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Lauer Learning Names Emmy Award Winning Writer Brian Narelle to Create Script for “FF56” Computer Game
RENOWNED author brings wealth of experience in educational film and video learning tools

Roswell, GA - March 30, 2006 - Lauer Learning, recognized for developing innovative multimedia products to teach children foreign languages, cultures and historic events, said today that Brian Narelle has joined the company's creative team as scriptwriter for “FF56”. The nationally known writer will be a key player in the creation of the immersive computer game for young teens that focuses on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

The New York State native and graduate of the University of Southern California Film School is renowned for his career accomplishments as a creative director, screenwriter, cartoonist, actor and puppeteer. His interest in cartooning and acting began as a child and later resulted in early assignments in animation for Sesame Street. He has written for top children's television programs, such as the Discovery and Learning Channels and written and developed a number of corporate educational films for clients including Apple Computer, Sega, IBM, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Mr. Narelle is the creator of entertaining educational films for Simon & Schuster/Paramount, which have received numerous awards including six Cine Gold Eagles. His Emmy-award winning educational TV writing includes a PBS special and the Discovery Channel series Bingo & Molly. He served as supervising Animator/Sequence Director on the Korty/Lucasfilm feature 'Twice Upon A Time' and wrote Hubert's Brain, an animated short for WildBrain, winner of the 2001 Annie Award and World Animation Festival. In the world of educational games he has worked as a Creative Director for such companies as Theatrix and Broderbund.

In addition, as a cartoonist, he has illustrated numerous books, and has appeared in magazines and comics. In 1974 he created the infamous San Diego Chicken. He is the author of Living in Vertical Time, a chronicle of the teachings of Murray, a donkey in Sebastopol, California.

"Lauer Learning is very excited to have someone with Brian's varied expertise in scriptwriting and developing diverse multimedia projects for the educational marketplace join our creative team,” said Andrea Lauer Rice, the founder and chief executive officer of Lauer Learning. “His ability to blend creative writing and education into various learning tool formats will enhance the effectiveness of our FF56! experiential game."

The Roswell, GA based Lauer Learning is developing entertaining and innovative multimedia products that educate young people about cultural history. The engaging, historically accurate computer game "FF56!" takes users back in time to experience the events of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. FF56! is scheduled for release in the fall of 2006, in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution.

The goal of the 'FF56' game is to allow players to interact with historic figures firsthand, view video footage, hear radio broadcasts and speeches and read newspapers from that time. Players learn surreptitiously through this revolutionary teaching approach. “We are seeing that young people are losing their sense of heritage because their cultural history is somehow not being passed down to them successfully,” said Lauer Rice. “FF56will help fill the learning gap.”

In his position with Lauer Learning, Mr. Narelle will work with Lauer Rice and the rest of the firm's creative team on the script creation and writing of FF56! and participate throughout the creative and development process.

“I am looking forward to my association with Lauer Learning. To bring history alive in an engaging and entertaining way is a far cry from my experience in school. The opportunity to work with this innovative company is right up my alley. Utilizing the technology in which kids love to immerse themselves makes perfect sense,” said Narelle. “In these homogenizing times of media overload, helping kids get in touch with their heritage, and playing a part in preserving the spirit of their nationality is a most worthy undertaking.”

A graduate of USC Film School, Narelle lives in the wine country of Sonoma County with his wife Robin and pet snake Merwan.


Lauer Learning is a multimedia educational company that creates interactive products to teach children foreign languages, cultures and historic events through experiential learning. Two Hungarian products, the first cluster of a series of 'learning by playing' modules, will be launched in 2006 - FF56! a bilingual, historically-accurate, educational computer game for teens about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and “Kis Majom” or “Little Monkey”, a Language Learning Packet consisting of DVDs, books and flashcards, to help parents raise their toddlers bilingually. The computer game will be available in early fall and “Little Monkey” will be released in time for Christmas 2006. In addition “56 Stories”, a collection of personal testimonials collected through the FreedomFighter56.com website, will be published and on the market in October 2006. All products will be available for purchase through the www.LauerLearning.com website.

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