TV Land to Unveil 'The Andy Griffith Show' Statue During Special Ceremony In Raleigh, N.C. On Tuesday, October 28

Sep 16, 2003, 01:00 ET from TV-Land

    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Land, television's home to the best
 programming from the past 50 years, and the city of Raleigh, North Carolina
 will honor The Andy Griffith Show with a bronze statue capturing the show's
 famous opening sequence depicting Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard in
 their roles of Sheriff Andy and Opie Taylor walking, hand-in-hand.  The statue
 will be placed in the pastoral environment of Raleigh's Pullen Park and
 unveiled at a special ceremony there on Tuesday, October 28.  Griffith is
 scheduled to be joined on stage by Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Larry W.
 Jones, General Manager and Executive Vice President, TV Land.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030916/NYTU128 )
     "Mayberry is a state of mind that represents the very best of the North
 Carolina culture -- friendly, unpretentious, compassionate, fun-loving, decent
 and solid. As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is eager to welcome two
 such old and dear friends home. We can't wait to see Andy's and Opie's statue
 and invite everyone in North Carolina, the country and TV Land to visit and
 embrace this graceful state of mind," said Charles Meeker, Mayor, City of
 Raleigh.
     "TV Land is honored to salute The Andy Griffith Show with a landmark
 celebrating this world wide family favorite," said Larry W. Jones. "The
 indelible impression of Andy and Opie walking hand-in-hand is TV Land's way of
 saluting the American family."
     As part of TV Land's Landmark initiative, The Andy Griffith Show sculpture
 represents the network's third effort to honor classic TV. The network's first
 salute -- a bronze statue of Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners -- was unveiled
 in 2000 and now adorns the entrance to New York City's Port Authority Bus
 Terminal. In May 2002, a bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore from The Mary Tyler
 Moore Show was unveiled and now stands on Nicollett Mall in downtown
 Minneapolis, MN. TV Land can be seen on Channel 54 on the Time Warner Cable
 System in Raleigh/Durham.
     Studio EIS, a three-dimensional design and sculpture studio in New York
 founded by brothers Ivan and Elliot Schwartz, created the life-sized bronze
 sculpture. StudioEIS' entry was selected following an invitation to select
 sculptors across the country earlier this year. The design selection was made
 by TV Land executives, Andy Griffith, Ron Howard and the city of Raleigh.
     The StudioEIS sculpture and design team is comprised of 10 members which
 includes portrait Sculptor, Stuart Williamson, a former Senior Sculptor at
 Madam Tussaud's London.  All are under the direction of Ivan Schwartz, Studio
 Director and Art Director for the project.  In addition to the TV Land
 commission, the famed sculpture and design studio has done numerous projects
 for museums and corporations across the country. The studio recently completed
 what may be the largest bronze portrait project in American history, a project
 that depicted all 42 framers of the U.S. Constitution displayed around the
 signing table at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. This
 monumental project was unveiled last month.
 
     TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom
 International Inc.
 
     Viacom Inc. is one of the world's largest entertainment and media
 companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of
 entertainment, news, sports, and music.  Its properties include CBS
 Television, MTV Networks, Showtime Networks, Infinity Broadcasting, TDI
 Worldwide and Infinity Outdoor, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television,
 Paramount Parks, UPN, Blockbuster, Simon & Schuster, and theatrical exhibition
 operations in North America and abroad.  The company's Internet businesses
 include the MTVi Group, the CBS Internet Group, and Nickelodeon Online.
 Viacom also owns a half-interest in the Comedy Central cable channel.
 National Amusements, Inc., a closely held corporation which operates
 approximately 1,300 motion picture screens in the U.S., U.K. and South
 America, is the parent company of Viacom.
 
 

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    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Land, television's home to the best
 programming from the past 50 years, and the city of Raleigh, North Carolina
 will honor The Andy Griffith Show with a bronze statue capturing the show's
 famous opening sequence depicting Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard in
 their roles of Sheriff Andy and Opie Taylor walking, hand-in-hand.  The statue
 will be placed in the pastoral environment of Raleigh's Pullen Park and
 unveiled at a special ceremony there on Tuesday, October 28.  Griffith is
 scheduled to be joined on stage by Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Larry W.
 Jones, General Manager and Executive Vice President, TV Land.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030916/NYTU128 )
     "Mayberry is a state of mind that represents the very best of the North
 Carolina culture -- friendly, unpretentious, compassionate, fun-loving, decent
 and solid. As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is eager to welcome two
 such old and dear friends home. We can't wait to see Andy's and Opie's statue
 and invite everyone in North Carolina, the country and TV Land to visit and
 embrace this graceful state of mind," said Charles Meeker, Mayor, City of
 Raleigh.
     "TV Land is honored to salute The Andy Griffith Show with a landmark
 celebrating this world wide family favorite," said Larry W. Jones. "The
 indelible impression of Andy and Opie walking hand-in-hand is TV Land's way of
 saluting the American family."
     As part of TV Land's Landmark initiative, The Andy Griffith Show sculpture
 represents the network's third effort to honor classic TV. The network's first
 salute -- a bronze statue of Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners -- was unveiled
 in 2000 and now adorns the entrance to New York City's Port Authority Bus
 Terminal. In May 2002, a bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore from The Mary Tyler
 Moore Show was unveiled and now stands on Nicollett Mall in downtown
 Minneapolis, MN. TV Land can be seen on Channel 54 on the Time Warner Cable
 System in Raleigh/Durham.
     Studio EIS, a three-dimensional design and sculpture studio in New York
 founded by brothers Ivan and Elliot Schwartz, created the life-sized bronze
 sculpture. StudioEIS' entry was selected following an invitation to select
 sculptors across the country earlier this year. The design selection was made
 by TV Land executives, Andy Griffith, Ron Howard and the city of Raleigh.
     The StudioEIS sculpture and design team is comprised of 10 members which
 includes portrait Sculptor, Stuart Williamson, a former Senior Sculptor at
 Madam Tussaud's London.  All are under the direction of Ivan Schwartz, Studio
 Director and Art Director for the project.  In addition to the TV Land
 commission, the famed sculpture and design studio has done numerous projects
 for museums and corporations across the country. The studio recently completed
 what may be the largest bronze portrait project in American history, a project
 that depicted all 42 framers of the U.S. Constitution displayed around the
 signing table at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. This
 monumental project was unveiled last month.
 
     TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom
 International Inc.
 
     Viacom Inc. is one of the world's largest entertainment and media
 companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of
 entertainment, news, sports, and music.  Its properties include CBS
 Television, MTV Networks, Showtime Networks, Infinity Broadcasting, TDI
 Worldwide and Infinity Outdoor, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television,
 Paramount Parks, UPN, Blockbuster, Simon & Schuster, and theatrical exhibition
 operations in North America and abroad.  The company's Internet businesses
 include the MTVi Group, the CBS Internet Group, and Nickelodeon Online.
 Viacom also owns a half-interest in the Comedy Central cable channel.
 National Amusements, Inc., a closely held corporation which operates
 approximately 1,300 motion picture screens in the U.S., U.K. and South
 America, is the parent company of Viacom.
 
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