Music Sensations Ludacris and Tommy Lee Battle it Out on Planet Green's Hottest New Show 'BATTLEGROUND EARTH,' Where They'll Need to 'Go Green' or Go Home!
LOS ANGELES, July 10 -- The hard-charging, hard-partying,
carbon-laden world of tour bus-living musicians doesn't exactly scream
green! Now, Planet Green challenges two icons to join the newest trend in
music; 'going green.' BATTLEGROUND EARTH: LUDACRIS vs. TOMMY LEE challenges
hip hop superstar Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and rock god Tommy Lee to battle
against the toxic forces destroying Mother Earth as they travel across the
country on a 10-episode tour. The series premiere is August 3, 2008 at 10
Viewers witness the two stars pushed to the limit as they attempt to
keep their high-wattage acts on an eco-friendly course. Enlisting the help
of their posses, aka "ecorages," Ludacris taps Willie Box, Sesean Bridges,
and Tony "4 Ize" Hayes III while Tommy Lee relies on Diggity Dave, Johnny
Colt, and Nina Bergman to help him get to the finish line. In case the
ecorages don't add enough to the competition, Ludacris and Tommy have
plenty of celebrity guests to turn to including Jane Fonda, Sean Combs,
Pamela Anderson, Gene Simmons, and anyone else willing to lend a hand.
Ludacris and Tommy Lee dive right into the BATTLEGROUND EARTH competition
with unexpected and sometimes hilarious results.
In the "Fast Fuel" episode Ludacris and Tommy Lee's bio-diesel tour
buses are running on empty in the middle of the Texas Panhandle. They must
roll into a fast food restaurant and look for fast food grease to turn into
eco-friendly fuel. In another episode the duo shows up in Las Vegas to set
the Guinness World Record for taking the "Largest Shower."
Throughout the tour they battle to get the word out about the state of
the environment. This Rap n' Roll battle culminates in a green carpet
benefit concert at LA's legendary Greek Theater. The concert featuring
Luda, Tommy Lee and many of their famous musician friends raised more than
$33,000, including a donation from Treeland, benefiting the renewal of
Griffith Park, which was devastated by recent wildfires.
BATTLEGROUND EARTH is not about winning the race but ultimately raising
awareness about the environment. Spots called "Pass it On" featuring an
eclectic group of celebrities including Magic Johnson, Wayne Brady, Travis
Tritt, and Criss Angel, among others, offer eco tips to viewers and are
featured throughout the 10-episodes.
The talent featured in BATTLEGROUND EARTH have made plenty of headlines
for their antics on and off the stage. Christopher Brian Bridges, also
known by his rap alias Ludacris, is the CEO of Disturbing tha Peace, an
imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. His breakout roles in Hustle and
Flow and the Academy Award winning film Crash have led to starring roles in
the upcoming ROCKNROLLA and Max Payne. He has sold over 15 million records
in the U.S. alone and is tied for the title of hip hop artist with the
second most Billboard Hot 100 number one hits. His eagerly awaited upcoming
album, Theatre of the Mind, drops this winter and his newest restaurant,
Straits Atlanta, opened this spring.
Tommy Lee is best known as the drummer for the wildly popular heavy
metal band Motley Crue. Motley Crue has sold 45 million albums (25 million
in the US alone) over their 25-year career. After leaving Motley Crue, Lee
founded Methods of Mayhem and embarked on solo work including guest
appearances on other artists' albums such as Nine Inch Nails and Rob
Lee also launched a clothing line with People's Liberation that was
inspired by his tattoos. Currently, Tommy is touring with partner DJ Aero
as part of one of the world's premier DJ teams.
BATTLEGROUND EARTH is a primetime series produced for Planet Green by
the Greif Company. Leslie Greif and Adam Reed are the executive producers
for Greif, Steve Jones is co-executive producer and Jonathan McHugh is
supervising producer. Howard Lee is vice president of production and
executive producer for Planet Green and Lisa Caruso is executive producer.
The Greif Company was nominated for an Emmy(R) Award this year for
TCM's acclaimed documentary, BRANDO. Today, the company produces numerous
shows including the fourth season of A&E's most popular series GENE SIMMONS
The Greif Company was incorporated under writer/director/producer
Leslie Greif, who made a name for himself creating numerous TV movies,
series, mini-series and specials for all major networks including HBO, ABC,
CBS, Fox, A&E, TNT and USA. The Company has also produced several features
including FUNNY MONEY starring Chevy Chase, and KEYS TO TULSA starring
Cameron Diaz, Eric Stoltz and James Spader.
About Planet Green:
Planet Green is Discovery Communications' global, cross-company
initiative with a commitment to document, preserve and celebrate the
planet, including the first-ever 24-hour eco-lifestyle television and
entertainment network in more than 50 million homes as of June 4, 2008.
Planet Green is the multiplatform media destination with a mission. It's
the center for the new green conversation, speaking to people who want to
understand green living and to those who truly want to make a difference in
meeting the critical challenge of protecting our environment. Planet
Green's unique content, tools and information will enlighten, empower and
most importantly, entertain. Planet Green's platforms include leading
eco-lifestyle website TreeHugger.com and the recently launched
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