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Manex Entertainment Names Bill Dawson as President of Manex Interactive; Makes Other Key Appointments.

ALAMEDA POINT, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ --

Manex Entertainment has hired XOOM.com co-founder Bill Dawson to head its new multimedia division, which will create Web sites, CD ROM products, video games, interactive kiosks and digital video production.

A pioneer of CD-ROM, DVD and the Internet, Bill has created over 30 products for a dozen companies and designed numerous products ranging from scientific research to video games. He was a founder of XOOM.com, now NBC Internet, the 7th largest Internet site in the world. Previous to joining Manex Interactive, Dawson was Technical Director for SoftNet's ISP Channel, a leading Internet service provider supplying cable modem service to 2.4 million subscribers. Bill also serves as the President of Premise.

"Bill understands the direction and processes that will merge the entertainment industry with the Internet better than anybody I know," said Manex Entertainment Managing Director Robert G. Bobo. "His background is perfectly suited for working with the specific type of clients who will utilize Manex Interactive's services."

Kawika Maszak named as Executive Producer

A 20-year veteran of radio, television, print and the Internet, Kawika's diverse background allows him to bridge the gap between traditional and new media. Previous to joining Manex Interactive, Maszak was Director of Content Operations for SoftNet's ISP Channel. Kawika spent much of the late 90s preparing an Internet presence for Gannett's Hawaii newspaper properties.

"Kawika will work with our clients to interpret their objectives and build their multimedia projects," says Manex Interactive President, Bill Dawson. "He'll orchestrate our team of multimedia experts to create for our clients truly distinctive visual design and function."

Harun Simbirdi named as VP, Sales and Marketing

With a successful history of more than 10 years of sales and marketing for start-up companies, Harun brings with him invaluable experience in sales of consumer products and Internet marketing. Simbirdi has held various positions, including President, Vice President of Sales, and Director of Marketing for leading companies within the consumer products and Internet arenas. He holds an MBA from St. Mary's College of California.

"Harun's background is well suited to attract the select group of clients with which we will work to develop their multimedia content," says Manex Interactive President, Bill Dawson. "He has an uncanny ability to listen and communicate with our customers that cuts right to the core of their needs, wants and desires."

Dawson, Maszak and Simbirdi will represent Manex Interactive at the Manex Entertainment booth at the 27th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques -- SIGGRAPH -- July 25 through 27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The Manex Interactive Web site can be found at http://www.manexinteractive.com . The company is a division of Manex Entertainment.

About Manex Entertainment:

Manex Entertainment is a diversified media company with locations at Alameda Point in Northern California and Culver City in Southern California, and over 130 employees. The operating divisions of Manex Entertainment are linked together to create a new kind of production entity, embracing software, hardware, art and design, stage space, digital effects, communications, and support services.

Manex Studios is the exclusive provider of film, television, and multimedia production facilities at Alameda Point, California. Clients such as Disney, ILM Commercial Productions, Clint Eastwood/Malpaso, Warner Brothers, and top commercial production companies utilize the 200,000 square feet of stage space available for feature film and commercial production.

For more information about Manex Interactive, please contact Kawika Maszak, Manex Interactive's Executive Producer.

Phone: 510-748-3755

Fax: 510-748-3770

e-mail: kawika@manexinteractive.com
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