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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Universal makes bank from the back lot as the majority of production is not for NBC/Universal projects.

    They could care less how much The Muppets or Pirates of the Caribbean makes at the box office as Disney would pay them the same amount regardless of the box office take. The only benefit to NBC/Universal when a movie made by another company on their lot does well at the box office is that Disney or whoever will probably be back to shoot a sequel at USH which equals more money for them.

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Betty Juice View Post
    Absolutely right! Even a quick look at NBC Universal's corporate site shows that the studios, television networks, other subsidiaries and theme parks all have their own separate presidents, vice presidents, and boards that run them, and everything runs in it's own separate sphere.
    With one President and CEO for Universal Studios, Ron Meyer. The rest are Executives by Business.

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Larry Kurzweil
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    "And yes, we implore EVERYBODY to follow the park rules. Having off-ride footage is great, but any still photo's or video's taken ON the coasters at SFMM are strictly against the rules. They are there for your (and everybody's) safety." "Six Flags doesn't allow ANY loose articles on their coasters, and they don't allow video taping on their coasters. " BUT, "​ This is not true. Six Flags does not allow ANY On-Ride video or pictures on the rides. The ONLY way is if you get explicit permission from Park Management." ???

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacAlert View Post
    Larry Kurzweil
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    Yeah, LK is the top dog at USH. His boss is Thomas Williams, Chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Parks and Resorts.

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Quote Originally Posted by F!an View Post
    Yeah, LK is the top dog at USH. His boss is Thomas Williams, Chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Parks and Resorts.
    which then is Ron Meyer right?

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Quote Originally Posted by TSTLSOOM View Post
    which then is Ron Meyer right?
    Yeah. Ron is President and COO of Universal Studios and is a senior executive of NBCUniversal. The President and CEO of NBCUniversal is Steve Burke who is also Executive VP of Comcast.

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    While we're talking about them, they were all in the park yesterday.
    Disneyland and Haunted Mansion fan boy!

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Yeah, I used to work at the theme park, and they are indeed separate. I don't know what the culture is like now, but when I was there, park employees were allowed to go into the studio lot, but only certain areas. There was also a separate commissary and studio store just for the studio people, although we were allowed to shop/eat there...it just wasn't very convenient. I did almost get run over by Steven Spielberg back there though...he was there quite a bit during the Jurassic Park construction.

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    ^He's still around the park all the time because of Transformers.
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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
    While we're talking about them, they were all in the park yesterday.
    yep, i always see Larry. he always stops by the simpsons store, buys a donut, and then heads to mels to eat lunch

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Yes, and the plan calls for an "entertainment attraction" behind the amphitheatre, right where we have been saying Harry Potter would go as part of that entire attraction.
    "And yes, we implore EVERYBODY to follow the park rules. Having off-ride footage is great, but any still photo's or video's taken ON the coasters at SFMM are strictly against the rules. They are there for your (and everybody's) safety." "Six Flags doesn't allow ANY loose articles on their coasters, and they don't allow video taping on their coasters. " BUT, "​ This is not true. Six Flags does not allow ANY On-Ride video or pictures on the rides. The ONLY way is if you get explicit permission from Park Management." ???

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    maybe gibson is staying and the tour is getting relocated? take the escalators down to WWoHP where the tour is located now

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    Re: Heard a depressing rumor about USH's Potter...Maybe someone knows more?

    Here's a snippet from the LA Times. I find it surprising that they have yet to determine where they will put the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!?!?

    The new plan calls for adding 327,000 square feet of development to the theme park, which might include an expansion of the well-known tram tour and parking. The boundaries of the theme park would not grow.


    The theme-park enhancements might seem to be a natural complement for the planned Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which NBCUniversal said in December would cost "several hundred million dollars" to create. The studio hopes to emulate the success of the attraction at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida.


    But on Monday, NBCUniversal officials said they hadn't determined where they would place the "Harry Potter" attraction, which is expected to include a re-creation of the Hogwarts castle as well as Potter-themed rides, shops and restaurants.


    A key revision of the proposal calls for construction of two 500-room hotels instead of one. The new plan also would bump up the amount of new production facilities and offices to 1.45 million square feet from 1.24 million square feet.


    The revised plan calls for $100 million in transit and roadway improvements as originally proposed, said Thomas Smith, senior vice president in charge of real estate on the West Coast for NBCUniversal.


    The budget would include a new ramp and other improvements on the 101 Freeway. About half the $100 million would be spent on improving traffic flow on nearby streets, intersections and freeways; the other half would be spent on transit programs, including shuttles, a Metro bus and employee and visitor incentives to forgo car trips.

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