Project Runway will spin-off Masters and Accessories competitions

If Project Runway‘s desperation to be more like its younger sibling isn’t already evident, the series’ producer is spinning off two competitions: Project Runway: Masters and Project Runway: Accessories. Apparently, someone has seen Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts.

Ironically, the Weinstein Company reportedly took Project Runway from Bravo to Lifetime after being irritated over Bravo’s copying of their format. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Weinsteins “plan to launch two spinoffs of ‘Runway’ this year: one called ‘Project Runway: Masters,’ in which professional designers compete in fashion challenges to earn money for their favorite charities. Another is titled ‘Project Runway: Accessories,’ where designers create new clothing accessories each week.”

The paper doesn’t say when exactly these will launch, or if they’ll be on Lifetime, but presumably they will be on that network. But it does say that the show “is estimated to generate $10 million to $15 million in profits per year for Weinstein Co,” and of course it makes more on advertising and such for Lifetime.

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