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April 28, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Microsoft unearths long-buried Atari “E.T.” game cartridges — part of Xbox TV series launch

It’s been an urban legend for decades: That in 1983, game company Atari buried thousands, if not millions, of its not-well-received, unsold “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” game cartridges in Alamogordo, N.M.

Over the weekend, an excavation crew found out that the urban legend appears to be true.

Zak Penn, director of “Atari: Game Over” (working title), and Andrew Reinhard, archaeologist,  hold up Atari 2600 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges excavated in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill on April 26. (Photo from Microsoft)

Zak Penn, director of “Atari: Game Over” (working title), and Andrew Reinhard, archaeologist, hold up Atari 2600 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges excavated in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill on April 26. (Photo from Microsoft)

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January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Microsoft hires Ari Mark for Xbox Entertainment

Microsoft has hired Ari Mark, a former AMC programming director, as head of unscripted programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios, according to Deadline Hollywood. Mark has been vice president of development at AMC, director of development at Embassy Row and manager of original programming and development at the Sundance Channel, according to his LinkedIn profile. At AMC,…

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December 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Xbox Entertainment Studios producing original documentary series

It’s not only Netflix and Amazon.com that are getting into producing their own original programming.

Xbox Entertainment Studios, created in 2012, has slowly been getting into the game. It had announced its first first original program — “Halo, the Television Series,” produced by Steven Spielberg — in May.

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