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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO - SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc., is pleased to announce that its multimedia project Ice Planet, a new sci-fi television series and video game enterprise, starring Michael Ironside, has been awarded a Production Grant by the Bell Fund, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. Mark Terry, VP of Production for SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc., and Ice Planet's Brand Manager is pleased with the Fund's decision. "We're excited that the Bell Fund has approved this unique project," he said. "This is the first time a mobile game and television series will be co-launched and we're proud to have the Bell Fund and Silverbirch Studios on board for this industry initiative." Andra Sheffer, Executive Director of Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, said she found the project to be very exciting. "SpaceWorks is a very successful production company working with an equally successful mobile game developer in Silverbirch," she said. "The mobile game component in particular is very exciting because of its ability to port to multiple devices and languages." SpaceWorks and SilverBirch will begin production shortly with a game release date to coincide with the broadcast of the first episode of Ice Planet, the television series, later this year. "This is an important milestone for SilverBirch and certainly a strong endorsement of our Ice Planet game initiatives", said SilverBirch CEO Kevin Birch. "Having the Bell Fund finance nearly seventy five percent of our project costs further ensures that this game will be up to our expected standards of quality and innovation, with the greatest worldwide market penetration possible." The game will incorporate characters and storylines from the television series allowing for enhanced play to fans of the series. The series is being distributed by CHUM International and will be premiered in Canada on Space: The Imagination Station and in the UK on the Sci-Fi Channel. The mobile game will be available for download from the Internet as well as from mobile device carriers. "All of our projects from here on will feature this cross-platform, multimedia strategy," said SpaceWorks VP of Business Affairs Demerise Lafleur. "It is clearly the way of the future in entertainment and we're proud to be the trailblazers for it." Ice Planet is a Canada-Germany treaty co-production and a SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. (a D'or, Jackson and Rapovski Company, Canada) and Circles & Lines GmbH (a Hey and Winnenbrock company, Germany) co-production. The producers are G. Philip Jackson, Daniel D'or and Paul Rapovski (Canada) and Frank Winnenbrock and Hendrik Hey (Germany). Produced in association with CHUM Television. NOTES TO EDITORS: About SpaceWorks Entertainment: SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian creative studio with depth in international coproduction and independent film and television financing. Since 1993, the creative team of Daniel D'or and G. Philip Jackson has been critically and commercially acclaimed for its diverse production and sales track record in television series and feature film production. Market-sensitive originality in content and style is at the core of the SpaceWorks approach. Under the D'or / Jackson leadership, the SpaceWorks team has produced more than 20 feature and series titles. In 2002 they were joined by partner Paul Rapovski, bringing further depth in production and greatly increased capacity in Pacific Rim markets to SpaceWorks. About SilverBirch Studios: Toronto-based SilverBirch, through its SilverBirch Studios subsidiary, is a publisher, distributor and developer of wireless entertainment applications including games, ringtones, images and other content. SilverBirch's application portfolio is comprised of both original and licensed intellectual properties. After releasing the hugely successful Warner Brothers movieto-game Constantine, the team at Silverbirch has just completed production on the muchanticipated Superman mobile game. About Bell Fund: The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce outstanding television content complemented and enhanced by innovative, interactive content designed for digital delivery. These new media projects reflect state-of-the-art technology and are helping traditional television producers and broadcasters to discover the value added benefits of a web presence. About CHUM International: CHUM International ( www.chumtv.com/international) is the development and distribution arm of CHUM Limited, one of Canada's leading media companies and content providers. CHUM International distributes CHUM-owned and independent multi-platform programming worldwide and develops international licensing arrangements for CHUM's original channel formats. About SCI FI Channel (UK): Reaching over 3 million people each week, SCI FI features a continuous stream of cinematic hits, British TV premiere series and special events, bringing viewers the best content from the worlds of the fantasy, paranormal and horror programming. SCI FI is a channel service of NBC Universal Global Networks, a division of NBC Universal. About NBC Universal Global Networks: NBC Universal Global Networks operates 11 entertainment television channels throughout Europe and Latin America under four distinctive channel brands: SCI FI (science fiction), 13th Street (action and suspense), Studio Universal (24-hour movies), and Universal Channel (crime and investigation). In addition to these channels, which have become leading pay services in their individual markets, NBC Universal Global Networks recently launched in Germany Das Vierte, the company's first free-TV channel outside the United States. Collectively, these networks reach over 70 million households across 40 countries. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Mark Terry VP, Production, SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. and Brand Manager, Ice Planet Tel: 416-465-5855 ext. 223 Email: mark@spaceworks.tv
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