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Backbone Entertainment Announces Death, Jr. Costume Line

Costumes available now for Halloween and party festivities

EMERYVILLE, CA - October 19, 2006 - Backbone Entertainment, a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment, today announced the official release of an original line of "Death, Jr." party costumes. Produced by Smiffy's, the leading manufacturer of party and Halloween products, the costumes are currently available for purchase exclusively at www.buycostumes.com.

"The popularity of the franchise and the dark-humored character styles make 'Death Jr.' perfectly suited for costumes, accessories and party products" said Mike Mika, Studio Head of Backbone Entertainment's Emeryville location. "We believe that Smiffy's has done a great job making these the must-have costumes for Halloween."

Just in time for Halloween, the "Death, Jr." costume line lets fans and party-goers finally dress up as their favorite "Death, Jr." characters. Adults can choose from a Death, Jr. or Grim Reaper costume, while teen sizes are available in Death, Jr., Pandora, and Smith and Weston outfits. Standard masks are available for all costumes except Pandora, whose wig and trademark black and purple tights can also be purchased separately. Currently, 100 limited edition Death, Jr. and Pandora masks have also been released.

The "Death, Jr." franchise is supported by a top-rated comic book series, and will soon include an upcoming manga series, as well as two new games individual to the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS systems. "Death, Jr. 2: The Root of Evil" for PSP is slated for release on Halloween.

The "Death, Jr." costume line is currently available exclusively at www.buycostumes.com. For more information, please visit www.smiffys.com.

About Backbone Entertainment

Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment ( www.F9E.com), the largest independent game developer in North America, Backbone specializes in developing original and licensed IP for all platforms and creating merchandising opportunities in diversified entertainment genres. Backbone is based in Emeryville, CA, Vancouver, BC, and Charlottetown, PEI, and can be found on the web at: www.backboneentertainment.com.

Backbone, along with The Collective, Shiny, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, and Digital Eclipse make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company's studios have developed more than 300 titles, including more than 40 in 2005 alone. Foundation 9 Entertainment employs more than 400 employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville, Vancouver, Boston, Eugene, and Charlottetown. For more information on Foundation 9 Entertainment, please visit: www.F9E.com.

About Smiffy's

Smiffy's is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of party products. With over 111 years' experience and 6,000 products, Smiffy's is the global brand leader for costumes, costume accessories, Halloween, wigs, gags, novelties, balloons and paperware. It has offices and showrooms worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Canada, UK, Dublin, Spain, Holland and Hong Kong.

Contact:

Nicole Tanner

Foundation 9 Entertainment

nicolet@f9e.com

Eric Gonzalez

Kohnke Communications

Phone: 415-777-4000

eric@kohnkecomm.com

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