FremantleMedia Enterprises and RealNetworks Announce Multi-Year Casual Games Licensing Agreement
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today from CTIA Wireless I.T. and Entertainment 2008, FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia and the Games Division of RealNetworks(R), Inc. announced a multi-year licensing agreement to develop MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD as an upcoming casual game title for online, PC, Mac and mobile platforms. Real will begin rolling out the game this fall, first for the mobile phone.
“Working with a cross-platform leader such as Real was an obvious choice when looking at how we wanted to take this leading game show property to the next level,” said Olivier Delfosse, senior manager of interactive, Americas, for FME. “We couldn’t be happier to be working together, bringing the program to loyal fans and new audiences, especially after such a successful summer series.”
Produced by FremantleMedia North America and hosted by Regis Philbin, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD premiered June 1st on CBS as the highest-rated new entertainment program on the network this season. The new primetime version of the classic game show garnered an average 10.6 million viewers each week and was recently renewed for Fall 2008.
“FremantleMedia North America has brought countless hit shows into living rooms around the world, and we’re thrilled to be working with them to bring their latest hit, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD to casual gamers,” said Matt Turetzky, vice president of content and non-PC platforms for RealNetworks’ Games Division. “Offering familiar, fun titles like this to consumers helps RealNetworks attract an ever-expanding audience of casual gamers wherever and whenever they’re playing.”
For more information on the mobile and PC game versions of MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD go to: http://www.realarcade.com/password . For more information on MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD the TV show go to: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/million_dollar_password/ .
RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers via PC, portable music player, home entertainment system and mobile phone. Real created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead the market with pioneering products and services, including: RealPlayer(R), the first mainstream media player to enable one-click downloading and recording of Internet video; the award-winning Rhapsody(R) digital music service, which delivers more than 1 billion songs per year; RealArcade(R), one of the largest casual games destinations on the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading wireless carriers around the world. RealNetworks’ corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com/company.
RealNetworks’ Games Division is one of the world’s largest developers, publishers and distributors of casual games. As a leading global publisher, Real offers expertise in games marketing and an expansive network of Web sites, global distribution and syndication partners. Real’s extensive library of fun, casual online games can be found at either http://www.realarcade.com/ or at http://www.gamehouse.com/.
RealNetworks, GameHouse, RealArcade, Rhapsody and RealPlayer are registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or its wholly owned subsidiary.
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES & FREMANTLEMEDIA
FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment. It is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is a subsidiary of RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is 90% owned by Bertelsmann AG, an integrated media and entertainment company that commands leading positions in the world’s media markets. For further information, visit http://www.fremantlemedia.com/.
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative television programs for network, cable and syndicated platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon “American Idol” (FOX), “American Idol Rewind” (syndicated), “American Idol Extra” (Fox Reality Channel), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “Farmer Wants A Wife” (The CW), “Can You Duet” (CMT), “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” (Oxygen), “Property Ladder” (TLC), “Family Feud” (syndicated), “Temptation” (syndicated), “Million Dollar Password” (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, “The Price Is Right” (CBS).
CONTACT: Tiffany Dunning of RealNetworks, +1-206-892-6733,firstname.lastname@example.org; Bailey Locke of SHIFT Communications for RealNetworks,+1-415-591-8457, email@example.com; or Laura Saunders of Lippin Group forFME, +44 (0) 20 3008 5407, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.realnetworks.com/