Press Release


Thursday, June 19, 2003

Twelve Additional Airings Scheduled on ESPN Classic

"Seabiscuit-The Making of the Movie, Presented by Equibase", a special, behind-the-scenes look at the production of the upcoming major motion picture "Seabiscuit," will debut on Wednesday, July 2 at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 with 12 subsequent airings scheduled between July 6 and August 29 on ESPN Classic. (See complete schedule below.)

The hour-long program, produced by NTRA Productions, features interviews with the movie's director and screenwriter Gary Ross and its stars Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks and Gary Stevens. The show's seven segments will focus on a variety of topics including the horses that portrayed Seabiscuit in the film; Gary Stevens' transition to acting; Tobey Maguire's effort to become a convincing jockey; and the painstaking detail with which the movie's racing scenes were filmed and its actors-including some 4,000 extras-were costumed.

"We were given unprecedented access to the filming of 'Seabiscuit,'" said Joan Ciampi, who produced the program for NTRA Productions. "The show is done in a first-person format with the cast and crew talking not just about the making of the movie, but their genuine love of the entire project." Ciampi worked closely with Josh Hinkle, who is the program's editor.

"We believe that 'Seabiscuit-The Making of the Movie, Presented by Equibase' will drive moviegoers to their local theatres once 'Seabiscuit' is released on July 25," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of marketing and industry relations for the NTRA. "A great deal of thanks is due Equibase for its generous support as presenting sponsor of the show."

The complete schedule for "Seabiscuit-The Making of the Movie, Presented by Equibase" is as follows:

Date Network Airtime (ET)
July 2 ESPN2 4:00-5:00 p.m.
July 6 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.
July 13 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.
July 20 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.
July 21 ESPN Classic 2:00-3:00 a.m.
July 25 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.
July 26 ESPN Classic 2:00-3:00 a.m.
July 26 ESPN Classic 5:00-6:00 a.m.
July 26 ESPN Classic 9:00-10:00 a.m.
August 10 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 11 ESPN Classic 12:00-1:00 a.m.
August 24 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 29 ESPN Classic 7:00-8:00 p.m.

(Schedule is subject to change.)

From Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, "Seabiscuit," an American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression, is based on the bestselling book that was one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years. It is the story of three men - a jockey (Tobey Maguire), a trainer (Chris Cooper) and a businessman (Jeff Bridges) - and the down-and-out racehorse that took them and the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime.

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