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Thursday, March 6, 2008

NAMMAE Announces Creation Of The MMA Hall Of Fame And Their Intention To Posthumously Induct Bruce Lee As The Father Of Modern MMA

Courtesy of Owned Entertainment, Inc.:

03/06/2008 - The North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo, better known as NAMMAE, will be creating a MMA Hall Of Fame, sponsored in part by Owned Entertainment, Inc. NAMMAE is currently in high-level talks with several influential museums to house the collection. Founder Brian Paul Jaus commented "The UFC actually has an incredible hall of fame production. The only problem is that by design it is going to honor UFC centric fighters only. Well not only did MMA exist before the UFC, but MMA is rapidly diversifying past the stage of a monolithic fight organization controlling the entire industry. There are very large high-profile fight leagues, albeit nowhere the UFC's size, launching all the time. So a true Hall of Fame for all of MMA must honor the entire industry equally and that is what NAMMAE's Hall Of Fame will be ideal for. As far as the action of making Bruce the first inductee, I don't think anyone in the know in this industry will argue and many people will feel that this move is long overdue. When I first bought the Tao of JKD as a teenager, I was reading the blue-prints for modern mixed martial arts as we know it today. I mean… who was talking about ground fighting as an augmentation to stand up 30 years ago? Bruce was. He called it Jeet Kune Do, but anyone looking with the eyes of today knows what we have come to call it. The answer is Mixed Martial Arts. The modern story of Mixed Martial Arts begins with him, and so will the MMA Hall of Fame." NAMMAE will announce further inductees over the next two months.


The NAMMAE Trade Show and Convention is the largest convergence of Mixed Martial Arts brands, leagues, athletes, equipment, training, apparel, media, and publications under one roof in the United States, if not the world. It is the epicenter for MMA apparel, equipment and general merchandise buying and selling, NAMMAE represents more than 95 percent of the industry and bringing together more than 400 MMA companies from all over the world representing every aspect of the MMA lifestyle. NAMMAE is the lifeblood of the industry.

About ‘Owned’

‘Owned' is an exciting action thriller set in the world of MMA. We will be looking for a combination of talented actors and MMA fighters for the movie. Recently announced fighters for the movie include Dean Lister, Jason Mayhem Miller, Cung Le, Shonie Carter, Din Thomas and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua. Owned Entertainment is the official movie sponsor of The North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo (www.nammae.com), which is the largest and most powerful convergence of MMA brands in the industry. For more information on the ‘Owned’ movie visit mmamovie.com, ownedentertainment.com and the official ‘Owned’ myspace at http://www.myspace.com/ownedentertainmentinc. For information on auditioning for ‘Owned’ you simply text the word ‘AUDITION’ to phone number 41513. Standard texting rates apply but there are no additional charges.

About Owned Entertainment

Owned Entertainment, Inc. has emerged as a player in the area of independent film production and distribution, once monopolized by the major film studios. The company engages in investing, producing, and distributing full-length feature films as well as TV projects, video games and other entertainment entities. Along with its controlling equity interest in 'All That I Need,' released in theatres December 2005 and released on DVD February 2006, there are several other projects in the making, including: 'The Other Side' and 'Descendant,' written by Damir Catic and Eric Alfio, the action thriller set in the world of Mixed Martial Arts 'Owned' by James Hergott, 'Brothers' by Tarquin Gotch (whose credits include 'Home Alone,' 'Curly Sue,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off') and the Reno 911-type comedic take-off on the popular 'The Ultimate Fighter' TV show entitled 'Fight House.' Our mission at Owned Entertainment, Inc. is to produce high quality and highly enjoyable feature films that will be widely distributed in the mainstream media markets. The corporate offices for Owned Entertainment, Inc. are in Austin, Texas with additional offices in Southern California. Owned Entertainment, Inc. has recently announced adding an Interactive Entertainment division to focus on video game development.

Owned Entertainment, Inc.
James Hergott, President