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Grant to Join Global Gaming League as CEO
Former Fox TV Studios President to Take Reigns of Fast-Growing Online Video Gaming Network
(Santa Monica, CA)
â€“ May 17, 2005 - GGL: Global Gaming League, a leader in organized competitive online and live video game tournaments and events, today announced that David Grant will join the company as its new Chief Executive Officer. Grant joins company co-founders Ted Owen, Chairman, and Brett Hawkins, President, as the company is poised for a new round of growth.
Grant, a longtime News Corp. veteran, founded Fox TV Studios/Regency Television in 1997, which went on to become one of the industryâ€™s most creative and successful TV studio operations, producing critically-acclaimed series such as â€œMalcolm in the Middleâ€, â€œThe Shieldâ€, â€œThe Bernie Mac Showâ€, â€œBiographyâ€, and a TV library of over 3,000 hours. During his 18-year News Corp. career, Mr. Grant held senior management positions in many cutting-edge areas of the television business, including Executive VP of FOX from 1990-1995. During this time, he was instrumental in the Networkâ€™s growth to a full-fledged member of the â€œBig 4,â€ its ground-breaking NFL deal, and the launch of the FX Network. Mr. Grant also worked on the launch of the UKâ€™s behemoth BSkyB satellite service in 1990 and served as COO of "Tele-TV," which was the Telco industry's first foray into digital interactive media (headed by SonyÂ® chief Howard Stringer).
â€œWith all that we have going on -- having just created the videogame tournament seen on last weekâ€™s â€œThe Apprenticeâ€, hosting the V-Sports All-Star Games at E3 2005, acquiring Europeâ€™s leading competitive video gaming website, closing sponsorships with the likes of Intel and NVIDIA, having Lazard, the worldâ€™s top investment bank, coming on board and the imminent unveiling of our new online game-launching technology -- we were able to attract a world-class media executive to put it all together,â€ said Owen. â€œThroughout his career, David has displayed an uncanny eye for finding and building â€˜the next big thing,â€™ and we are excited that he believes it is GGL.â€
â€œI knew something was happening as I watched my kids play video games with their friends on broadband. Its enormous potential struck me like a brick,â€ said Grant. â€œAs soon as I saw GGLâ€™s core of passionate pro gamers, technology wizards and independent credibility, I walked in the place and never looked back. We are going to bring our competitive online gaming network -- with media to match -- to a mass, worldwide audience in a big way.â€
GGL: Global Gaming League is a next-generation entertainment network and a worldwide leader in organized competitive online and live video game tournaments and events (V-Sports). GGL services its worldwide community of videogame enthusiasts via its state-of-the-art online gaming network, lead by its destination website GGL.com, its year-round live videogame events, and by providing a broad array of gaming-oriented services and content of deep interest to video gamers in the U.S. and abroad. Through these offerings, GGL creates an immersive entertainment experience for a rapidly growing community of connected gamers. For more information, visit www.ggl.com