TBS to Launch GameTap Entertainment

Posted on September 30, 2005

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time-Warner Company, has announced the launch of GameTap Entertainment, a new service covering the world of gaming. GameTap launches with the development of a behind-the- scenes documentary for Ubisoft's upcomingvideo game title: Myst V: End of Ages. The documentary, which will be packaged with the Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition disk as a bonus DVD, will explore the story behind Ubisoft's bestselling Myst franchise and focus on the creation of its final adventure.

"Gamers are like the toughest film fanatics: they want more than a technical look at the making of a game. They want to see the compelling story behind its creators, the challenges and triumphs of the creative process," said Michael Watchulonis, Executive Producer for GameTap Entertainment. "We at Turner have learned a lot over the years by producing signature original programming for CNN and Cartoon Network and are excited to apply these skills to the gaming industry - specifically an innovative, breathtaking and cinematic game like Myst V: End of Ages."

In addition to the Ubisoft project, GameTap Entertainment is producing magazine, reality, and lifestyle shows, interviews with the who's who of gaming, celebrity features, and game trailers for the GameTap service. Delivered via streaming video, Turner says the programming will cover games in the same way that Cartoon Network celebrates animation and TNT celebrates drama. Some of the coverage sounds similar to programs found on G4TV, another network that covers video games and gaming.