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BRANDON TARTIKOFF, BOB HOPE AND DOROTHY LAMOUR DEDICATE PARAMOUNT PICTURES' NEW FIVE-ACRE COMPLEX OF NEW YORK STREET SETS

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 BRANDON TARTIKOFF, BOB HOPE AND DOROTHY LAMOUR DEDICATE


PARAMOUNT PICTURES' NEW FIVE-ACRE COMPLEX OF NEW YORK STREET SETS
 HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Brandon Tartikoff, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour officially cut the ribbon dedicating Paramount Pictures' breathtaking new five-acre complex of New York Street sets at a celebrity-studded ceremony today on the studio's historic backlot in Hollywood.
 Producer/director/actor Garry Marshall, who produced "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley," and directed "Frankie and Johnny" for Paramount, also spoke at the ceremony. Other stars with ties to Paramount who attended the ceremony, which also commemorated Paramount's 80th anniversary, included Charlton Heston, Anthony Hopkins, William Shatner, Marion Ross, Patrick Stewart, Bob Newhart and Richard Dean Anderson. Dignitaries in attendance included Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, California Governor Pete Wilson's Trade Representative Ira Goldman and Los Angeles Fire Chief Donald Manning. The mayor and the governor each issued proclamations honoring Paramount.
 "This reconstruction of Paramount's backlot into the most versatile New York Street in the industry is a major statement of our corporate commitment to keep movie and television production based here, in Hollywood, whenever possible," said Tartikoff, chairman of Paramount Pictures, which is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc.
 Paramount's new New York Street sets include five acres of facades incorporating the contemporary New York neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Washington Square, the Lower East Side, the Upper East Side, a turn-of-the-century brownstone area, SoHo, the Financial District, and Early 1930s Public School and Brooklyn, making it the most modern and versatile set of its kind in Hollywood.
 Designed by multiple Academy Award-nominee Albert Brenner, the set consists of 46 facades, with six streets and at least seven intersections. The construction added 39 buildings to Paramount's backlot, for a total of 67,013 square feet.
 New York Street has been designed to provide as many services as possible to facilitate production. Therefore, the entire site has been fitted with water, gas, telephone, electrical and compressed air lines. This facility on-site will reduce or eliminate the need for generators and costly prep and strike time.
 "If we need to crash a 1930s Chicago police car through a facade for our new show 'The Untouchables,' we can replace the breakaway front almost immediately," said Earl Lestz, president of Paramount's Studio Group. "Likewise, a flick of a switch and we can have instant 'rain' on the streets of Brooklyn for our hit series 'Brooklyn Bridge,' or, by simply changing the 'wild' storefronts, we can remake contemporary New York into 1880s London for a 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' time-travel episode."
 The new sets are not only erected onto a fireproof steel framework, but the entire area has been equipped with sprinklers, both for fire prevention and also for use in making "rain."
 Approximately 2,100 fire-retardant, flexible and weather- resistant "brick skins," have been made for the various facades by Paramount's Staff Shop. Likewise, the windows and door jambs were constructed in Paramount's mills.
 A unique feature of this set is that the majority of the first floor facades have been constructed to allow the unit to be switched easily for special production requirements. This grants unlimited design potential as well as the ability to shoot special effects and stunt shots in a controlled environment. For example, if a car crash into a building is required, the original front can be removed and a breakaway facade installed for the shot.
 Paramount's Art Department has painstakingly "aged" many of the facades for greater realism. This process can require up to seven coats of primer, paint and wash to achieve the desired look. Finally, to "finish off" the buildings, Paramount's Prop Shop fabricated all the railings, fire escapes, metal casement windows and custom metal work in their on-lot shop.
 Paramount's current television show "Brooklyn Bridge" uses the street for filming exteriors, following a long tradition at Paramount Pictures.
 Paramount's backlot has always had New York Street sets, dating from the late 1920s when Paramount relocated to its present location at the southern edge of Hollywood. However, in 1983, a fire destroyed most of those historic sets.
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