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Decipher Expands Star Trek Licence

Press Release

Decipher's Star Trek Universe Expands To Include Role Playing, Miniatures, And More

Decipher Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia, maker of the acclaimed Star Trek[TM] customizable card game, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Viacom Consumer Products, the licensing division of Paramount Pictures, to expand Decipher's Star Trek license to include role playing games, miniatures, miniature games and customizable disk strategy games.

Under the terms of the agreement, Decipher's exclusive rights will begin January 1, 2001 for the United States and Canada, and July 1, 2001 worldwide. Some of the additional product category rights will be subject to the expiration of existing agreements.

In making the announcement, Decipher Chairman and CEO Warren Holland said, "We are very proud that Viacom Consumer Products chose to grant Decipher the rights to these additional categories. We have a wealth of talent, image resources, and passion for Star Trek. The plan is to bring our state-of-the-art computer graphics systems and innovative game designs to bear on the creative opportunities afforded by these new categories. We look forward to building upon the successful relationship we have had with Viacom Consumer Products and the Star Trek franchise since 1992."

"Based on the synergies between these product categories, we are certain that this is a great strategic move for our business and for the fans of Star Trek," said Terri Helton, Senior Vice President of Viacom Consumer Products. "We feel that Decipher's commitment and enthusiasm for Star Trek will be essential components for their success in the new expanded product mix."

As is the case for Decipher's pre-existing rights to customizable card games and digital versions of the card games, the company will be allowed to develop and market these new games based on all current live-action properties in the Star Trek universe. This includes Star Trek[TM] the original series, Star Trek: The Next Generation[TM], Star Trek: Deep Space Nine[TM], Star Trek: Voyager[TM], and all nine motion pictures.

contact: Jonathan Quesenberry
Public Relations Manager
August 12, 2000

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