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Film Roman To Produce 'The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series' For UPN

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Roman Inc. (Nasdaq: ROMN) today announced that it is going into production on "The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series" for primetime on UPN following a three-month hiatus. The announcement was made by Phil Roman, chairman and CEO of Film Roman Inc.

"The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series" has received an initial 13 episode order from UPN for an expected Fall '98 premier. David Misch, whose credits include executive producer on the animated series, "Duckman," has been hired to oversee creation of a new format and direction for the series as well as the development of 13 scripts. The series will feature music from the Blues Brothers Band.

According to Phil Roman, "Our goal in re-examining our work during the hiatus has been to ensure that the tremendous potential of this series is realized. UPN's commitment to and belief in this project has been a vital part of reaching that goal. We look forward to working with the network to bring these famous characters back to television.

Jim Belushi and Peter Aykroyd will voice the roles of Jake and Elwood Blues originally made famous by their brothers. Phil Roman, Michael Waeghe, and David Misch are executive producers. Victor Pisano is coordinating producer. The series is based upon rights obtained from Judy Belushi-Pisano and Dan Aykroyd.

Film Roman is the Emmy Award-winning animation studio whose list of credits include "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," "Bobby's World," and "The Mask."

When used in the preceding discussion, the words "believes", "expects" or "intends to" and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, profitability, potential revenue sources, liquidity, future strategies and growth plans. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the Company's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, conditions in the general economy and the entertainment industry, access to distribution channels, demand for animated programming, the availability of time slots for animated programming and other risks described under the caption "Risks Related to the Business" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1996 and in the Company's other SEC reports and filings. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

For more information about Film Roman via facsimile at no cost, simply call 1-800-PRO-INFO and dial client code "ROMN."

SOURCE Film Roman Inc.
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/CONTACT: At The Company: Tricia Haarer or Suzy Missirlian, 818-761-2544, ext. 226; or at The Financial Relations Board: Fiona Ross, General Information, 310-442-0599, or Moira Conlon, Investor/ Analyst Contact, 310-442-0599/


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