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PATTON OSWALT TAPPED TO HOST THE 16TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS

Nominees To Be Announced April 10; People's Voice Award Voting to Start Same Day; Winners Will Be
Unveiled May 1

Show Set To Stream Live on WebbyAwards.com

(New York, NY) April 3, 2012 — The Webby Awards announced today that critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and voice actor Patton Oswalt will host The 16th Annual Webby Awards.

The Webby Awards also announced that this year's Nominees will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Voting for the Webby People's Voice Awards will start that same day and end on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

The 16th Annual Webby Awards will take place on Monday, May 21, 2012, at The Hammerstein Ballroom. The Awards will take place at a new, earlier time: 5:30 PM EST and will be live streamed on www.webbyawards.com.

"We are really excited for Patton Oswalt to bring his comedic genius to The Webbys," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. "Patton is the rare comedian who is just as funny online as on a stage. As we push the boundaries of integrating the audience at home with the live show we think Patton is uniquely suited to be this year's Webby host."

A popular fixture on the stand-up comedy circuit, multi-Grammy Award-nominated Patton Oswalt has worked on numerous film and television projects including the recent dark comedy Young Adult, alongside Charlize Theron and the soon-to-be-released film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. He's appeared in co-starring roles on several television series, including a number of Adult Swim shows, King of Queens, United States of Tara, Bored to Death, Caprica, and Reno 911. His voiceover work has been featured in the animated film Ratatouille. Patton's first and only published book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is a New York Times Best-Seller.

His comedy special Finest Hour, will premiere on Comedy Central on Saturday, April 21, 2012 — the DVD of the special will be released on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

For the latest news on The 16th Annual Webby Awards, please visit www.webbyawards.com

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 & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 16th 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: Yahoo!, Vitamin T, MLB Advanced Media, Rackspace Hosting, JWT, The Atom Group, Financial Times, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Guardian News and Media.

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