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Electronic Arts Origin Inspired Wing Commander Academy Cartoon Series Premieres Saturday; Universal Cartoon Studios' Production Debuts on USA Network.

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 1996--Wing Commander Academy, a cartoon series based on the award-winning Wing Commander line of computer games from Electronic Arts' ORIGIN Systems subsidiary, will debut on September 21 at 11:30 a.m./10:30C on the USA Network.

Wing Commander Academy will be part of USA Network's "Action Extreme Team" Saturday and Sunday morning programming.

The new animated series, produced by Universal Cartoon Studios, features the main characters from the Wing Commander games during their cadet years at the Space Naval Academy and includes several of the talented cast members from the Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV games to provide voices for the animated series.

Reprising their roles from the game are Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations), Mark Hamill (Star Wars trilogy) and Tom Wilson (Back to the Future I, II and III). Joining the regular cast in a new role is Emmy award-winning actress Dana Delany (China Beach).

In the animated series Wing Commander Academy, the year is 2655 and the stories lay out a "prequel" to the games. For a generation, the Terran Confederation has waged a relentless war against the forces of the Kilrathi, a fierce, savage, feline-like race -- a battle that rages on through the first three video games. During this combat, the very existence of humanity in the galaxy is at stake, along with countless other sentient lifeforms who seek protection by the Terran Confederation.

Because of recent heavy losses in battle against the Kilrathi, the 201st Pleeb class of the Confederation's Space Naval Academy replaces the regular flight crew aboard the refurbished Tiger's Class spaceship, with Commodore Geoffrey Tolwyn (McDowell) commanding. The cadets are supposed to complete their course of instruction while performing routine patrols and flight training. But in war, anything can happen.

Wing Commander Academy embarks on the voyages of these novice, honorable, skill-honing fighters as they test their mettle, bravado and expertise on an itinerary of missions fraught with danger.

Electronic Arts, headquartered in San Mateo, is a leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues over $530 million for fiscal 1996. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems such as the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

ORIGIN Systems, based in Austin, Texas, develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts.

Universal Cartoon Studios is a division of MCA INC., a unit of the Seagram Company, Ltd., a global beverage and entertainment/communications company. -0-

Note to Editors: Electronic Arts, Origin Systems and Wing Commander are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts or its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Pat Becker, 415/513-7523 (Corporate Communications)

Caroline Hughes, 415/513-7860 (Financial)

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Origin Systems

David Swofford, 512/434-6620
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