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The Simpsons' Gracie Films Rides Shockwave has finalized an exclusive deal with Oscar and Emmy award-winning director, producer, screenwriter James L. Brooks' Gracie Films to create animated programming. Gracie Films and Brooks, whose credits include executive producer of THE SIMPSONS, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and TAXI, will hold complete artistic control over the characters and properties created for "We couldn't be more pleased about being in business with Gracie Films," said Rob Burgess, chairman of "Jim's creative talent and versatility has entertained so many of us for so long. It will be a great day for the Internet when programming from Gracie Films premieres." The new content should hit beginning Fall 2000. Brooks' feature film credits include: the Oscar winning Best Picture of 1983 TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, which he produced, wrote and directed; AS GOOD AS IT GETS, which he produced, wrote and directed; JERRY MAGUIRE, which he produced; BROADCAST NEWS, which he produced, wrote and directed; BIG, which he produced; WAR OF THE ROSES, which he produced; SAY ANYTHING, which he produced; BOTTLE ROCKET, which he produced; and STARTING OVER, which he produced and wrote. With all these outstanding credits, Brooks is sure to bring interesting content to

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