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Mainframe Entertainment and MTV To Develop Gatecrasher Animated Series

(July 19, 2001)
Mainframe Entertainment, Inc., creators of the ReBoot computer animated cartoon serieand MTV have announced they will jointly develop the sci-fi comic series "Gatecrasher" for television.
The agreement calls for Mainframe Entertainment to design and create a computer animated half hour series for the youth market from the popular comic book series.

"Gatecrasher" is designed and written by the team of Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor and Mark Waid and is produced in association with Black Bull Entertainment.

Dan DiDio, Mainframe Entertainment senior VP of creative affairs said, "I've watched Gatecrasher grow from concept to comic, and am looking forward to seeing it evolve into a quality sci-fi animated series. We are very excited about the opportunity to develop the show with MTV and have very high hopes for its future."

"At MTV, our goal is to push the envelope of animation with new technology and formats," said Abby Terkuhle, President, MTV Animation. "Mainframe Entertainment is an industry leader in cutting edge computer animation and we are very happy about this new relationship."

Gatecrasher is the story of Alec Wagner, a college student who is half-human, half alien and a full time member of the Split-Second Squad, a secret alien army that protects Earth from alien attacks through interdimensional "gates". Using its liquid supercomputer ThinkTank, the squad was able to locate these gates before damage could be done -- until it was destroyed and its contents splashed all over Alec's body. Although the youngest and least experienced of the team, Alec is the only Squadder with the power to sense when and where the invaders will strike, so he is always on call.

Mainframe Entertainment Inc. is the world's preeminent producer of computer animation, and is expanding into long-form CGI for feature films and interactive entertainment. The company is best known as the pioneer of computer animated television series with the groundbreaking series ReBoot*. Mainframe has produced over 230 hours of computer animation. Since 1994 the company has had six computer animated television series on air in the North American market and is currently in production on "Max Steel", "Barbie and The Nutcracker" (a direct to video feature), two original "ReBoot" TV movies and recently produced 40 half-hours of the all-new Heavy Gear* television series. Additionally, the studio is in production on a large-format stereoscopic feature film based on Gulliver's Travels for release in IMAX 3D theatres. Founded in 1993, the company employs over 360 artists, animators, technicians and production personnel, and has won many prestigious awards for its creative and technical innovations, including an induction into the Smithsonian Institute.

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