Los Angeles Times Brings Readers onto the "Hollywood Backlot"

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LOS ANGELES – May 15, 2008 – The Los Angeles Times is set to unveil " Hollywood Backlot" on Thursday, May 15th, with exclusive, on-set photography from veteran Hollywood lensman, David Strick. Strick has enjoyed unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access for over thirty years and his photos offer a rare glimpse of luminaries and bit-players in candid and sometimes outrageous settings, appealing to both casual moviegoers and filmmaking intimates alike.

"David Strick's Hollywood Backlot" is the debut feature of what promises to become The Times new "Hollywood Backlot" franchise and the celebration of the visual medium will cover a wide range of films, television, music videos and commercials. New shots from Strick's current set visits will be featured online each week, alongside his full photo gallery and keyword searchable archive of 500+ images and a layout featuring the best of that weeks' gallery will also appear each Thursday in Calendar.

"When the men in ape suits need to break to make cell phone calls or stars spend a day dangling from a tree by invisible cables, Hollywood Backlot will be on the scene," said The Times online entertainment editor, Richard Rushfield. "David Strick will be a fly on the wall wherever Hollywood is at work and will bring our readers that experience."

Strick's family has worked in Hollywood for three generations and includes both Oscar winners and blacklistees. For eleven and a half years, he produced a monthly photo column for Premiere Magazine called "David Strick's Hollywood" and prior to that a book entitled "Our Hollywood." David's editorial work has also appeared in Time, Life, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. His photographs have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum among others, and he was featured at the "Visa pour l'image" photo festival and Bibliothèque Nationale collection in France.

"The Los Angeles Times and the entertainment business have in a sense grown up together and I'm excited my photos will now be part of this new view inside Hollywood," said David Strick.

"Hollywood Backlot" is designed for everyone interested in the industry's magic and is the latest addition to latimes.com's Entertainment News section.

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