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news Names Advertising Executive to Board

Old Greenwich, CT, September 12, 2000 – (OTC/BB: WDDD), the leading three dimensional (3D) entertainment portal on the Internet, today announced that it had named Tom Messner, a founding partner of the advertising agency Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer Euro/RSCG (MVBMS), to its Board of Directors.

Messner, who started MVBMS with four partners and two employees in 1986, has overseen the growth of the agency to its present $1.9 billion in billings. MVBMS/Euro RSCG, based in New York, is now a part of the Havas Group, one of the world’s five largest advertising and media organizations. Among the clients of MVBMS are MCI Worldcom, Nasdaq, Volvo, Intel, New Balance, Stouffer’s, Oppenheimer Funds, Philips, CNN and J.P. Morgan. provides 3D content to its own users and for partners, which include Road Runner, David Bowie, Hanson, British Telecom, e-New Media, Freeserve and Shinwon Telecom.

“The addition of Tom to our Board,” said Steven G. Chrust, chairman, “will add significant value as we expand our advertising and content initiatives. Tom’s long relationships, creativity and expertise provide a combination that will be extremely valuable during this phase of our growth.”

In addition to Mssrs. Messner and Chrust, the Board is comprised of Thom Kidrin ( CEO), Kenneth A. Locker and William Harvey. Messner replaces Michael J. Scharff, who resigned earlier this year.

About, the Internet’s premier 3D entertainment portal, leverages its proprietary technology to offer visitors a network of virtual, multi-user environments that have rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, streaming video and e-commerce. The environments are focused around entertainment interests and targeted communities such as music, sports, and general entertainment environments. In the Worlds’ Avatar Gallery, visitors select an avatar (3D character), and customize it into a personal virtual representation of themselves. The avatar is used to travel in and through the various virtual environments and participate in interactive activities involving entertainment, promotions, or e-commerce. Avatars can chat with one another, dance in a nightclub, e-shop, watch video clips and participate in other activities.

The entertainment portal can be accessed from throughout the world and provides its 3D experience to users of such major sites as Freeserve, Road Runner, e-New Media and Shinwon Telecom. These distribution partnerships allow to have a presence throughout Europe (specifically the UK), Pan Asia, the Hong Kong region and South Korea. is headquartered in Old Greenwich, CT. For more information on, please contact Gary Tobin at (

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Except for any historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are described in the company’s filings with the SEC. Given these uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The company disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to announce publicly the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events or developments.


Steven G. Chrust
Investor Relations:
Michael Gallo/Mona Walsh
FOCUS Partners LLC
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