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'FAMILY FEUD'S' RICHARD DAWSON RETURNS TO HOST ALL AMERICAN TELEVISION/MARK GOODSON PRODUCTIONS SERIES

Seventh Season of `New Family Feud' Now Offered In An Hour-Long Format
 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmy Award-winning Richard Dawson will return to hosting (and refereeing) families as they are pitted against one another on All American Television's "The New Family Feud," beginning in the fall 1994, it was announced by Jonathan Goodson, president and chief executive officer of Mark Goodson Productions and Henry Siegel, president and chief executive officer of All American Television.
 The series, which is beginning its seventh season in syndication, was originally hosted by Dawson from 1976 to 1985 on ABC and in its previous syndication run which ended in 1985 was the No. 1 rated show for several years. Dawson will assume these duties from Ray Combs who has decided to pursue other opportunities in the television business as well as devoting more time to his Cincinnati comedy club (which is now the largest comedy club in the United States). Combs will be developing several properties with All American Television including a talk program.
 "Over the past six seasons, Ray has brought an energy that has continued to make `Feud' one of the most popular and enduring game shows. We wish Ray the best and look forward to continuing an association with him at All American. And, we are thrilled that Richard is returning to the `Feud.' Much of the original success of the show was due to Richard's easy-going style, humor and charm with the guests," commented Siegel. "Mark Goodson Productions is looking forward to producing the newly expanded hour version of `Family Feud' and to Richard Dawson's return. He is one of the finest and most talented personalities anyone could have," said Goodson.
 When "Family Feud" originally premiered in 1976, hosted by Dawson, the series became the No. 1-rated daytime show within one year after its debut and garnered an Emmy Award for Best Television Game Show in 1977. Richard Dawson won an Emmy for Outstanding Host in a Game Show for "Family Feud" as well.
 In September 1994, "The New Family Feud" will be offered for the first time in syndication as a one-hour daily, Monday through Friday strip. The series is produced by Mark Goodson Productions.
 All American Television Inc. is a subsidiary of All American Communications Inc., the publicly held worldwide entertainment company whose divisions include Scotti Brothers Records, All American Music Publishing and the Baywatch Production Co. All American Communications Inc. trades in the NASDAQ over-the-counter market under the symbol AACI.
 Mark Goodson Productions is the leading independent producer of game shows and reality-based programming, with more than 38,000 episodes, since the company's first show aired in 1943. The company's most well- known productions include "Password," "Classic Concentration," "The Match Game," "To Tell the Truth" and "The Price is Right."
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 /CONTACT: Tom Brocato or Lynn Gardner, The Lippin Group/LA, 213-965-1990, for All American Television Inc.; or Hali Simon, The Lippin Group/NY, 212-965-7080; or Lee Helper, Bender, Goldman, and Helper, 310-473-4147, for Mark Goodson Productions/


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