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Machinima To Distribute Adrenaline-Fueled Series About Black Market Car Theft

Los Angeles, CA (July 1, 2013) – Paramount’s Insurge Pictures and Machinima today announced a partnership on a brand new web series “CHOP SHOP”.  Created by Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (“MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY”), and produced by the Bandito Brothers (“ACT OF VALOR”), former Red Wagon Exec Josh Weinstock, and Elliott Lester (“BLITZ”), ‘”CHOP SHOP” is an epic, edge-of-your-seat action series that explores the world of underground black market car theft.

Directed by Elliott Lester, “CHOP SHOP” is packed with intense heists and white-knuckled car chases, based in the gritty streets of Los Angeles.  It follows the story of two professional car thieves who find their close friendship tested, and their loyalties pushed to the limit when one ultimately betrays the other.

Machinima will be the exclusive distributor of the Paramount Insurge series through their cross platform networks including YouTube, Mobile (iPhone, Android, etc), and Xbox app, amongst others.

"Machinima is a true leader in the next generation of video entertainment, and we are thrilled to partner with them on ‘CHOP SHOP’”, said Amy Powell, President of Insurge Pictures . “Our enormously talented creative team has come up with an exciting new digital series which thanks to Machinima’s incredible reach, will be available across a wide variety of platforms for the audience to sit back and enjoy wherever they may be.”

“As Machinima continues to break new ground in content development, creation, and distribution, this partnership is a testament of our ongoing pursuit to deliver our fans exactly what they want,” said Aaron DeBevoise, EVP of Network Programming at Machinima.”Insurge has outdone itself with “CHOP SHOP”. Machinima has some really creative plans for introducing this series to our audience, prepare to be blown away.”

“CHOP SHOP” will debut early 2014.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Machinima

Machinima is the dominant video entertainment network for young males around the world. One of the top entertainment networks on YouTube, Machinima serves over 2 billion video views per month, and reaches over 210 million viewers monthly. The network features scripted series, original content, weekly and daily shows, official publisher content, and gameplay videos, all aimed at the coveted 18-34 year old male demographic. The company is backed by MK Capital, and Redpoint Ventures, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

About Bandito Brothers

Bandito Brothers is a full service media company that creates, produces, manages and distributes authentic and immersive audio-visual content.  Bringing together world-class filmmakers, athletes, and technologists in its state of the art facility situated on a square acre in the heart of Los Angeles, Bandito Brothers strives to redefine the studio of the future.

Recent film projects include: ACT OF VALOR, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism, that Relativity Media released #1 at the box office on February 24, 2012; WAITING FOR LIGHTENING, a documentary about the extraordinary life of skateboard legend Danny Way that Samuel Goldwyn Films released on December 7, 2012; and the action film NEED FOR SPEED, based on the popular video game, that DreamWorks is releasing on March 14, 2014.