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Getting in character

December 15, 1999

Paul Clinton

MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Warner Bros. opened one of its back lots Sunday

to children from Southland charities and community groups for carnival

games, food and rides.

Children from three Burbank groups -- Boys and Girls Club of Burbank,

YMCA of Burbank and Burbank Outreach Center -- were among those tossing

softballs at milk bottles, wolfing down hot dogs and frolicking with Bugs

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Bunny. There was even a Ferris wheel.

Studio chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said he was pleased with the

carnival's success.

"The joy and excitement on the kids' faces was a very gratifying and

heartwarming reminder of the true meaning of the holidays," said Meyer,

who was appointed to Warner's top studio post in October.

Approximately 10,000 people spent the day on the 50-acre Warner Bros.

Ranch, where much of the "Lethal Weapon" movies were shot. Many of the

children were from foster homes and underprivileged neighborhoods.

Usually a one-day event for employees and their families, this year's

carnival was extended for a second day for the community groups, Warner

Bros. officials said.

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