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B$Z: Forbes Magazine Recognizes Pastrana's Nitro Circus as One of America's Most Promising Companies

January 26, 2015

Nitro Circus, a youth media firm and action sports spectacle that is a worldwide phenomenon, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies. Ranked #22 out of 100 companies selected, the list honors businesses that lead in growth and management and obtain overall compelling business models. This is the fourth annual list created by Forbes. You can check out Nitro Circus’s ranking online here:

Founders Travis Pastrana, Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, and Michael Porra started the fully integrated global youth entertainment company back in 2003. Originally a small DVD series filmed in Pastrana’s Maryland backyard, Nitro Circus grew into a successful MTV show with more than 46 million U.S. viewers and broadcast in 60 countries worldwide. The next step was Nitro Circus Live, which has captured the imagination of fans across the globe with a string of sell-out shows and record-breaking crowds in more than a dozen different countries. The company recently moved its headquarters from Australia to San Clemente, California directly following a strategic business investment by The Raine Group in November 2013. The first-ever North American tour hit the U.S. shortly after that in January 2014, selling out New York’s coveted Madison Square Garden among other large arenas around the country.  

“We are so stoked to be named as one of America’s most promising companies by Forbes,” says Pastrana. “Bringing the biggest, most daring action sports production ever staged home to America has been a dream come true for us. We’re constantly doing things that people previously thought was physically impossible. It really doesn’t seem like a job to us, so you can imagine it makes us even more excited that what we love to do has become such a successful business model.”

“This is fantastic recognition for the enormous strides we’ve made in the youth entertainment sector nationally and globally over the past five years,” says CEO Michael Porra. “Since 2010, Nitro Circus has built one of the largest digital followings on the planet and produced content that has been wildly successful whether on-screen, online or in person. We have close to 100 new live shows booked over the next 18 months, and our future plans for Nitro Circus are exponential. It’s our mission to turn this company into the greatest youth entertainment brand in the World, and it’s a goal that is now well within reach.”

Nitro Circus Live is currently on tour in New Zealand and will also be headed to Australia, North America and Europe in 2015, with more dates and locations still to be announced. Tickets for most shows are on sale now and can be purchased through For more tour information, updates from the road and behind-the-scenes content, visit the website. Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter and Instagram @nitrocircus and Facebook: