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Activision and Dreamworks Sign Exclusive Publishing Deal

Activision, Inc. and DreamWorks SKG have entered into a strategic multi-year, multi-property publishing agreement that grants Activision the exclusive interactive rights to publish games based on DreamWorks' three upcoming CG-animated feature films: SHARKSLAYER, MADAGASCAR and OVER THE HEDGE. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision has acquired the rights to develop and publish games for the console, hand-held and PC platforms. The announcement follows Activision's agreement with TDK Mediactive to co-develop and co-publish games based on DreamWorks' upcoming theatrical sequel to SHREK. The first title under the agreement will be SHARKSLAYER, scheduled for theatrical release in fall 2004. In this comedy, the undersea underworld is shaken up when the son of the "Godfather" of all sharks gets killed, and an unwitting young fish named Oscar is found at the scene of the crime. The film is directed by Vicky Jenson (SHREK) and Eric "Bibo" Bergeron (THE ROAD TO EL DORADO), and is written by Michael J. Wilson (ICE AGE). The second title will be MADAGASCAR, a comedic adventure directed by Eric Darnell (ANTZ), followed by OVER THE HEDGE, directed by Tim Johnson (ANTZ, SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS). Both of these films are scheduled for release some time in 2005. Activision has stated that the company will work closely with the production teams at DreamWorks to deliver games that remain true to the films.