SOURCE: 9 Squared, Inc.

March 07, 2008 06:00 ET

9 Squared CEO Named One of Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40

Brian Casazza Recognized as a Local Business Leader for His Outstanding Achievements in the Mobile Entertainment Industry and Community Contributions

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - Brian Casazza, chief executive officer of Denver-based 9 Squared, a Zed Group company, was recognized in the Denver Business Journal's 11th annual Forty Under 40 list that was released today. Casazza was selected for his outstanding business accomplishments and contributions to the local community. This award is a first for 34-year-old Casazza, recognized as a thought leader in the mobile entertainment industry.

Casazza is the co-founder and CEO of 9 Squared, Inc., one of America's leading developers and distributors of mobile entertainment, and Denver's largest developer of mobile entertainment software. In just six years, he grew 9 Squared from three to 100 employees and has grown the business to $120 million in revenues. In 2004, Casazza led the sale of 9 Squared to MonsterMob, and then in 2007 oversaw the sale of MonsterMob to Zed, a leading provider of mobile-value added services, to create the world's largest mobile media company with consolidated 2007 revenues of $545 million*. Casazza will lead the newly merged operations as head of Zed in the US, with a projected Denver headcount of 120 employees.

"9 Squared has been a trusted partner for more than three years," said Perry Bashkoff, vice president, Digital Sales and Marketing, WEA Corp., Warner Music Group's US Sales and Retail Distribution Company. "With Brian's expertise in the mobile industry the company has established itself as a leader in delivering quality content to consumers in innovative ways."

In addition, Casazza demonstrates his devotion to the Denver community through active involvement in several organizations including the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the CEO Exchange and through contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Through 9 Squared, Casazza supports fundraising and charity events across the state of Colorado including the March of Dimes and the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services.

All of the 2008 Forty Under 40 winners will be profiled in a special section in the March 7 issue of the Denver Business Journal.

About 9 Squared, Inc.

9 Squared, a Zed Group Company, is the #1 independent distributor of mobile content in the United States. Equipped with an industry-leading catalog of premium mobile content and extensive wireless distribution partnerships, 9 Squared's competencies expand the entire value chain of mobile media solutions including best-in-breed mobile distribution technology, direct-response marketing, content programming and merchandizing expertise. 9 Squared is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. To learn more visit www.9squared.com.

About Zed

Zed develops and markets entertainment and community products and services for mobile and the Internet. The company is the leading mobile value-added services (MVAS) player in the world in terms of revenue and geographical footprint. Zed operates in more than 50 countries, including Europe's largest markets, USA and China and holds agreements with 110 wireless operators all over the world.

For more information visit: www.zed.com or www.zed.biz.

*Proforma MonsterMob Group activities in China not included