Month: May 2016

Voodoo Doughnut to Open its First-Ever California Location at Universal CityWalk

USHR//Universal City, May 18, 2016 – World famous Voodoo Doughnut expands to the Golden State this fall with the introduction of its first-ever California location at Universal CityWalk™, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

            “We are beyond thrilled to open Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk and share our menu of fabulous, unconventional doughnuts with the world at the top entertainment destination in Los Angeles,” said Voodoo Doughnut owner, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson.  “Our signature and one-of-a-kind doughnuts are the perfect complement to CityWalk’s over-the-top vibrancy.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Voodoo Doughnut to Universal CityWalk as we begin to phase in the next evolution of our dynamic CityWalk entertainment complex,” said Morell Marean, Senior Vice President, Food and Restaurant Operations, Universal Studios Hollywood. “The arrival of Voodoo Doughnut to Los Angeles coincides with Universal Studios Hollywood’s successful opening of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ and we take pride in entertaining guests with everything that’s exceptional, from attractions to doughnuts.”

            The new Voodoo Doughnut shop will find its sweet spot at the inimitable Universal CityWalk, located near the “5 Towers” outdoor concert stage and adjacent to the Universal Cinemas, currently under renovation and also slated to debut this fall.

            Voodoo Doughnut, which originated in Portland, Oregon, has expanded to multiple U.S. cities in Eugene, OR; Denver, CO; Austin, TX, as well as overseas in Taipei City, Taiwan. The fall opening marks their first California establishment.  Created by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, Voodoo Doughnut is recognized worldwide by consumers and the media alike for their eccentric, palate-pleasing pastry creations.

            The Pogson-Shannon team raised the bar in doughnut creation in 2003 by experimenting with an array of unusual ingredient combinations to create a broad selection of exquisite doughnuts that range from Bacon Maple Bar doughnut to the Grape Ape doughnut and the Mango Tango doughnut.

            Visit Voodoo Doughnut at http://www.VoodooDoughnut.com to learn more.

First-Look/Making Of – The Walking Dead Attraction to Invade Universal Studios Hollywood on July 4

USHR//Universal City, California, May 18, 2016 – Universal Studios Hollywood reveals a behind-the-scenes look into the making of its new permanent walk-through attraction based on AMC’s record-breaking television series, “The Walking Dead,” and announces that the eagerly-awaited experience will debut on Monday, July 4, 2016.

The captivating two-minute video features insightful commentary from Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of “The Walking Dead” as he tours his LA-based special effects studio, KNB Efx, which is responsible for masterfully creating the show’s—and now the attraction’s—realistic decaying walkers.  Please click here for the sneak peek.

“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have a great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” said Greg Nicotero.

He continued, “It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible. We’re getting the chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction.  We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see…it’s never been done before….it’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art….and I can’t wait.”

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.  This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living representation of the show.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in its ambitious epic transformation.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers. It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and will debut its seventh season this October.