ZaZa Energy Corporation (“ZaZa” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:ZAZA) President and CEO Todd A. Brooks today disclosed that the Compensation Committee has approved a proposal by the CEO to take a $1 salary for the next two years. Under the terms approved by the Committee, Mr. Brooks’ remaining short and long-term incentive compensation for that period will consist solely of equity grants or other equity-related compensation. Furthermore, the vesting of that compensation will be tied primarily to the Company’s achievement of further production and reserves growth. The Compensation Committee expects to complete definitive documents and effect these changes prior to the end of the second quarter.

President and CEO Todd A. Brooks stated, “Through a series of transactions over the last two years, we have transformed ZaZa into a growth vehicle for emerging unconventional plays, particularly in East Texas. The elimination of my salary and adoption of STI and LTI performance hurdles for the next two years further aligns me with shareholders as we look forward to the delivery of continued production and reserves growth.”

About ZaZa Energy Corporation

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ZaZa Energy Corporation is an independent oil and gas company focused on the exploration and production of unconventional oil and gas assets. We currently operate primarily through joint ventures in the Eaglebine trend in East Texas and the Eagle Ford trend in South Texas. More information about the Company may be found at

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