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Buena Vista Games Starts New Studio Nintendo Platforms

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Co. is forming a new videogame development studio called Fall Line Studio dedicated to creating innovative games for Nintendo platforms. Based in Salt Lake City, Fall Line Studios focus is to develop games based on Disneys characters, television shows and entertainment franchises, as well as creating new intellectual property for the Nintendo DS and Wii game systems.

Built around a core of industry veterans, the studio will focus on small-team, creative projects that leverage the Disney brand in new and innovative ways.

Fall Line Studio will operate as a sister studio to Buena Vista Games award-winning Avalanche Software studio, also in Salt Lake City, enabling it to reach the strong pool of creative talent in the region.

Industry veteran Scott Novis is vp/gm for Fall Line Studio. Prior to this position, Novis was gm of Rainbow Studios, where he grew the staff from 30 to more than 200 employees.

This studio will be one of our centers of creative excellence and it gives us the ability to fully capitalize on our properties and expand our market share on Nintendo platforms, said Graham Hopper, vp/gm of Buena Vista Games. Scott Novis brings the perfect mix of team building and relevant business experience to the position of studio head for Fall Line Studio.

BVG is the No. 3 publisher of Game Boy Advance titles in North America. The strength of the companys famous characters, Disney Channel properties and entertainment intellectual properties provide Buena Vista Games with a deep catalog of content.

Fall Line Studio is the newest addition to Buena Vista Games family of studios, which also includes Propaganda Games in Vancouver; Avalanche Software in Salt Lake City; and Climax Racing in Brighton, England.

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Co. BVG develops, publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market.