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ROD ABERNETHY AND JASON GRAVES SCORE BIG WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR
STAR TREK: LEGACY, STAR TREK: TACTICAL ASSAULT & STAR TREK: ENCOUNTERS

AWARD-WINNING COMPOSERS WRITE EPIC SCI-FI ORCHESTRAL MUSIC FOR UPCOMING
BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO GAMES TO COINCIDE WITH 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR TREK

Rockville, Maryland – September 29, 2006 – Bethesda Softworks® and Rednote Audio today proudly announce that veteran video game and film/TV composers Rod Abernethy and Jason Graves (Blazing Angels, The Hobbit) have created the original sci-fi orchestral scores for Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming titles STAR TREK: Legacy™ (Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows), STAR TREK: Tactical Assault™ (PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Nintendo DS™ ) and STAR TREK®: Encounters (PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system). All three titles are scheduled to launch this fall under license from CBS Consumer Products. The STAR TREK franchise, which debuted with the Original Series in 1966, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this fall.

Rod Abernethy and Jason Graves have produced 60-minutes of classic symphonic style music for the highly anticipated next-generation STAR TREK video game, STAR TREK: Legacy, the first ever project to feature all five actors who portrayed the STAR TREK series captains. Developed under the direction and supervision of Bethesda Softworks at the studios of Mad Doc Software, Rednote’s score for Legacy fully captures the grand-scale feel and spirit of the STAR TREK universe.

Parker A. Davis, Legacy Producer at Mad Doc Software, says, “Mad Doc was fortunate enough to recruit the musical talents of Rod Abernethy and Jason Graves to score a completely original soundtrack for Legacy. We’re crafting a game that marries the cinematic appeal of STAR TREK and intensity of starship combat, and Rod and Jason captured that beautifully in their score. We’re thrilled with the results and believe gamers and fans of the series will agree it's very ‘Star Trek’ - very science fiction.”

STAR TREK: Legacy is an epic game of Starfleet combat spanning the entire STAR TREK Universe, featuring all the ships from every episode, every film. Players become the Admiral of a task force of warships and must lead their fleet to victory in large-scale battles complete with stunning visuals and special effects.

STAR TREK: Tactical Assault is a real-time spaceship combat game for 1 or 2 players, featuring a wide array of authentic Star Trek races, ships, and weaponry from the universe of the original Star Trek series. Players take command of powerful Federation and Klingon warships and must outthink and out duel their opponents in order to succeed. Play through either the Federation or Klingon campaigns in single-player mode or go head-to-head against a friend in wireless multiplayer action.

STAR TREK: Encounters is a shoot ‘em-up arcade style space combat game featuring ships, characters, and weapons from 40 years of Star Trek. Take command of your starship and blast through the universe, defending your vessel and demolishing your opponents’ in fast action battles.

For more information on these titles, please visit the official web site at http://startrek.bethsoft.com.

About Bethesda Softworks®
Headquartered in Rockville, MD, Bethesda Softworks LLC, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc., is a premier developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with The Elder Scrolls® IV: Oblivion™ and the 2002 PC and Xbox® Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrrowind®. Among Bethesda’s more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls® series and Fallout®, as well as its licensed properties, Pirates of the Caribbean™ and Star Trek®. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

About Rednote Audio
Renowned for their cinematic and prolific orchestral music on action/adventure video game titles such as Blazing Angels, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, Zathura, King Arthur and The Hobbit (“Soundtrack of the Year” – 2004 Game Audio Network Guild Awards), Rednote Audio also creates award-winning music for film and television. Rod Abernethy’s work in video games began by collaborating with veteran film composer Elmer Bernstein on the video game "Wild Wild West, The Steel Assassin.” Since 1998, Rod has created award-winning scores for over forty video games. Early in his career, Rod recorded and collaborated with many well-known producers including legendary Paul Rothchild (the Doors, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt) and David Lord (Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Tears For Fears, The Pretenders). Working in many major studios in the U.S. and U.K., Rod has recorded for Warner Bros., Elektra, Atlantic, and MCA Records. Jason Graves has studied with film composers Elmer Bernstein and Christopher Young, as well as Hollywood orchestrators Jack Smalley and Will Schaefer. He has composed and conducted for the Hollywood Studio Orchestra at Capitol Records and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, as well as the Northwest Sinfonia in Seattle. In addition to film scores, national commercials and trailer music, Jason has more than ninety television shows to his credit including three Telly's, an Addy, nine Silver Reels, a Gold Case Award, and a Cable A.C.E. Award. Jason also won 2nd Prize in Turner Classic Movies’ 2005 Young Film Composer Competition, of which there were more than 500 entries.

Rod Abernethy and Jason Graves are represented by Bob Rice of Four Bars Intertainment. For more information visit www.rednoteaudio.com

About Mad Doc® Software, LLC
Mad Doc® Software, LLC (www.maddocsoftware.com) consists of game industry veterans with experience in every aspect of game development. An emerging force in the industry, Mad Doc was founded in 1999 by Dr. Ian Davis with the goal of developing AAA titles that expand the game playing experience and broaden the market through creative use of new Networking, Graphics, and AI technologies, Massachusetts-based Mad Doc team members are responsible for over ten million units in the game market worldwide, earning the acclaim of players, critics, and publishers alike. Copyright 2005 Mad Doc® Software, LLC. All rights reserved. MadAI is a trademark of Mad Doc® Software, LLC. All rights reserved.

About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Enterprises, manages the worldwide licensing, merchandising and video activities for a diverse slate of properties owned or controlled by the CBS Corporation. Additional information is available by visiting www.CBS.com.

STAR TREK: Legacy™/STAR TREK: Tactical Assault™; STAR TREK®: Encounters. © 2006 Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company. ™, ® & © 2006 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. CBS, the CBS EYE logo, and related marks are trademarks of CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. ® & © 2006 Paramount Pictures. STAR TREK: Legacy developed in association with Mad Doc Software, LLC. STAR TREK: Tactical Assault developed in association with Quicksilver Software. STAR TREK: Encounters developed in association with 4J Studios Ltd. Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Microsoft, Xbox, the Xbox logo, Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 logo, Xbox Live, and the Xbox Live logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or in other countries and are used under license from owner. Nintendo, Nintendo DS and the Official Seal are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2004 Nintendo. “PlayStation”, “PS” Family logo and “PSP” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately). Certain limitations apply to Wi-Fi compatible connectivity. See manual for details. Player responsible for Wi-Fi compatible fees. All Rights Reserved. Other product and company names referenced herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

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