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Columbia TriStar Television Group to Debut First Interactive Game Shows This Fall to WebTV Plus Users.



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"Wheel Of Fortune" Interactive and "JEOPARDY!" Interactive Invite Millions To "Watch! Play! Win!" With WebTV Plus Beginning Oct. 4; Game

Show Network to Rollout New Interactive Shows by This Winter

Columbia TriStar Television Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. was the third name of the television studio Screen Gems, adopted with the Columbia-TriStar merger of 1991 and last used in 2002.

Columbia TriStar Television was launched in 1994 as a joint venture between Columbia Pictures Television and
 Group (CTTG CTTG Co-operative Travel Trading Group
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) and WebTV Networks Inc., will raise the bar on the traditional television viewing experience beginning Oct. 4 with the premiere of "Wheel of Fortune" Interactive and "JEOPARDY!" Interactive.

The new Interactive TV programming will now allow viewers to "solve the puzzle" and correctly question the "answers" while simultaneously watching the shows. As part of Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform strategy, the Interactive TV programming, developed by Los Angeles-based Mixed Signals Technologies (MST See micro systems technology. ), also is slated to rollout on Game Show Network (GSN GSN Game Show Network
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) this Winter.

The fall debut of the Interactive TV versions of two of the world's most popular game shows will mark a significant milestone in television/Internet convergence and viewer interaction. The first Interactive TV game shows will launch in national syndication five days a week, as well as reach an additional 22 million households through GSN. The viewers will be invited to play along from home, compete with others and win prizes for the first time.

"Game shows are the killer app A software application that is exceptionally useful or exciting. Killer apps are innovative and often represent the first of a new breed, and they are extremely successful. For example, in the late 1970s, the VisiCalc spreadsheet was the killer app for the Apple II, providing reason  of interactive television. They are participatory, completely intuitive and provide viewers with instant gratification from their viewing experience," said Andy Kaplan, executive vice president of CTTG.

"With the fall launch, we're raising the bar on delivering the first truly interactive game show experience for viewers, using some of the world's most popular television programming to immediately captivate and engage an audience," added Kaplan.

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He married Letitia Blanche Borthwick, daughter of Hon. Malcolm Algernon Borthwick and Blanche Buckland Gorrie, on 28 July 1934.
, president of GSN added, "As a leader in interactive entertainment programming, we're intimately familiar with the excitement that interactivity brings to our viewers. The addition of `Wheel of Fortune' Interactive and `JEOPARDY!' Interactive broadens our programming slate, gives our audience even more `play' options, and underscores GSN's position on the cutting edge."

Initially, the first Interactive TV game shows will be available to those subscribing to the Microsoft(R) WebTV Network(TM) Plus Service.

"As a leading provider of enhanced television Enhanced Television (ETV) is a collection of specifications developed under the OpenCable project of CableLabs (Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.) that define an ETV Application consisting of resources (files) adhering to the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) content  services, we believe that interactive programming is revolutionizing television as we know it," said Joe Poletto, vice president of WebTV Networks' Network Media Group. "We are pleased to be working with Columbia TriStar on the 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'JEOPARDY!' programs, making interactive options available to our WebTV Plus subscribers and adding a sense of playful competition and community to their living rooms."

"The technology behind this debut is enabling us to deliver the first significant Interactive TV programming that viewers can play along with every night," noted Alex Thompson, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of MST. "The Interactive TV components are designed to add spontaneity with interactivity that is unique to each show. Interactive TV brings the enduring nature of these timeless programs into a new era of TV broadcasting technology."

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE SPE - Software Practice and Experience ) and WebTV plan to support the programming launch with a high-profile marketing campaign also slated to debut this fall and themed around the "Watch! Play! Win!" tagline. Pre-registration for the new versions of "Wheel of Fortune" Interactive and "JEOPARDY!" Interactive will be available to WebTV subscribers from now through the fall program debut. Check www.wheeloffortune.com/itv and www.jeopardy.com/itv for details on how to get into the game.

"`Wheel of Fortune' and `JEOPARDY!' are legendary game show dynasties in their own right with a history for breaking new ground. By bringing this immersive interactive component directly to an audience already actively involved in the game play from their sofas, we are adding an entirely new dimension to these game shows and marking the latest chapter in their history," said Harry Friedman, executive producer of "Wheel of Fortune" and "JEOPARDY!"

The TV Signal Gets Interactive

The Interactive TV versions of "Wheel of Fortune" and "JEOPARDY!" are produced by Columbia TriStar Interactive, the new media arm of SPE, and MST, the leading developer of Interactive television production tools and services. MST delivers a complete suite of interactive television programming tools and production services, which encode information into either an analog or digital television stream. This break-through programming enables the integration of television and Internet content to create a completely interactive television experience. The result is real-time, interactive game play for television viewers who get to play alongside the real-life game show contestants.

Robert Tercek, senior vice president of Digital Media for CTTG added, "We've long seen the potential of adding a cutting-edge interactive component to our stable of content. This convergence not only has positive implications for the viewer but also extends to advertisers and sponsors, bringing powerful new marketing tools for them to more directly reach their audiences."

