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Wednesday, August 9, 2000
Women representing Hawaiian Tropic sun care products
will appear as operators of a fantasy hotel in paradise.

Producers plan
video to promote
‘Hawaiian Tropic’

Tim Ryan

Lions Gate TV will film a short presentation on Oahu next month to promote a possible television series called "Hawaiian Tropic Undercover."

The program was co-created by "Baywatch Hawaii" creator Doug Schwartz, along with Reuben Leder, writer and executive producer of "Magnum, P.I." The two would be executive producers of the new show.

Schwartz and as many as 20 Lions gate executives and crew will arrive here Sept. 1 to prepare for the Sept. 11-14 filming based at the Turtle Bay Hilton on Oahu's North Shore.

The two male and one female actors to star in the hourlong dramedy have yet to be signed.

Schwartz, who also created "Higher Ground" and "Sheena," an action drama debuting this fall, described "Hawaiian Tropic Undercover" as "Donnie Brasco goes to Club Med."

The five-to-seven-minute video presentation will be shown at distributors' conventions in Cannes in October and Las Vegas in January, with a launch of the 22 episodes expected as early as April next year.

The show would premiere in syndication in September 2001.

April Masini, who in June announced she was producer of "Hawaiian Tropic Undercover," no longer holds that position, by mutual agreement, officials said.

"Hawaiian Tropic Undercover" would be the first major title from Lions Gate under the leadership of chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer.

"Tropic" centers on a former FBI undercover agent forced to flee the mob after he saves the life of Ron Rice, the real-life founder of sun-care company Hawaiian Tropic.

Thanks to Rice's gratitude, the runaway lands as chief of security of a luxury hotel run by Hawaiian Tropic girls. The protagonist is a woman who runs the hotel and doesn't care for her new chief of security.

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