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A & E Network Debuts “Driving Force” TV Show to the Television Critics Association – Jan. 12, 2006 – Press Conference.







PASADENA , CA , JANUARY 12, 2006 – A&E Network has begun production on DRIVING FORCE, a new, fast-paced real-life series starring racing legend John Force and his three drag-racing daughters. DRIVING FORCE is scheduled to premiere on A&E this summer.

Like golf’s Tiger Woods and basketball’s Michael Jordan, John Force is by far the most accomplished and dominant figure in his sport – Drag Racing. With 119 career victories, an unprecedented 14 team championships in 15 years, membership on ten straight Auto Racing All-American teams, and the World Record for consecutive Funny Car championships, Force has shattered every major record on the drag strip and then some. In addition to his legendary racing feats, Force has exhibited extraordinary skill as a team owner and businessman, raising himself up from poverty to become the head of his own multi-million dollar company that currently employs over 60 race team members and office staff. John Force is also one of the most outrageous personalities in the history of American sports, combining the dangerous charisma and charm of Gary Busey and Elvis with the down home likeability of Andy Griffith.

But here’s the real hook of the show: John is also the father of four beautiful daughters: 36-year old Adria (from a previous marriage) , 23-year old Ashley; 19-year old Brittany; and 17-year old Courtney. While Adria (Force) Hight has managed the finances for John Force Racing corporate headquarters since she was 20 years old, the other three Force girls are now following in their father's tracks, competing in the male-dominated field of high-speed drag racing. Ashley has already proven herself to be an accomplished driver, having been named Rookie of the Year in her car class. She’s also one of the only professional athletes to have her own Barbie Doll and Hot Wheels die cast car.

Despite being a championship drag racing team on the track, the Forces have plenty of issues on the home front. John's career kept him on the road for most of the girls' childhoods, leaving parental responsibilities mainly in the hands of his wife Laurie. Although at the outset she was directly involved in her husband’s career, writing contracts, mixing fuel and even packing the parachutes that slowed the car from its breakneck speeds, Laurie believed it was important to provide the couple’s children with a more traditional upbringing.  So, once they started a family, she and the girls stayed home, went to cheerleading tryouts, took dancing lessons, interacted with pet dogs and cats, went to the gym and shopped.  When John did come home, it often was difficult for him to make the transition to doing the usual things that families do.  When he finally looked up, the kids were almost grown.  He had missed all the recitals, the picnics, the tryouts, the ball games and the proms.  But now, John hopes that by bringing the girls into his profession, he can bring the family closer together and become the kind of father that he always wanted to be. Racing is the backdrop for this true-life comedy as each half hour episode takes a look at dad trying to bring the family together, while also preparing for the next championship run. Its 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter meets the bone-rattling thrills of the drag strip. Gentleman and ladies ... start your engines.

Nancy Dubuc, Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant serve as executive producers for A&E Network. DRIVING FORCE will be produced for A&E by Schmaguuli, LLC. Stephen Hopkins, David Schermerhorn and Brent Travers serve as executive producers, Jennifer Anderson is co-executive producer and Kate Garwood is co-producer for Schmaguuli.

Now reaching more than 88 million homes, A&E Network brings viewers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from critically acclaimed original movies to the very best dramatic series, the most successful justice shows on cable to the Emmy Award-winning Biography ® series. Not to mention, the A&E Network’s powerhouse Real-Life Series franchise. In 2005, A&E Network holds the distinct record for the most Primetime Emmy nominations (10) for a basic cable network

New original series set to premiere in 2006 include: Rollergirls, a richly captured non-scripted drama from the makers of “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” that follows the antics and over-the-top athletic competitions of women from the TXRD Lonestar Roller Derby whom are united by the wildest and most American of sports, roller derby ; and Dallas Swat , an action-packed new real-life series that explores the professional and personal lives of the Dallas Police Department's Tactical Unit. Other series slated for 2006 include: King of Cars which reveals the secret life of one of America’s most successful used car dealerships; Working Title: Polar Posse follows the escapades of a daring teenage arctic rescue squad; and Driving Force follows champion drag racer John Force and his three drag-racing daughters as they compete not only in the high-speed field of drag racing but also face the day-to-day challenges of family life. Returning real-life series include Dog the Bounty Hunter, Intervention, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Inked, Flip This House andThe First 48.

In addition to some of the best drama series on television including; The Sopranos, CSI Miami, MI-5 and 24, award winning original movies remain the heart and sole of the A&E Network brand. Upcoming movies include Flight 93 and Touch the Top of the World. Also set to debut in 2006 are topical and timely documentary specials under the A&E IndieFilm ® banner including multi-award winning Murderball and Rock School.