Paramount Digital Entertainment Partners With Gaumont To Produce ‘Section 8,’ a New Interactive Thriller

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Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE), part of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), and Gaumont, one of Europe’s largest film production and distribution companies, announces the development of “Section 8,” an interactive Web series exclusively distributed in the U.S. by MySpace, the world’s premier social portal.

Endemol, a global leader in entertainment programming, will handle worldwide distribution, product integration and brand partnerships.

Following the highly successful digital release of Jackass 2.5, the first studio-backed feature film to be offered online, comes “Section 8,” an interactive short-form serial thriller set to introduce online audiences to an online entertainment experience that engages them in character and plot development never-before-seen on the Web.

Featuring an ill-fated cast of characters, the supernatural thriller will take audiences through a spine-tingling journey as personal dramas are revealed. Throughout the short-form series, each character will face a moment of jeopardy, leaving only one survivor. In a unique new media twist, audiences are invited to guess the solution to the cryptic back-story using customized interactive experiences situated in and around the series. When collected together, the series will be redistributed as a full-length feature.

MySpace will be the exclusive hub for “Section 8,” allowing its audience in the U.S. the opportunity to view, share and uniquely interact with this high quality thriller. In addition to finding character descriptions, episode discussions and behind-the-scenes content, users will be able to embed each episode on their MySpace profile pages.

“PDE is continuing its commitment to developing high quality original content for Web audiences,” says Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “For ‘Section 8,’ Paramount has partnered with top producers and distributors to develop a compelling interactive story on a unique platform that will engage audiences like never before.”

“Our partnership with PDE is an important next step in Gaumont’s production strategies,” says Christophe Riandee, CEO of Gaumont. “We are constantly looking for new platforms to deliver quality content to a global audience.”

“Section 8” uniquely creates opportunities for brands to become deeply integrated into the story. Leveraging the interactive quality of mobile and online entertainment allows users to participate in a compelling exploration of the content through customized marketing experiences.

“‘Section 8’ sets a new standard of theatrical quality for an online production. The innovation and creativity that has been invested in the project will make this a unique opportunity for our digital and brand partners,” says Adam Valkin Global Head of Digital at Endemol.

About Paramount Digital Entertainment

Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices, videogames, virtual worlds and emerging technologies.

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA)(NYSE: VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

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