"Wheel of Fortune" Interactive and "JEOPARDY!" Interactive are produced to meet specifications set forth by the Advanced Television Enhancement Forum (ATVEF (Advanced Television Enhancement Forum) A consortium of broadcast, cable and computer companies founded in 1998 that developed the ATVEF Enhanced Content Specification, an HTML and JavaScript-based format for adding content to interactive TV. ), a cross-industry group formed to specify a single public standard for delivering interactive television experiences to compliant devices including televisions, TV set-top boxes as well as personal computers. These interactive features also will work with any future set-top box or interactive TV application that conforms to this industry standard.

America's Most Popular Game Shows Make History Again

"Wheel of Fortune," America's No. 1 rated syndicated television show, is now seen in more than 200 U.S. markets and 51 international territories. Beginning its 17th season, "Wheel of Fortune" has been renewed to 2005.

Entering its 16th year in syndication, "JEOPARDY!" imparts immeasurable knowledge to captivated cap·ti·vate  
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1. To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.

2. Archaic To capture.
 audiences around the world. The show is broadcast in 49 foreign countries and through Armed Forces Radio and Television Services. Since its debut, "JEOPARDY!" has been the recipient of 19 prestigious Daytime Emmy Awards and is America's No. 1 rated quiz show quiz show
n.
A television or radio program in which the contestants' knowledge is tested by questioning, with some contestants winning money or prizes.
. The show has been renewed until 2005.

About Mixed Signals Technologies Inc.

Mixed Signals Technologies Inc. (MST) is the broadcast industry's leading developer of Interactive TV production tools and services. Broadcasters, TV program producers, post production facilities and Interactive content developers worldwide rely on MST's ITV (1) See interactive TV.

(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV).
 Dataflo system and advanced production services to create, broadcast and support Interactive TV programming. The company also provides a full-line of "broadcast + data" products for cable and satellite service providers, enabling them to deliver new and engaging Interactive services to analog and digital set-top boxes, via analog and digital broadcasting Digital broadcasting is the practice of using digital data rather than analogue waveforms to carry broadcasts over television channels or assigned radio frequency bands. It is becoming increasingly popular for television usage (especially satellite television) but is having a  formats. For more information, visit the MST Web site at www.mixedsignals.com

About WebTV Networks

WebTV Networks Inc., a leading provider of enhanced TV Enhanced TV (ETV) is one example of interactive TV. It is used in particular in reference to Two-Screen Solutions TV + PC services. Generally users of these ETV services have their TV and computer in the same room, and navigate their web browser to a particular program-specific Web  services using Internet and digital technologies, operates the Microsoft WebTV Network service and designs WebTV Internet Terminals and Receivers. The WebTV Network service is available in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Canada and Japan and has more than 800,000 subscribers. WebTV Networks, based in Mountain View, Calif., is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

Notes:
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Microsoft Corp.

About Columbia TriStar Interactive

Columbia TriStar Interactive is a leading producer and distributor of compelling online entertainment experiences based on original content and Sony Pictures Entertainment branded properties. CTI's content is distinguished by its innovative design, message and technology as well as its broad based consumer appeal. Columbia TriStar Interactive is a Sony Pictures Company.

About Game Show Network

Game Show Network, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is the only programming service exclusively dedicated to the exciting world of games, game playing and game shows. Each day, Game Show Network offers a wide array of programming including game show features from its diverse library and new interactive game shows where viewers can become contestants in their own homes. Game Show Network can be found on the World Wide Web at www.gameshownetwork.com

About Columbia TriStar Television Group

SPE's television operations have generated 34 programs spanning all formats and dayparts for the current season.

Columbia TriStar Television's network prime time slate includes "Mad About You," "The Nanny," "Party of Five," "Dawson's Creek Dawson's Creek is an American primetime television drama which aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. The lead production company was Sony Pictures Television. ," "Dilbert," "The King of Queens," "Early Edition," "L.A. Doctors L.A. Doctors is an American medical drama television series set in a Los Angeles practice. Cast
  • Ken Olin ... as Dr. Roger Cattan
  • Matt Craven ... as Dr. Tim Lonner
  • Rick Roberts ... as Dr. Evan Newman
  • Sheryl Lee ... as Dr.
" and "Malcolm & Eddie." The studio also produces the No. 1 and No. 2 syndicated programs, "Wheel of Fortune" and "JEOPARDY!".

SPE's television business is complementing its domestic content creation capabilities with rapid growth in the international marketplace. The company has invested in more than 20 international distribution and co-production ventures in Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. , Europe, the Far East and Australia. Columbia TriStar International Television Columbia TriStar International Television was known as the worldwide television distribution arm of Columbia TriStar Television that was launched in 1995. In 2002, it was renamed to Sony Pictures Television International.  currently operates two branded Sony Entertainment Television Sony Entertainment Television is a general entertainment channel, owned or co-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. There are at least four versions of this channel existing:
  • Sony Entertainment Television Asia
  • Sony Entertainment Television (India)
 networks (in India and Latin America) and produces original local programming in seven languages around the globe. SPE is also the managing partner of Telemundo, the Spanish language domestic network.

SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment products, services and technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.spe.sony.com.
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