GSN Begins Production on 'American Dream Derby' the First Reality Series Based on Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Horse Press Release
CENTURY CITY, California -- July 23 -- Stone Stanley Entertainment, the production company behind "The Mole," "The Joe Schmo Show" and "The Man Show," is taking over the reins as the executive producer of GSN's multi- episode unscripted series AMERICAN DREAM DERBY, the first reality show set in the world of thoroughbred horse racing. The series, premiering in early January 2005, will be filmed at one of the most beautiful and historic race tracks in the world today, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, which will also serve as the host track for the first-ever live AMERICAN DREAM DERBY horse racing event on Feb. 21, 2005. AMERICAN DREAM DERBY will be executive produced by Scott A. Stone and Sharon Levy for Stone Stanley Entertainment. The announcements were made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President of Programming for GSN, the network for games, at the company's summer Television Critics Association presentation in Century City.
"We couldn't be more thrilled than to have Stone Stanley Entertainment on board as our production company and Santa Anita Park as our partner as the host track," said Valentine. "This is a very complicated series and we needed the best in the business to handle the complexities of marrying a reality show with the classic sport of thoroughbred horse racing. This has not been done before and with Scott Stone and Chris McCarron associated with this endeavor I'm confident that we will generate a fresh and compelling series that our viewers will embrace."
Scott A. Stone, Executive Producer of AMERICAN DREAM DERBY said, "We have received thousands of reality pitches and this is the first time horse racing has come in our doors. The uniqueness caught our attention and is one of the reasons we decided to take on this project."
Sharon Levy, Executive Producer of AMERICAN DREAM DERBY added, "The live culmination of this series will be event television that viewers will not want to miss."
Chris McCarron, Vice President and General Manager, Santa Anita Park commented on the announcement, "We couldn't be more pleased that Santa Anita Park will serve as the backdrop to this exciting series on GSN. We are very proud of our grounds, operations and history and are thrilled that our Park and the sport of thoroughbred horse racing will be seen by a new audience of viewers on a weekly basis. The exposure the show will create for us is an added bonus as we enter our 68th year of horse racing."
AMERICAN DREAM DERBY will cast a dozen contestants and purchase at least that many thoroughbred horses in this unprecedented series that will encompass the twists and turns of a reality show along with real-life occurrences surrounding race horse training and the relationship between owners, jockeys and trainers.
Stone Stanley will begin the contestant audition process in early September by crisscrossing the country in search of people who love horses and horse racing. The producers will cast a diverse group of contestants from varying ages and experience levels. The auditions will occur at several locations which will be named later next month. In addition, the network did begin the auditioning process earlier last May with a written application posted on its website, www.gsn.com, and have received over 500 interested participants to date.
As the leader in interactive television, GSN will provide its users with entertaining applications to play along and learn about the series on its website. Further information will be announced closer to airdate regarding GSN's interactive offerings.
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, video game programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features 84 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Reaching 55 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
About Stone Stanley Entertainment
Stone Stanley Entertainment is a broad-based television, motion picture and home video production company. The company is home to such series as "The Man Show" for Comedy Central; ABC's "Celebrity Mole: Yucatan" "Joe Schmo 2" and "Oblivious" for Spike TV; "Shop 'til You Drop" for PAX; "Legends of the Hidden Temple" which airs on Nickelodeon's Games and Sports; as well as the new series of specials for TLC entitled "America's Ugliest."
About Santa Anita Park
The home of legendary Seabiscuit, historic Santa Anita Park is located in a spectacular natural setting 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. As one of America's most celebrated sporting landmarks since it first opened on Christmas Day in 1934, the track has hosted some of Thoroughbred racing's greatest moments, including Seabiscuit's thrilling 1940 Santa Anita Handicap victory. Santa Anita offers visitors lush landscaping, soaring Art Deco architecture, treasures of painting and sculpture, live entertainment, and fine dining combined with the pulse-pounding thrills of Thoroughbred racing.