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Monday March 13, 3:00 am Eastern Time
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TEAM Entertainment, Germany --
Gmbh -- Acquires U.S. Format Rights
for Long-Running European Hit
Series, "Tutti Frutti"
Series Marks Company's First Agreement with ReteItalia; TEAM Plans U.S.
Launch for Fall 2000
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 2000-- TEAM Entertainment, Germany
(GmbH), the Munich-based production and distribution arm of TEAM Communications Group, Inc.
(NASDAQ: TMTV - news; Neuer Markt: TME), has secured the U.S. rights to produce and
distribute a new format of ``Tutti Frutti'' for the U.S. audience, based upon the long-standing sexy
European series, it was announced today by Drew S. Levin, TEAM Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer. The format rights were acquired from RTI, Italy's leading independent
network, and its acquisition continues to underscore TEAM's commitment to produce successful
game and comedy programming for a worldwide audience.
``TEAM Entertainment, Germany has pulled off a major coup in acquiring this long-running
franchise,'' said Levin. ``Given the success that ''Tutti Frutti`` achieved with young audiences
throughout its long European run, we are very optimistic that ''Tutti Frutti,`` in its new form will
captivate a new audience in the U.S. and around the world,'' Levin added.
``Tutti Frutti,'' which has been a rating success in Italy, Germany and Spain, is best described as a
``battle of the sexes'' late night game show strip that is provocative, outrageously fun and deliciously
naughty. TEAM's U.S. version promises to be even more titillating than its predecessors.
Host-driven, ``Tutti Frutti'' features three female and male contestants who face off (and ultimately
take it off) in each episode in a battle for gender supremacy. The set is a hip nightclub with a
``party-hardy'' atmosphere and it is here, among the ``Tutti Frutti'' dancers and the gorgeous ``take
it off'' models, that the contestants face multiple romping rounds of Vegas type games and rotating
party challenges to score points - the object being to score enough points to undress the opposing
team members down to their sexiest swimwear. ``Tutti Frutti'' joins TEAM's game show slate
sharing company with ``So You Think You're Funny,'' hosted by Paul Rodriguez and co-produced
in the U.S. with Pearson Television. ``Tutti Frutti,'' which is being packaged by CAA's Michael
Camacho, will be introduced at this year's MIP TV and offered in the U.S. in the next 30 days.
TEAM Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMTV - news) is a leading production and
distribution company specializing in family, action, adventure and reality-based programming for
worldwide distribution. TEAM Communications Group currently owns and distributes over 3,000
hours of programming worldwide. The Company also produces a wide variety of programming for
leading U.S. and international broadcasters. TEAM's current co-productions include: ``Total Recall:
2070'' with Alliance Atlantis, Canada and Pro Sieben, Germany; Jack London's ``Call of the Wild,''
an original dramatic series co-production for Discovery's Animal Planet; Germany's 13-part
dramatic series ``Africa Quest'' for ZDF network, ``World's Most Mysterious Places'' and
``Destination: Style'' for Discovery's Travel Channel; ``Wild Lifestyles'' for Animal Planet and`` So
You Think You're Funny,'' with Pearson Television.
TEAM maintains offices in Los Angeles, London and Munich and its shares trade on NASDAQ
(TMTV), and on the German Neuer Markt (TME).
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a ``safe harbor'' for forward-looking
statements. Certain information included in this news release (as well as information included in oral
statements or other written statements made or to be made by TEAM Communications Group, Inc.)
contains statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to consummation of the
transaction, anticipated future revenues of the companies and success of current product offerings.
Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly
affect anticipated results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ materially from those
expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of TEAM Communications
Group, Inc. For a description of additional risks and uncertainties, please refer to TEAM
Communications Group, Inc. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms
10-K and 10-Q.
TEAM Communications Group, Inc., Los Angeles
Drew S. Levin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
TEAM Dandelion, Ltd., London
Noel Cronin, Managing Director
TEAM Entertainment Germany, Munich
Stephan Forstner, Managing Director
U.S. Investor Relations:
Investor Relations Services, Inc., New Smyrna Beach, FL
Ray Hutchison, 904/409-0200
U.K. Investor Relations:
Value Management & Research, Ltd., Frankfurt
Mr. Albert Schander, Director, Corporate Finance
Morris Marketing, Inc., Toluca Lake, CA
Sheila Morris, President, 818/487-9300
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