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Shockwave.com in Deal With James L. Brooks

March 20, 2000|GREG MILLER

Internet entertainment firm Shockwave.com said it has completed a deal in which producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks will create a series of short animations for the fledgling Web site.

San Francisco-based Shockwave, launched last year by software company Macromedia Inc., said the content will be created by Brooks' Gracie Films company. Brooks, who will receive equity in Shockwave as part of the deal, is best known as executive producer of "The Simpsons" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

In a separate deal, Shockwave said it will begin offering Internet radio services through a partnership with MTVi, the online unit of Viacom's MTV networks.

Shockwave is one of several dozen sites competing to become entertainment destinations for Internet users. Shockwave previously announced exclusive content deals with film director Tim Burton and with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the cartoon "South Park."

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