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PRODUCTION HEATS UP AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

 PRODUCTION HEATS UP AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
 ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS's "Circus of the


Stars," ABC's "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" and "America's Funniest People" and 68 new episodes of the Nickelodeon Network programs are part of the exciting production line-up at Universal Studios Florida this fall and winter.
 A daring stunt by Vanilla Ice was witnessed live by viewers across the country on Nov. 29th when the popular rapper rode a motorcycle through a wall of flames during a special live segment of "Circus of the Stars" shot on Universal's Hollywood Boulevard set street.
 During "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" broadcast from New York's Times Square, live segments from Universal Studios Florida will feature country music artists Restless Heart along with the spectacular fireworks displays and Hollywood street parties, all of which are open to the general public. The special airs Dec. 31st on ABC.
 Production begins the week of Jan. 30th on four new shows for ABC's hit show, "America's Funniest People" which was shot at Universal last spring. Visitors will laugh at zany antics and vote for their favorite comedians, impressionists and music makers as part of the studio audience for this top rated prime time show.
 Other shows returning to Universal in 1992 will be the finals of the nationally syndicated Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant in March and ABC's Wide World of Sports in May with the second annual "Summer Skates" competition on the expansive backlot. This unique event will feature professional athletes and Olympic champions competing for prize money in a series of in-line skating or rollerblading competitions.
 At Nickelodeon Studios, which is headquartered at Universal Studios Florida, production recently started on 42 original episodes of "Nickelodeon Arcade," a new kids' game show that matches the excitement of today's video games and the latest television technology. Production also continues on 13 new episodes of "Welcome Freshmen," a spirited and fast-paced comedy about the trials and tribulations of young teens. In addition, Nickelodeon's first continuing drama for teens, "Fifteen," is in production with 13 new episodes.
 Fourth quarter production at Universal kicked off with the revival of America's most beloved talent search show. Hosted by Willard Scott of "Today" show fame, "The New Original Amateur Hour" taped six one-hour episodes for the Family Channel; air dates begin in January.
 Studio guests recently found themselves in front of the cameras as the biggest gag in "Candid Camera" history was staged on Universal's New York set streets. This show as well as three other segments will air as part of the nationally syndicated series starring Dom DeLuise in February 1992.
 Emmy award winning actress and star of "Cagney & Lacey," Tyne Daly, recently completed production on a PBS pilot for a new children's series entitled, "Conan the Librarian."
 Now in its second season, USA Network's popular fantasy drama, "Swamp Thing" is taping 52 new episodes on Universal's backlot and on soundstage 24.
 Since its recent opening, Universal Studios Florida has hosted an impressive line up of productions including 12 feature films, more than 630 television episodes and 35 commercials. Steve Martin and Jason Robards ("Parenthood"), John Ritter ("Problem Child II"), Sylvester Stallone ("Oscar"), Anthony Perkins ("Psycho IV"), and Roy Scheider ("Somebody has to Shoot the Pictures"), are just a few of the many stars who have worked on films shot at the largest motion picture and television production facility outside of Hollywood.
 Universal Studios Florida is a joint venture between MCA INC. and The Rank Organisation. Visitors have the unique opportunity to view real movie and television production on the studio backlot and in the soundstages. With Steven Spielberg as its creative consultant, Universal takes visitors beyond the screen and into the world of television and film to "ride the movies."
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 /CONTACT: Carolina Varga, publicity department of Universal Studios Florida, 407-363-8220/ CO: Universal Studios Florida ST: Florida IN: ENT SU:


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