Harlequin and Big Fish Games Announce Licensing Agreement



    Market leaders to create a series of Mystery Case Files books and
Harlequin Presents games
    

    
    TORONTO and SEATTLE, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin Enterprises
Limited, the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading
publishers of women's fiction, and Big Fish Games(TM), the world's leading
online destination for games and interactive entertainment, today announced a
new licensing partnership.
    

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    In the summer of 2009, Big Fish Games will begin publishing interactive
games inspired by Harlequin Presents, the most popular romance-novel series in
the world, which regularly tops eRetailer and retail bookstore bestseller
lists.  These games will be sold on line exclusively at www.bigfishgames.com
and at all major retail stores.
    

    
    In the second quarter of 2010, Harlequin will begin publishing a branded
series of books inspired by Mystery Case Files(R), Big Fish Games'
award-winning franchise with over 3 million units sold.  These novels will be
written by Harlequin's bestselling authors.  Harlequin will be the first to
publish women's mystery fiction for Big Fish Games.
    

    
    "We are delighted to be Big Fish Games' partner in this venture," said
Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises.  "Our companies share
vast and rapidly growing female audiences.  Our partnership with Big Fish
Games will allow us to engage our customers in a truly unique manner."
    

    
    "The Harlequin and Big Fish Games brands are an excellent match," said
Jeremy Lewis, President and CEO of Big Fish Games.  "Harlequin has a uniquely
talented team, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them in bringing
these exclusive new products to our worldwide consumer base."
    

    
    In 2008, Harlequin sold 130 million books and enjoyed a total of 252
weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists.  Almost half of all romance
readers read Harlequin, and the company has some 13 million series readers. 
Harlequin sold a book every 4.1 seconds in 2008 and has sold 5.76 billion
books since its inception.  Also in 2008, Big Fish Games served its global
customer base nearly 400 million games.
    

    About Harlequin Enterprises Limited
    
    Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 29 languages and sold in 107 international markets. The company
produces more than 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,200 authors
from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin's Web site is located at
www.eHarlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 19 countries, including offices
in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit
www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.
    

    About Big Fish Games
    
    Big Fish Games is the world's leading online destination for games and
interactive entertainment. Based in Seattle, Washington, Big Fish Games offers
"A New Game Every Day(TM)". Big Fish Games works with more than 500 game
developers and distributes over 1 million games per day to consumers
worldwide. Big Fish Games Studios develops and publishes some of the
industry's leading brands, including Mystery Case Files(R), Hidden
Expedition(R), Azada(TM) and Fairway Solitaire(TM). For more information,
please visit www.mysterycasefiles.com and www.bigfishgames.com.
    


    




For further information:

For further information: Michelle Renaud, Public Relations Manager of
Harlequin Enterprises Limited, +1-416-448-7164, michelle_renaud@harlequin.ca
Web Site: http://www.eHarlequin.com

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