After 16 seasons as the faces of “Project Runway,” Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are ready for a change. The pair have jumped to Amazon for “Making the Cut,” a new competitive reality series.
“One of the reasons Heidi and I wanted to fly and saw the opportunity of Amazon as a brand new threshold is because we were in lockstep with [‘Project Runway,’]” Gunn told Variety. “We were stuck with the same vocabulary. We were stuck with the same sequence of events within the show. And also, full transparency about ‘Making the Cut’ and where we are today, it wouldn’t have happened without ‘Project Runway.’ So for Heidi and me, there’s a lot of love and respect we’ll always have.”
Though Gunn and Klum will continue to pit designers against each other on “Making the Cut,” the show follows a format tailor-made to Amazon’s streaming platform. Competitors can’t only get by on imagination or craft; they must also have the acumen of a businessperson forming a brand. Winning designs will become available to purchase on Amazon immediately after episodes premiere.
“We wanted to do a show that’s not just for the audience to see, but also to shop and to have and to go into the real world,” Klum said. “That is something that we were never able to do and it’s one of the most important components… This is no longer a sewing competition. We’re looking for a great brand, so they have to have a business mindset along with their creativity.”