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Veteran TV Host Todd Newton Signs on as Emcee of GSN's Coverage of the 'WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES,' the First-Ever Casual Games Championship Awarding a $1 Million Grand Prize

FUN Technologies' WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES Features the World's Best Players of Solitaire, Zuma and Bejeweled 2 and Tapes Saturday, S

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran television host Todd Newton ("WHAMMY", "Game$how Marathon," "Made in the USA") will host the first-ever WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES (W3Games), a competition awarding a $1 million grand prize to the best casual game player in the world. The $1 million grand prize, to be presented by event sponsor, FUN Technologies, is the largest ever awarded in a casual online tournament or game. Produced by Base Camp Films, WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES will air as a one-hour prime time special on GSN, Sunday, December 3, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The event will be taped on Saturday, September 9, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

As host, Newton will call the action for the competition, in which 72 casual gamers, representing seven countries from around the world and 22 U.S. states, demonstrate their mastery of three of the most popular casual games: Bejeweled 2, Zuma, and Solitaire. After three rounds of competition and elimination, $1 million dollars will be awarded to the last player standing.

In addition to the casual games championship, the festivities on September 9 will include Emmy Award-winning Chuck Woolery, host of GSN's television LINGO series. Woolery will be the master of ceremonies for a special competition in which celebrities will play the online Lingo skill game, competing for their favorite charities.

Each participant in the WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES qualified through playing online tournaments at FUN Technologies' casual games sites, WorldWinner and SkillJam, or at any of FUN's partner sites including GSN.com, MSN Games, Real Networks and Virgin Games. Of the 72 players, ranging in age from 20 to 63, 58 are from the United States.

WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES is being executive produced by director/producer Brady Connell and producer Jim Jusko for Base Camp Films, which they co-own. Two-time Emmy winner Connell has played integral roles in such television projects as "Survivor," "Eco-Challenge" and "The Amazing Race."

WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES' taping on Saturday, September 9, is open to the public and to the 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 2000. Now reaching more than 60 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.

About FUN Technologies

FUN Technologies is one of the world's leading online and interactive casual games providers. FUN's strategy is to provide its cutting-edge gaming systems to top distribution partners around the world. FUN is 51% owned by Liberty Media Corporation and FUN's common shares are listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN".

About FUN Games

FUN Technologies' FUN Games division, comprised of its wholly owned subsidiaries SkillJam, WorldWinner and Octopi, develops and distributes casual games solutions with a focus on free play and cash competitions across online, mobile and iTV platforms. Its broad network of partner sites includes leading global brands, such as AOL Games, EA-Pogo, GSN, Lycos, MSN Games, Real Networks and Virgin Games. FUN Games hosts ten million tournaments and awards millions of dollars in prizes every month.

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CONTACT: Deborah McBride of GSN, +1-310-255-6938, [email protected]; or
Allison Rynak of FUN Technologies, +1-617-614-3734,
[email protected]

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

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