'DALE' to Make Its Television Debut on CMT in an Exclusive Limited Run
ONLY AUTHORIZED FILM ON RACING LEGEND DALE EARNHARDT TO PREMIERE ON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AT 8 PM ON CMT
LOS ANGELES, July 13 -- He was the one they called the
"Intimidator." His fans knew him by his famous No. 3 black Chevrolet and
fellow racers knew him as the man to beat. Dale Earnhardt is known as one
of the most legendary drivers in the history of NASCAR, and his life both
on and off the track is featured in the new two-hour CMT feature, DALE,
premiering Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.
DALE will encore at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept.
6, with those being the only additional scheduled airings of DALE on CMT
prior to the film's release on DVD next year.
Produced by NASCAR Images and CMT Films, DALE is the only authorized
film on Dale Earnhardt. Narrated by Paul Newman, this portrait of Dale
Earnhardt includes archival race footage, rare outtakes, never-before-seen
family home videos and interviews with his closest friends and family,
toughest competitors and most avid fans, illustrating the depth of
Earnhardt's influence in the racing world and beyond. DALE was produced
with the support and endorsement of Richard Childress Racing, plus the
Earnhardt family, corporation, and team.
"Dale's legendary persona inspired people who had never even met him,"
says wife Teresa Earnhardt, "and this film will keep inspiring those who
see it and help to carry on his legacy."
"Dale Earnhardt will always be one of the most dominant figures in the
history of NASCAR," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard
Childress Racing, Earnhardt's team owner and best friend. "He meant so much
to the millions of his fans throughout the world and I think DALE will give
everyone a unique perspective on him both as a racer and as a human being."
Prior to airing on CMT, DALE was launched theatrically in February 2007
and premiered in select cities on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series(TM) circuit.
DALE will be available on DVD first quarter 2008.
Dale Earnhardt is widely regarded as one of the greatest NASCAR drivers
of all time. In his 22 seasons on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit, he
racked up an amazing 76 wins and seven championships, with career winnings
totaling more than $41 million. A perpetual fan favorite, Earnhardt was
nicknamed "The Intimidator" for his competitive instincts and highly
aggressive driving style. Although his death in 2001 on the last lap of the
Daytona 500 cut short his legendary career, he will always be remembered
for his skill, determination and passion for the sport.
NASCAR Images, the exclusive rights holder of NASCAR event footage, is
a marketing and entertainment company in business to leverage The Sight,
Sound and Emotion of NASCAR(R) through TV and Film production, home video,
licensed consumer products and premiums for the sports' sponsors, tracks,
teams and fans. http://www.nascarimages.com.
DALE is executive produced by NASCAR Images' Jay Abraham and Jim
Jorden, with Ryan McGee serving as editor-in-chief; Rory Karpf and Mike
Viney, producers; and Al Francesco, director of photography. For CMT Films,
Jeff Yapp, Paul Villadolid and Lewis Bogach serve as executive producers.
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innovative distribution methods including theatrical and television network
premieres to distribute its films before premiering them on CMT and
releasing for DVD sales. The first CMT Film, Toby Keith's Broken Bridges,
debuted in National CineMedia theaters in September 2006, on CMT in
December 2006 and on DVD January 9, 2007. More information is available at
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