(June 11, 2001 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today an alliance with SFX Entertainment, Inc. to deliver the first-ever Scooby-Doo live stage show. Created, produced and promoted by SFX, the Scooby-Doo Live 2001-2002 U.S. tour is slated to kick off in Louisville, KY in October and promises hilarious comedy and magical special effects. Sure to be a hit with audiences, the live stage show will tour in advance of Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming live-action feature film, “Scooby-Doo,” coming to theaters in Summer 2002. “This is the first time the Scooby-Doo characters will be featured in a live stage show and it is a thrilling opportunity for audiences to see these classic characters come to life,” said Dan Romanelli, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products. "Scooby-Doo has a tremendous audience appeal and its timeless and ageless qualities make it perfect for the stage." Based on the classic Hanna-Barbara characters, Scooby-Doo and his gang – Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Freddy – will take to the stage to solve the freaky goings-on at the old Clawhammer Studios where Daphne's uncle is shooting his latest horror flick. On its initial run, the show is slated to appear in approximately 26 cities around the country including dates at New York City’s world-famous Radio City Music Hall. "We couldn't have chosen a more diversified and experienced partner than SFX to promote and produce a live stage show adaptation of the classic animated series ‘Scooby-Doo,’" said Karine Joret, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Relations and Live Events, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "SFX Family Entertainment has been bringing quality entertainment to families around the world for over three decades and is certain to exceed expectations with Scooby-Doo." "SFX prides itself on the ability to work with creative partners such as Warner Bros. and we are delighted to bring Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving friends to the stage," said Jonathan Hochwald, President, SFX Family Entertainment Group. "Parents who grew up with the show, and their children who are just now discovering it, will be thrilled to see these beloved characters live on stage." The production will be written and directed by Jim Millan, founder of Toronto's Crow's Theatre. Millan has produced and directed over 35 new works and numerous tours in Canada, the United States and abroad, including the recent “Kids in the Hall Tour 2000”. Kids in the Hall member Mark McKinney will act as script consultant. Robert Bissinger, who has worked on prior SFX Family Entertainment events (“Blue's Clues Live!”) will design the sets. The production's creative team also includes costume designer Gregg Barnes (“Rugrats: A Live Adventure,” “The Wizard of Oz”), sound designer Peter Hylenski (“Blue's Clues Live,” “Ragtime”) and lighting designer Paul D. Miller (“Sound of Music,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream”). About SFX SFX, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), is the world's largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events. SFX currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by SFX, including: Live music events; Broadway and touring Broadway shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows. SFX also provides strategic sports marketing sales and consulting services to professional and college teams, leagues, venues and properties. In addition, SFX owns a leading full-service talent management company, specializing in the representation of athletes and broadcasters. SFX is headquartered in New York City. More information is available at www.sfx.com. Clear Channel Communications, Inc., headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a global leader in the out-of home advertising industry with radio and television stations, outdoor displays and entertainment venues in 45 countries around the world. Including announced transactions, Clear Channel operates over 1,170 radio and 17 television stations in the United States and has equity interests in approximately 240 radio stations internationally. Clear Channel also operates approximately 700,000 outdoor advertising displays, including billboards, street furniture and transit panels across the world. Warner Bros. Consumer Products is a division of Warner Bros., an AOL Time Warner Company, and is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
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