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July 26 - August 1, 2004
Volume 4
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A&E Network to Produce a New Real-Life Series at the World's Most Famous Casino Resort

'Phantom of the Opera' Heading to Vegas

Trump to build Indiana casino

Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel considers addition of 2,000 rooms

Mikohn Launches New Poker Table Game


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A&E Network to Produce a New Real-Life Series at the World's Most Famous Casino Resort
As reported by The Business Wire

Las Vegas, Nevada - Caesars Palace has granted unprecedented access to A&E Network to create a new real-life series offering the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at Las Vegas' most legendary resort and casino, it was announced today by Abbe Raven, executive vice president and general manager, A&E Network.

In the spirit of A&E's hit series AIRLINE, CAESARS will focus on trials, triumphs and tribulations of a compelling cast of Las Vegas characters, including a regular cast of Caesars Palace employees and a revolving cast of wide-eyed tourists, first-time gamblers, and other visitors of all descriptions who come to party in the world's most famous adult playground.

Viewers will experience the Entertainment Capital of the World as they have never seen it before -- through the eyes of the indomitable pit boss, the savvy sports book oddsmaker, the tactful hotel concierge, glamorous showgirls, imperious high-rollers, excited low-rollers, Vegas newlyweds and any number of the 60,000 visitors and employees who pass through the marbled hallways of Caesars Palace each day.

"We're thrilled to have Caesars Palace as the setting for our next real-life series," said Abbe Raven, executive vice president and general manager, A&E Network. "Viewers will have the unique opportunity, thanks to the unprecedented access Caesars has given us for the show, to experience the compelling stories that happen behind the scenes at the world's most famous resort and casino."

"We are pleased to have a television partner of the caliber of A&E Network to capture the innumerable intriguing stories to be found inside the storied walls of Caesars Palace," said Mark Juliano, president of the renowned resort. "Caesars Palace possesses a mystique that eludes any other casino in Las Vegas. It is the perfect venue for A&E to create an engaging and entertaining television program which will showcase Las Vegas in an unscripted style as has never been done before."

Encompassing over 80 acres of property at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace employs over 5,000 people to service more than 2,400 guest rooms as well as five wedding chapels, 22 restaurants and a five-acre swimming pool complex, providing a perfect backdrop for non-stop action.

Nancy Dubuc will be the executive producer for A&E Network. CAESARS will be produced for A&E Network by 44 Blue Productions ("What Should You Do?," "Cell Dogs," "True Story of Black Hawk Down") and Cypress Point Productions ("Nuremberg," "Out of the Ashes," "44 Minutes"). Rasha Drachkovitch, Gerald Abrams and Michael Goldstein are executive producers.

'Phantom of the Opera' Heading to Vegas
As reported by The Associated Press

Las Vegas, Nevada -- "The Phantom of the Opera," one of the most successful shows in the history of Broadway, has been lured to the desert with the promise of a lavish new theater and a seemingly endless stream of tourists.

Clear Channel Entertainment will produce a 90-minute, $35 million version of the Tony Award-winning musical, set to open in the spring of 2006 at the Venetian Hotel-Casino, according to a source familiar with the hotel's negotiation.

"Phantom," the latest Broadway show to play Las Vegas, will perform in the space previously occupied by the Guggenheim Las Vegas museum, which closed in January 2003. The casino will pay for the theater's refitting, which is expected to cost about $25 million, the source said.

The musical, with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is expected to get a flashy makeover, one that includes an exploding chandelier and a bigger stage and set pieces.

The Las Vegas production will be directed by Harold Prince, who directed the original 2 1/2 hour version which opened on Broadway in 1988. It is still playing there and in London. A touring edition is currently in Minneapolis and will move on to Baltimore, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Tampa, Fla., later this year.

While "Phantom" is given new life in Las Vegas, The Venetian gets that marquee attraction it has been searching for since the larger of its two Guggenheim museums shut down.

A movie version of "Phantom" is scheduled for December release. The film, directed by Joel Schumacher, stars Scottish actor Gerard Butler as the Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as the dashing Raoul.


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