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New York, September 28 (PRN) - King World International has acquired the exclusive international format rights to a large catalogue of successful television game shows from Merrill Heatter Productions, Inc., it was announced today by Fred Cohen, President, King World International, and Merrill Heatter, the production company founder. Heatter, a four-time Emmy winner, created the original Hollywood Squares and hundreds of hours of hit game shows for network and syndicated television.

King World International will represent worldwide, outside North America, the Heatter-owned classic game show formats as well as new ones, including: Ambush, Lucky Numbers, The Last Word, Battlestars, Hollywood Teasers, All Star Blitz, Big Spenders, Bargain Hunters, Sign Language, Malcolm, Take it Off, Dilemma, Bedroom Fantasies, Spin and Pinball Fantasy. King World International has extensive international game show format experience, licensing local versions of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Hollywood Squares around the world.

"We are honored that Merrill has selected King World International to represent his formats overseas," commented Cohen. "Most of these formats, both classic and new, have never been seen outside the U.S. and will help to meet the growing overseas demand for quality TV game shows with strong demographic appeal."

Heatter said, "King World is an outstanding company. As a producer, I have always been impressed with their sales ability, and their global strategy of providing their licensees with continuing production, marketing and promotion support. They are real pros."

King World International will introduce the newly acquired catalogue at the MIPCOM television market in Cannes, October 4th through 8th, 1999. Mr. Heatter will attend the market as well.

King World is the leading worldwide distributor of first-run programming, including the two highest-rated, first-run strips in syndication, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, both produced by Columbia TriStar Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, produced by Harpo Productions, Inc. The Company also produces and distributes television's highest-rated syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition, as well as co-produces and distributes Hollywood Squares, The Roseanne Show and The Martin Short Show. King World also distributes a library of feature films and television programs and the Mr. Food insert. The Company's barter subsidiary, King World Media Sales, sells national advertising time in King World and other TV programming. Another subsidiary, King World Direct, is a worldwide, full-service, direct marketing company.

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