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GSN Signs a Three-Series Commitment Deal with Award-Winning Producer Michael Davies and Sony Pictures Television

[via press release from GSN]

GSN Signs a Three-Series Commitment Deal With Award-Winning Producer Michael Davies and Sony Pictures Television

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 13 -- GSN, the network for games, has signed a three-series commitment deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for Michael Davies, executive producer of WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, to develop game-related product for the 58 million home network. The announcement was made today by Rich Cronin, President and CEO, GSN, at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour.

The deal includes a first look at cable game shows developed by Davies under the three-year agreement he and his company, Embassy Row, recently signed with SPT. GSN sees Davies as a source of many types of competition-related programs and anticipates its first production by year end.

"We are thrilled to begin an association with Michael Davies, who is one of the top creative minds in TV games," said Cronin. "His mega-hit game show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE continues to be one of GSN's most popular series, and we are eager to work with SPT and Michael on the next generation of interactive game and reality programs."

"The entire team at Embassy Row has been energized for months at the prospect of securing a deal at GSN," said Davies on making the announcement. "We are enormous fans of the channel and we are very much looking forward to creating dynamic and innovative new concepts that will appeal to their passionate audience."

Davies remains Executive Producer of ABC's "Wife Swap" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," now in its fourth year of first run syndication. Over the last 12 months, Davies's New York-based company, Embassy Row, has significantly increased its production output in its core game and reality businesses with multiple UK based partners. In 2006, powered by the new deals with Sony and GSN, Davies expects to rapidly expand Embassy Row's core business and extend the company's expertise into sports, comedy, documentaries and new media.

About GSN

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN has allowed viewers to play-along with on-air programming via their computers and GSN.com since 2002. Reaching more than 58 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

Web Site: http://www.gsn.com

  [january 2006]  


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