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WEB ALL-STARS CREATE EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS TO PROMOTE ENTRIES FOR 13th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS


Campaign Showcases Original Shorts by Barely Political, You Suck at Photoshop, Jake and Amir, and More


http://webbys.tumblr.com

New York, NY (December 9, 2008) - Some of the biggest names in Internet video, including Barely Political, You Suck at Photoshop, and Jake and Amir, are touting the benefits of entering The Webby Awards as part of a special video campaign launching today.

To promote the call for entries for The 13th Annual Webby Awards, the masterminds behind the Internet's most popular videos were enlisted to create five wildly original takes on why every aspiring Internet star should want a Webby on their mantle. Starting today through December 12th, The Webby Awards will premiere one video each day at http://webbys.tumblr.com

The participants include the creators of such past Webby nominees and winners as "Obama Girl" (Barely Political: http://barelypolitical.com/), "You Suck at Photoshop" (Big Fat Brain: http://wordpress.com/tag/big-fat-brain/), "It's Jerry Time!" (www.itsjerrytime.com), and "Tony and Paul"(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJzU3NjDikY). Collegehumor.com stars "Jake and Amir" (www.jakeandamir.com) created the first original video for the project.

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Websites. The deadline for entering The 13th Annual Webby Awards is December 19, 2008. To enter work in more than 100 categories, visit www.webbyawards.com.

"The Webby Awards is dedicated to uncovering and celebrating new talent," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "That's why it's a thrill for us to be able to collaborate with some of the Web's most original voices on this campaign."

Davies noted The 13th Annual Webby Awards is seeking entries in several new categories that salute online video's growing ranks of entertainers, performers, and personalities including Best Host of Reality/Variety Series and Best Individual Performance.

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received a record 10,000 entries from over 60 countries. The awards season was capped by a star-studded June gala honoring such Internet luminaries as Stephen Colbert, David Byrne, and Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include The Sundance Channel's Larry Aidem, Director Darren Aronofsky, Showtime Chief Matt Blank, 20th Century Fox Chairman Jim Gianopoulos, and Harvey Weinstein.

Nominees for the 13th Annual Webby Awards will be announced in April 2009, and winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in New York City in June 2009.

About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Nokia; .ORG; Level 3; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Adweek; Variety; Wired; IDG; FirstMark Capital; Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.



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