and the Weinstein Company are abandoning open casting calls, which the show used its first five seasons, and instead inviting only semi-finalists to travel at their own expense to major U.S. cities for interviews. In addition, the show is extending the deadline from today to next Wednesday, July 16.

The show’s casting page says, “If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to travel at your own expense to one of our six semi-final locations, where your design work will be assessed by Tim Gunn and/ or our panel of fashion industry experts.” And even that’s not a sure thing, as the casting information hedges, saying, “Cities in which we may conduct semi-final interviews include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, and San Francisco.”

Those are scheduled to occur between July 21 and August 21. Applications were due today, July 9, as the site still says, but a “casting associate” for the Weinstein Company e.mailed me yesterday to say that they “just extended the deadline to July 16 for those outside of NYC.” Those who live in New York are apparently screwed unless they apply by today, and since applications have to be sent to L.A., where season six will be filmed, that’s probably unlikely.

I wanted to know why they were extending the deadline, and why they were dispensing with open casting calls, and if the two were at all related, but the associate wrote to me from a non-existent weinstein.com e.mail address.

The show already posted casting ads on Cragislist, but is now looking for contestants in a slightly more formal way, requesting a video of the designer and photographs of clothes they’ve designed as part of the application. Anyone who’s 21 by Sept. 15 and has not “had gross sales of more than $100,000 per year as a fashion designer” can apply.

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