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'Green Grids' to make major telecast debut on TNT

"Green Grids" is a new TV enhancement that will provide animation overlay indicating dips and ridges on the greens at Whistling Straits while incorporating animated arrows that will reveal the roll of the ball, providing viewers with a first-hand look at the true contour, undulation and slope of the greens.

By PGA.com News Services

TNT and Turner Sports will utilize enhanced graphics, including Sportvision Inc.'s Virtual Caddy System, during TNT's 17 hour-coverage of the 86th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Highlighting the graphic effects will be the major golf championship debut of "Green Grids," a new enhancement that will provide green animation overlay, for holes Nos. 3 and 12, indicating dips and ridges on the greens while incorporating animated arrows that will reveal the roll of the ball.

These effects will enable TNT announcers to creatively detail the greens, providing viewers with a first-hand look at the true contour, undulation and slope of the greens.

"We are excited about utilizing these innovative new graphics during our extensive coverage of the 2004 PGA Championship," said Lenny Daniels, senior vice president/coordinating director of Turner Sports. "These new technological elements, coupled with TNT's top-notch talent line-up, will help capture the drama and unique twists and turns of the Championship for our viewers."

"Green Grids not only enable the analysts to read the flow of each green, but they can also reveal the true configuration and difficulty of the greens to the millions of fans that will be watching the telecast of this major golf championship," said Hank Adams, CEO, Sportvision, Inc. "These graphic effects will enable viewers to better appreciate the ability of the world's greatest golfers."

In addition to "Green Grids," TNT will use Sportvision's Virtual Caddy to animate key elements of the holes at Whistling Straits, as viewed from a helicopter flying over the course. For each par 4 and 5 hole, Virtual Caddy will animate desired landing zones, hazards and other notable elements via virtually inserted graphics that will be superimposed on the course.

The Virtual Caddy System will be incorporated throughout TNT's coverage of the 86th PGA Championship, Thurs., Aug. 12 and Fri., Aug. 13, from 2-8 p.m. ET, and Sat., Aug. 14 and Sun., Aug. 15 from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. ET.

About Turner Sports
Turner Network Television (TNT), the destination for drama, is a Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 24-hour advertiser-supported service. TNT, an industry leader in delivery of adults 18-49 and 25-54 in prime and total day, is cable's only network combining award-winning original films, with upcoming fare including Salem's Lot, adapted from the Stephen King novel, Bad Apple and the Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation The Winning Season; highly anticipated original series, including The Grid and a Steven Spielberg 12-hour series on the Old West; powerful one-hour dramas, such as Law & Order, ER, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Charmed, Judging Amy and Angel, with Without a Trace joining in fall of 2004; broadcast premieres; and championship sports coverage including NASCAR, the PGA and the British Open and the NBA. TNT will be available in high-definition with the launch of TNT-HD beginning May 2004.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.

About Sportvision, Inc.
Sportvision, Inc. is the nation's premier innovator of sports and entertainment products for fans, media and marketers. A privately held corporation, Sportvision solutions have enhanced experiences for fans and marketing partners of the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, NCAA football and basketball, WTA, Major League Soccer and other sporting events on-air and online. The company has captured five Emmy Awards for its products, three for their signature broadcast enhancements, the virtual yellow 1st and Ten(tm) line and K Zone, and two for its pioneering advanced media work with NASCAR. Sportvision can be found on the web at www.sportvision.com.

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