Warners inks more Webisodes

Kiss, 'Xena' to make online debuts

Time Warner has ordered an additional 15 3-D animated Webisodes of “Superman” from Brilliant Digital Entertainment to air on Entertaindom.com.

The site, overseen by Warner Bros. Online and Time Warner Digital Media, has also ordered two additional series: one starring rock band Kiss and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” which Brilliant has already been producing for its own Web site. Webisodes are expected to bow in the first half of 2000.

The initial run of up to eight-minute 3-D animated episodes of “Superman” premiered when Entertaindom launched in November. The new order extends the first season of “Superman” on Entertaindom to a full 30 Webisode commitment.

Besides distribbing the animated adaptation of U’s “Xena,” Entertaindom has ordered eight Webisodes of “Kiss Immortals,” which will use original Kiss music and voices. Series is being produced in conjunction with the band’s 2000 Kiss-Immortals concert tour.

For Brilliant, the orders guarantee a bigger audience for its shows that Warners hopes will reach the millions in the next few months. Eyeballs will position Brilliant to venture into the e-commerce space more than it has been.

All of Brilliant Digital’s shows will air in a yet-to-launch “Multipath Movie Channel” on Entertaindom. The channel will eventually stream at least five series produced by Brilliant Digital.

The Brilliant Digital Multipath Movies feature full screen, full motion, real-time 3-D interactive animation produced using Brilliant Digital’s B3D Studio tool set and Internet player.

“When we saw the quality of the animation Brilliant Digital delivered on ‘Superman’ and the show’s popularity on our site, we realized that a new technology and storytelling benchmark had been established on the Internet,” said Jim Moloshok, CEO of Entertaindom. “As a result of marketplace feedback, we are increasing our commitment to our own ‘Superman’ series and giving increased distribution and promotion to the BDE-produced Kiss and ‘Xena’ Internet series.”

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