AURORA, Ill.(April 30, 2004) – Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division and Tag Entertainment started principle filming for ¿Supercross the Movie,¿ which will be a wide Summer release in June 2005 from 20th Century Fox, from Las Vegas¿ Sam Boyd Stadium during the THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series finals.
¿Supercross the movie,¿ starring Daryl Hannah, Sophia Bush, Steve Howey, Mike Vogel and Cameron Richardson, used supercross racers David Pingree, Tyler Evans, Rich Taylor and Dave Castillo as stunt doubles during the afternoon practice session for the THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series finals.
When producer Steve Austin and director Steve Boyum began working on this project two years ago, they agreed to focus heavily on the authenticity of the `real¿ world of supercross racing. To date, this is the closest affinity that the sport of supercross has had to Hollywood.
¿From the moment we started working on this movie, we have been in constant touch with the motocross industry,¿ said Austin. ¿Our goal in making this movie is to bring the world of supercross racing to a vast audience with a major concentration on appeasing the hard-core fans. If we don¿t impress the motocross enthusiasts with the movie, we have failed.¿
The dynamic storyline that unites a variety of emotions – relationships, joy and tragedy – to the world of professional supercross racing.
¿We feel that we will be able to jointly satisfy the fans of supercross through our close association to the motocross industry and the general viewer,¿ said Boyum.
In conjunction with the weekend¿s race, ¿Supercross the Movie¿ has 140 crewmembers, nine cameras, 15 actors and 200 extras. One of the most unique features of the film will come from the cable cameras that tethers between each end of the stadium. This will provide viewers a look at supercross that they have never seen before. Hovering some 100¿ above the track, this $100,000-a-day camera captures racing from high above.
Boyum, who raced professional motocross in the `70s, worked on the Disney classic ¿Motocrossed¿ with Austin.
About THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series
THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2003-2004, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Seville, Spain and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the THQ AMA Supercross Series. The other THQ AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. A THQ AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sporrt of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the THQ AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercross.cc.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, the world¿s largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe. Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows.
In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and broadcasters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and football businesses. Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New York City.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.