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Cool Beans adds Stroud to board

Sheffield, UK - 24th November 2000.

Cool Beans are pleased to announce the appointment of John Stroud to the board of Cool Beans.

John Stroud, 45, is the IT Director of Express Newspapers, the latest in a string of senior appointments in the Media industry.

After graduating in Microbiology and Virology from Warwick University in 1977, Stroud’s career has focused on business strategy and the application of technology to addressing business issues and developing new business opportunities.

He has spent the last 13 years working in media companies including United International Pictures, Pearson, and presently Express Newspapers, owned by United News and Media.

United International Pictures, where Stroud was Business Systems Director, is the international sales and distribution arm of some of the major American film studios, including Paramount and Universal.

At Pearson, he was IT Director of Pearson Professional, the business to business publisher, and advised senior management on key issues such as Content Management across the FT Group.

At Express, Stroud is responsible for all aspects of the computing used to produce the newspaper.

Commenting on the appointment Stroud said: " I am delighted to be invited to join the board of Cool Beans. The company couples a strong portfolio of original content with a high level of creative and technological skills. This means that Cool Beans is well positioned to take advantage of the convergence of technologies and the seemingly insatiable growth in demand for original content. It has never been more important to align a strong content position with an ability to leverage that across a variety of channels and I look forward to assisting Cool Beans in achieving that".

Wolf Percival, Chairman and CEO of Cool Beans added: " We are extremely pleased to welcome John to the Cool Beans board. He brings a wealth of experience in media and an understanding of technology, both current and future to the team. In addition, his management experience, gained at the highest level in a variety of media companies will prove invaluable".

About Cool Beans World:

CBW is an Internet channel dedicated to the best in comic and CG storytelling. This cyberspatial reading room promises to feature original and exclusive work from some of the comic industry’s most talented writers and artists. Slickly designed, endlessly inventive, in Cool Beans World the comic book is reborn.

CBW is being developed by cutting edge digital animation studio Cool Beans Productions Ltd., led by Wolf and Nick Percival.

The Cool Beans World preview site is online now. Aim your browsers at www.coolbeansworld.com or contact Alison Beasley at Lincoln Beasley PR for more information:

Alison Beasley, Lincoln Beasley PR

T: 01608 645756

F: 01608 646063

M: 0966 449130

E: alison@lincolnbeasley.co.uk

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