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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Beethoven's Treasure

October 8, 2013

YellowBrix

JONATHAN SILVERMAN, KRISTY SWANSON, MORGAN FAIRCHILD STAR WITH THE WORLD'S MOST BELOVED CANINE IN A HOWLARIOUS ALL-NEW MOVIE FROM UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY WRAPS TODAY IN NOVA SCOTIA UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyone's favorite big-hearted St. Bernard embarks on another larger-than-life adventure in Beethoven's Treasure, an all-new, family-friendly movie from Universal 1440 Entertainment written and directed by Ron Oliver (The New Addams Family, A Dennis the Menace Christmas). The newest heartwarming comedy featuring the outrageously outsized pooch wrapped principal photography today, October 8, in Nova Scotia.

Beethoven's Treasure marks the perennially popular pup's eighth screen appearance with an exciting new tale that finds Beethoven and his devoted trainer Eddie exploring the ancient mysteries of a quaint seaside hamlet. Shot on and around picturesque Nova Scotia, the film features more of the hilarious antics and wholesome adventures that have made this franchise a longtime family favorite that has earned more than $150 million worldwide.

"It's been more than 20 years since Beethoven became one of the biggest canine stars in Hollywood history, winning the hearts of generations of kids and parents with his hilarious escapades," says Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. "We are delighted to see him back in an all-new, fun-filled family adventure that will have children and parents howling with laughter."

Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie's, Brighton Beach Memoirs) returns in the role of Eddie, Beethoven's faithful friend, heading up a crew of winning actors including Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Psych"), Brian George (Horrible Bosses, "The Big Bang Theory"), Jeffrey Combs (Re-animator, The Frighteners), Colin Mochrie ("Whose Line Is It Anyway", "The Drew Carey Show"), Jayne Eastwood (Chicago, Dawn of the Dead), Bretton Manley (TED), David De Luise ("Wizards of Waverly Place," "Rizzoli and Isles"), Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty," Marley and Me) and Morgan Fairchild ("Flamingo Road," "Falcon Crest"). The film is directed by Ron Oliver (Prom Night III, The New Addams Family) from a script he wrote with Chris Blake. It is produced by Al Dickerson (Swimming with Sharks, The Reading Room).

SYNOPSIS When Beethoven gets fired from his latest movie, the canine star and his trainer Eddie (Jonathan Silverman) tuck their tails between their legs for the long drive home, but end up stranded in a small coastal town that holds unexpected adventure. While Eddie's car is being repaired, they check into a quaint B&B, run by Grace O'Malley (Jayne Eastwood) and her beautiful daughter Ann (Kristy Swanson), where they happen upon a long-lost treasure map that begins a quest to find a hidden fortune. Along the way, they will have to contend with pirate treachery--both old-school and modern--before they discover the secrets they seek in an action-packed comedy destined to become a family favorite.

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment The Universal 1440 Entertainment banner develops and produces live-action and animated productions directly for the home entertainment, television and the stage. Since its formation in 2005, the group has assembled an exceptional roster of animated family fare, including the brand-new animated feature-length home entertainment release The Little Engine That Could; the Daytime Emmy(R)-winning "Curious George" television series on PBS KIDS; and a string of hit Barbie movies, based on the world-renowned Mattel-branded doll. The group also has successfully built upon some of Universal's highly celebrated live-action franchises, most recently launching the Tony Award(R)-nominated hit touring stage production Bring It On: The Musical; the adrenaline-fueled actioner Death Race 3: Inferno; and the epic- adventure saga The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption. Projects currently readying for release include the all-new home entertainment features Dead in Tombstone, Curse of Chucky and Little Rascals, a reboot of the beloved family comedy. The group is part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Universal 1440 Entertainment is a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE). USHE is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

CONTACT: Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Cecilia Sandoval Publicity Director Cecilia.Sandoval@nbcuni.com (818) 777-7364

SOURCE Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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