SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
BAM! Entertainment (Nasdaq: BFUN) has announced it has reached an agreement
with Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to publish video games
based on the highly rated animated series Samurai Jack. Samurai Jack is a
bold adventure show from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of the popular cartoon
Dexter's Laboratory. The first Samurai Jack game is scheduled for release in
Samurai Jack has received broad recognition for its innovative style that
combines stylized cartooning, minimal dialogue, split-screen visuals, rich
backgrounds and pulsating music. According to Cartoon Network, Samurai Jack
attracted 11.5 million different viewers to its premiere telecasts, and has
earned a 1.6 household rating since then, with strong tune-in from kids 6-11
and kids 9-14. Samurai Jack has also attracted an older audience, with
ratings among adults 18-34 having jumped 20% since the show's debut in August
of this year.
"BAM! has rapidly established itself as a company that knows how to extend
licensed content onto video game systems," said James Porges, Vice President
of Off-Channel Commerce for Cartoon Network. "Working with BAM! to bring our
animated properties to interactive media adds a very exciting and important
dynamic to our business."
"This agreement is another exciting step in what has been a successful
relationship between Warner Bros. Consumer Products and BAM! Entertainment,"
said Philippe Erwin, Vice President of Interactive Entertainment for Warner
Bros. Consumer Products. "Beginning with the success of games based on The
Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, our partnership with BAM! continues
to grow and we look forward to working with them on making Samurai Jack a huge
hit in the world of interactive entertainment."
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Cartoon Network and to
bring another of its premiere television shows to the gaming industry," said
Ray Musci, CEO of BAM! Entertainment. "Samurai Jack offers deeply rich
content and will be a great source of quality-driven games for our expanding
BAM! Entertainment entered into a strategic relationship with Cartoon
Network in 2000 to create video games based on the television shows, The
Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Yogi Bear. BAM! has recently
released titles such as The Powerpuff Girls: Mojo Jojo A-Go-Go(TM) on Game Boy
Advance, The Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-Traction(TM) for the PlayStation(R)
One and Nintendo(R) 64, and Dexter's Laboratory: Science Ain't Fair(TM) for
the personal computer.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network, currently seen in 78.7 million U.S. homes and
145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour,
ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment.
Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network also
showcases unique original ventures such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's
Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog(TM), Ed, Edd n Eddy(TM) and
other Cartoon Cartoons(TM). Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has
remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's
Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major
producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading
provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products is a division of Warner Bros., an AOL Time
Warner Company, and is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising
organizations in the world.
About BAM! Entertainment, Inc.
Founded in 1999 and based in San Jose, California, BAM! Entertainment,
Inc. is a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment
software in North America and Europe. The company develops, obtains, or
licenses properties from a wide variety of sources, including global
entertainment and media companies, and publishes software for video game
systems, wireless devices, and personal computers. The company's common stock
is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol BFUN. More information about
BAM! and its products can be found at the company's web site located at
This release contains statements that are "forward-looking statements"
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These statements are based on current estimates and projections about BAM!
Entertainment's business, which are derived in part on assumptions of its
management, and are not guarantees of BAM! Entertainment's future performance,
as such performance is difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and
results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such
forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, but
are not limited to those described in the final prospectus dated
November 14, 2001 relating to the initial public offering of BAM!
Entertainment, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission. Readers of the release are referred to this filing. BAM!
Entertainment does not intend to update any of these forward-looking
statements after the date of this release.
NOTE: BAM! Entertainment, BAM! and BAM!4 are trademarks of BAM!
Entertainment, Inc. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc. Nintendo GameCube is a trademark of Nintendo of America,
Inc. Microsoft and Xbox are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. Nintendo and Game Boy Advance are trademarks of
Nintendo. (C) 2001 Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their
SAMURAI JACK and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and
(C) Cartoon Network. (s02)
THE POWERPUFF GIRLS and all related characters and elements are trademarks
of and (C) Cartoon Network. (s02)
DEXTER'S LABORATORY and all related characters and elements are trademarks
of and (C) Cartoon Network. (s02)
YOGI BEAR and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and
(C) Hanna-Barbera. (s02)
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