Weinstein Wanted to Force NBC to Wear a Putrid Shade of Charmeuse and Carry Some Ugly Handbag
The reason Bravo lost Project Runway to Lifetime is because the show's producers, The Weinstein Company, wanted to force NBC Universal to buy up some of its "second-tier" film projects as part of a contract renewal. NBC balked, but Lifetime was up for the offer, so they took the bait, agreeing to buy "stolen goods." Or at least that's the series of events according to NBC and the lawsuit they filed yesterday against Weinstein. And they're also claiming any cash a court ruling might send its way as punishment to Weinstein for breaking their contract – which promised NBC right of first refusal – wouldn't be good enough. They want to be back in negotiations.
Says their lawsuit: "Money damages would be inadequate to protect the expectation interest of [NBC Universal] because such damages could not compensate for [NBC Universal's] inability to exhibit future cycles of ['Project Runway'] and any spin-off — both unique properties — on its network or channels. [NBC Universal] would lose immeasurable and valuable goodwill associated with exhibiting such a highly successful program and potentially successful spin-off on their networks or channels."
But at a meeting in January, an agreement was reached between NBC's Jeff Zucker and Marc Graboff, and Harvey Weinstein, which granted NBC the right to air seasons of the show, beyond the agreed upon fifth season, on non-Bravo channels; they could air it on Bravo only if NBC agreed to pick up other Weinstein projects.
The parties left the meeting with Harvey giving Zucker his "word" that Weinstein Co. would honor the agreement, saying, "You can only have in your life five true friends, and I consider you one of my five friends. And I'm telling you, I will not embarrass you."
Depending on who you ask, yesterday Harvey fell back on his word.
charmeuse is a fabric; chartreuse is a color.