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OBIT/Play, Inc. Co-CEO Paul Montgomery Dies of Sudden Heart Attack.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 1999--

Paul Montgomery, Co-CEO of Play Incorporated, died of a sudden heart attack late Saturday night while vacationing with his wife in Seattle.

Mr. Montgomery, 39, served as President, Co-CEO and a member of the board of directors since co-founding Play with his partner Mike Moore in 1994. Mr. Montgomery is survived by his wife, Michele, his parents and siblings as well as his extended family of friends at Play and throughout the industry.

"This is an overwhelming loss both for Play and for the entire industry. Paul was a visionary leader and a tremendous force shaping the future of video, communications and the Internet," said Moore, Mr. Montgomery's partner and Co-CEO, "To his family, friends, and co-workers he was a boundless source of wisdom, love and creative energy. Beyond those he touched personally, Paul shaped the lives of millions of people through the ideas, technologies and products he championed into existence."

"Paul will continue to touch millions more people through the teams he molded and the powerful visions he seeded here at Play. Paul often said, 'The best way to predict the future is to invent it.' Today, his loving friends, partners and co-workers at Play proudly dedicate ourselves to honoring Paul's memory by continuing forward to invent the future he so passionately believed in."

Prior to starting Play, Mr. Montgomery was instrumental in launching the desktop video industry. In 1986, Mr. Montgomery left his position as a product manager at industry leader Electronic Arts to join a fledgling company called NewTek. Mr. Montgomery's work catapulted NewTek from a garage startup to one of the most influential companies in video.

In 1987, Mr. Montgomery and his co-workers conceived a new kind of video production tool which Mr. Montgomery dubbed the Video Toaster. The Video Toaster is now widely credited with launching the desktop video industry and resulted in a Prime Time Emmy Award for Mr. Montgomery and the Toaster team in 1992.

In 1994 Mr. Montgomery left NewTek, and later that year founded Play Incorporated with partner Moore and a close-knit team of former co-workers. Together, Mr. Montgomery and Moore developed a unique corporate culture based on self-organizing teams and creatively nurturing environments.

This innovative leadership has made Play one of the most successful and highly-respected companies in the high-tech industry. In the 1996 book, "The Age of Videography," Mr. Montgomery was cited as one of the 25 most influential people in the history of video. Mr. Montgomery and Moore were named recently by Wired Magazine as two of the most influential people in the future of Hollywood.

This week Play will launch a memorial website dedicated to Mr. Montgomery where the millions of people he touched can gather to celebrate his life and achievements. The site will be reachable through a link on the Play Incorporated site. Photos and written memories may be emailed to: ThanksPaul@play.com or sent to: Thanks Paul, Play Incorporated, 2890 Kilgore Rd. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670-6133.

Play Incorporated was founded in 1994 by a team of well-known computer and video industry pioneers with the goal of bringing high-end video and graphics capabilities to PCs and the Internet.

Among its award-winning products are the Snappy Video Snapshot, the best-selling video peripheral in history, Trinity, which revolutionized TV production and graphics throughout the world, Gizmos 98, PC Magazine's 1998 Product of the Year and Electric Image, the low-cost 3D animation software used to create spectacular visual effects for the recently released Star Wars and Austin Powers films. For more information call 800/306-PLAY or visit www.play.com
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