'Fashion Show' conducting casting calls
While the ultimate fate of its hit “Project Runway” franchise has yet to be determined by a Manhattan court, Bravo is moving on by greenlighting another fashion-themed reality-competition skein and announcing a development slate of five fashion- and lifestyle-themed reality projects.Produced by 3 Ball Prods. (“The Biggest Loser,” “Beauty and the Geek”), “The Fashion Show” (working title) is conducting November casting calls for contestants in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York. Hosts, production staff and a production start date for the series have yet to be announced. Bravo exec VP and general manager Frances Berwick calls the skein a “complement to our successful fashion series ‘Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style’ and ‘The Rachel Zoe Project.’” Meanwhile, the cabler has added five projects to its development slate, all under working-title status. Hourlong weekly “Fashionality” will feature New York tastemakers conducting roundtable discussions and interviews on topics centering around pop culture and fashion. Project is produced by Embassy Row and Superb Entertainment, with Michael Davies, Meryl Poster and Michael Rourke as executive producers. “Celebrity Sew-Off,” which features well-knowns cutting and hemming their own clothes in a design competition, is produced by Lake Paradise Entertainment; Holly Wofford (“Shear Genius,” “Supernanny”) and Viki Cacciatore (“Survivor”) exec produce. Produced by Juma Entertainment, and exec produced by Bob Horowitz and Lewis Fenton, “Double Exposure” is a docu-style series that follows art and fashion photog Markus Klinko as he shoots his famous subjects. Meanwhile, docu series “Polo” will profile the lives of top polo players. It’s produced by Granada America. And finally, “The Dubai Projects” showcases the lavish lifestyles found in one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. World of Wonder has the production credit, with Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey serving as exec producers. Development of the fashion-themed shows comes as Bravo parent NBC Universal continues to battle the Weinstein Co. over “Project Runway.” Last month, a New York court granted an injunction against TWC, preventing the “Runway” producer from moving its series to Lifetime. Production of season six of “Runway” continues under Lifetime’s guidance as the case moves on. Bravo is no longer involved in the production of the series. While making a flurry of series moves, Bravo also announced a key sponsorship pact for its long-running “Inside the Actors Studio,” with Infiniti serving as the exclusive sponsor of the James Lipton-hosted skein, in its 14th season.