From New York To California, USA Network Takes Viewers on The Wildest Ride of The Summer With 'USA's the Real Cannonball Run 2001' (Working Title)

Slated For August Premiere on USA Network, Six Mismatched Teams Traverse the

Country Vying for a $100,000 Cash Prize



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from USA Networks, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1971, 23 lunatics and eight vehicles
 drove America wild and created a legend.  In 2001 18 lunatics, six vehicles
 and one network plan to do it again!  This August, in celebration of the
 original event -- the 1971 Cannonball Run Memorial Dash -- six mismatched
 teams will travel the back roads of America from New York to California in
 tricked-out vehicles using any means available to them to sabotage their
 rivals and get to the finish with the quickest time in a coast-to-coast dash
 for cash.
     Chris Sloan, USA's Senior Vice President, Reality Programming and
 Specials, states, "'USA's The Real Cannonball Run 2001' is an in your face
 race where the only way to win the cash is to watch your back. With the
 combined forces of GRB and producing partners Beau Flynn and Dawn Parouse
 behind it, 'Cannonball' will not be your father's race."
     USA Network will air the five-part event in one-hour back-to-back segments
 this August. Each episode will track the teams -- which run the gamut from two
 pin-up models and a seminary student, to a loving couple paired with the
 groom's ex -- between two major checkpoints on their route.  Armed with a
 minimal allowance to cover daily expenses, the teams will face cash bonus
 temptations that can cost them time and the race. Cannonball will throw
 wrenches into the works such as lost keys, siphoned gas, and detours into less
 than paved roads.  The biggest challenge, however, will be each other.
 Sabotage and smarts are the name of the game in this battle of wills on
 wheels. Gary R. Benz, GRB Entertainment's President and CEO states, "This
 freewheeling franchise is an outrageous event celebrating America's
 competitive spirit in a 3800 mile road trip."
     "We are thrilled to be creating such an ambitious and unique program for
 USA," stated executive producers Dawn Parouse and Beau Flynn. "The show
 promises to be the ultimate road trip with a huge cash reward at the finish.
 America, start your engines!" "USA's The Real Cannonball Run 2001" is produced
 by GRB Entertainment and producing partners Beau Flynn and Dawn Parouse
 (Fear).
 
     USA Network, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks,
 Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is cable television's leading
 provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net
 television shows and blockbuster theatrical films.  USA Network is available
 in 80% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in more than 81 million U.S. homes.  The
 USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.
 
 

SOURCE USA Networks, Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1971, 23 lunatics and eight vehicles
 drove America wild and created a legend.  In 2001 18 lunatics, six vehicles
 and one network plan to do it again!  This August, in celebration of the
 original event -- the 1971 Cannonball Run Memorial Dash -- six mismatched
 teams will travel the back roads of America from New York to California in
 tricked-out vehicles using any means available to them to sabotage their
 rivals and get to the finish with the quickest time in a coast-to-coast dash
 for cash.
     Chris Sloan, USA's Senior Vice President, Reality Programming and
 Specials, states, "'USA's The Real Cannonball Run 2001' is an in your face
 race where the only way to win the cash is to watch your back. With the
 combined forces of GRB and producing partners Beau Flynn and Dawn Parouse
 behind it, 'Cannonball' will not be your father's race."
     USA Network will air the five-part event in one-hour back-to-back segments
 this August. Each episode will track the teams -- which run the gamut from two
 pin-up models and a seminary student, to a loving couple paired with the
 groom's ex -- between two major checkpoints on their route.  Armed with a
 minimal allowance to cover daily expenses, the teams will face cash bonus
 temptations that can cost them time and the race. Cannonball will throw
 wrenches into the works such as lost keys, siphoned gas, and detours into less
 than paved roads.  The biggest challenge, however, will be each other.
 Sabotage and smarts are the name of the game in this battle of wills on
 wheels. Gary R. Benz, GRB Entertainment's President and CEO states, "This
 freewheeling franchise is an outrageous event celebrating America's
 competitive spirit in a 3800 mile road trip."
     "We are thrilled to be creating such an ambitious and unique program for
 USA," stated executive producers Dawn Parouse and Beau Flynn. "The show
 promises to be the ultimate road trip with a huge cash reward at the finish.
 America, start your engines!" "USA's The Real Cannonball Run 2001" is produced
 by GRB Entertainment and producing partners Beau Flynn and Dawn Parouse
 (Fear).
 
     USA Network, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks,
 Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is cable television's leading
 provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net
 television shows and blockbuster theatrical films.  USA Network is available
 in 80% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in more than 81 million U.S. homes.  The
 USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.
 
 SOURCE  USA Networks, Inc.