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First-Ever Made for the Internet Movie Makes Jump to Television At NATPE


Posted 02-05-99

Business Wire
01-12-99
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Press release about Brilliant Digital Entertainment mentions Xena in passing as one of the subjects of their Multipath movies.

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Kaleidoscope Media To Distribute Gravity Angels(TM) - Two-Hour 3-D Animated
Science Fiction Thriller - From Brilliant(TM) Digital Entertainment
 
Brilliant Digital's Technology Allows for "First Run Reruns"
 
Kaleidoscope Media Group, Inc. (OTC BB: KMGG) has entered into an agreement with
Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc. (AMEX: BDE) for the distribution of
"Gravity Angels," the Internet's first full-length, 3-D digitally animated
movie, according to Henry Siegel, Kaleidoscope Media's CEO, and Kevin
Bermeister, president of Brilliant Digital.  The two-hour science fiction
thriller will be offered at NATPE for domestic and international distribution.
Home video rights are also available through KMG. Gravity Angels, which
presently is a available via Brilliant's web site
(http://www.multipathmovies.com) as an interactive, 3-D digital Multipath(TM)
Movie, represents the world's first ever Internet production to be offered for
sale to the broadcast and direct-to-video markets.  Brilliant Digital
Entertainment is the production studio responsible for creating Gravity Angels
and Multipath Movies, a new genre of interactive entertainment. Multipath Movies
are three dimensional, animated stories each with multiple user-influenced plot
alternatives that lead to a variety of distinct conclusions. Brilliant's
proprietary production technology is scaleable, allowing for the creation and
distribution of its entertainment products via Internet, CD-ROM, DVD, television
and home video. From a cost perspective, Brilliant can create products with
multiple 3-D output formats, both interactive and non-interactive, all for about
the same price as traditional 2-D animation. And because Brilliant's interactive
productions have multiple plot turns and twists, one episode can be exported
into a variety of broadcast versions, creating a number of unique "re-runs" for
each episode.   Henry Siegel commented, "In Gravity Angels Brilliant Digital has
demonstrated its ability to cost effectively produce top quality animated
entertainment that translates well into a variety of formats including
broadcast.  Further differentiating Brilliant from other animation producers is
its Multipath production architecture which enables the creation of multiple
versions of the same episode. This capability is particularly exciting for the
television syndication market because each episode can have a number of
different versions, increasing its shelf life and value in the re-run market."
"The ability to easily and cost effectively convert and sell Internet products
into the broadcast and home video world is made possible by our proprietary
animation software tools. Our tools allow us to create scalable animation in
one production process," said Brilliant's Kevin Bermeister. "This means we can
produce for the Internet and CD-ROM and then scale-up the output resolution for
direct-to-video, DVD and broadcast platforms. Importantly, we can reach all of
these end markets for less than it typically costs to produce one half-hour of
traditional cel animation for broadcast, and our tools also facilitate
international distribution as we can easily accomplish digital lip
synchronization for different languages." Gravity Angels is an original movie
created by Brilliant's own production team. It takes place in the year 2098 on
the moon Ganymede where six misfits of Earth's society have been banished for
twelve months. The only problem is that most people on Ganymede turn up dead.
Brilliant's Internet site currently offers sixteen Multipath Movie episodes
based on characters such as Xena, Ace Ventura and Popeye. These titles are also
available as CD-ROMS.
 
About Brilliant Digital Entertainment:
 
Brilliant Digital Entertainment (http://www.bde3d.com) has formed strategic
alliances with Packard Bell NEC, CompuServe, British Telecom, DVD EXPRESS and
Mediadome and to distribute its Multipath Movies over the Internet's World Wide
Web. Brilliant has signed content license agreements with DC Comics, Morgan
Creek Productions, King Features and Universal Studios, Kiss Digital and Bantam
Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers for the Choose Your Own Adventure series
of interactive books. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with
offices in Bondi Junction and Double Bay, Australia and Middlesex, England.
 
About Kaleidoscope Media Group:
 
Kaleidoscope Media Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated sports and
entertainment company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Its operating
companies are SeaGull Entertainment, Hollywood Connection, LLC (direct
marketing) and Kaleidoscope Entertainment (sports). Its current sports
properties include golf, ice skating, boxing and fitness.
 
Information about Forward Looking Statements
 
Statements in this news release that relate to future plans, financial results
or projections, events or performance are forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended. Actual results may differ
materially due to a variety of factors. The ability of the Company to
successfully sell Gravity Angels and linear versions of its other titles is
subject to risks and uncertainties including (i) the ability of the Company to
properly forecast market trends and consumer preferences, (ii) broadcaster and
consumer acceptance of the content of Gravity Angels and Brilliant's other
titles, (iii) the adverse affect of competition from traditional developers of
broadcast and home video content including major motion picture studios and
television production companies. Information about these and certain additional
factors is contained in the Company's most recently filed Form 10-KSB report and
10-QSB report and are available from Brilliant Digital Entertainment's Investor
Relations department and may be obtained by calling or writing to our investor
relations company, Jaffoni & Collins at 212-835-8500 or bde@jcir.com.

   CONTACT: Brilliant Digital Entertainment 
                        Kevin Bermeister, President 
                        Michael Ozen, Chief Financial Officer
                        818/615-1500 or info@bde3d.com 
                        or 
                        Jaffoni & Collins Incorporated 
                        David Collins 
                        212/835-8500 or bde@jcir.com 
                        
                       

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