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1998 Webby Awards Unveil Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Judie Mulligan, mulligaj@fleishman.com

Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations, 415.356.1086

THE 1998 WEBBY AWARDS® UNVEIL WINNERS

OF THE BEST WEB SITES OF 1997

2,000 Celebrities and Digerati Turn Out for The Webby Awards

http://www.webbyawards.com

San Francisco (March 6, 1998) – Giving a decidedly hip twist to

run-of-the-mill awards shows, more than 2,000 movers and shakers in

cyber-culture, entertainment, media, and politics donned their finest

“future swank” attire tonight to honor the best Web sites of the year at

the 1998 Webby Awards®

With San Francisco’s elegant Palace of Fine Arts Theatre swathed in

striking leopard prints and outfitted with giant video projection screens,

winners were announced in 19 different categories ranging from Art to

Weird.

Chosen by a select panel of 95 judges that included Chicago Bulls superstar

Dennis Rodman, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dilbert creator

Scott Adams, Jane magazine editor Jane Pratt, film director Kevin Smith

(Chasing Amy, Clerks), and Thomas Dolby, musician (She Blinded Me With

Science) and CEO of Headspace Inc.

Winners spanned from tiny one-woman shop ENTROPY8 http://www.entropy8.com

(Best Art Web Site) to Web powerhouses like CBS SportsLine

http://www.sportsline.com (Best Sports Web Site). See next page for a

complete list of winners or go to http://www.webbyawards.com.

Winners of the People’s Voice Awards, which were chosen by the more than

100,000 people who registered to vote at The Webby Awards Web site

http://www.webbyawards.com, were also announced at the ceremony. Several

Web sites won both a Webby Award and a People’s Voice Award, including Bert

is Evil http://www.fractalcow.com/bert (Best Weird Site), CNN/Time All

Politics http://ww.allpolitics.com (Best Political/Law Web Site), and the

Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com (Best Film Site).

The high-charged, fast-paced ceremony was presided over by acclaimed

software manager-turned-comedian Chris McGuire, who held winners to

acceptance speeches of “five words or a 17-syllable haiku” and entertained

the audience with his unique brand of high-tech (and sometimes lowbrow)

humor. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown kicked the night off with a

rousing welcome speech.

The Webby Awards were also viewed online around the globe thanks to the

first-ever live 3-D Webcast. Free 3-D glasses that were custom-made for the

Webcast were completely sold out two weeks prior to the event.

“The purpose of The Webby Awards is to put the spotlight on those Web sites

that deserve people’s attention,” said Tiffany Shlain, Producer and

Creative Director of The Webby Awards. “We’re extremely proud to play a

role in both celebrating innovative Web sites and encouraging creativity on

the Internet. Just like the Internet itself, The Webbies are only going to

get bigger and better.”

Following the ceremony, winners, nominees, judges, and guests rubbed elbows

and boogied to the ’70s funk of hot San Francisco band What It Is at a huge

bash at The Exploratorium.

*** List of 1998 Webby Award Winners ***

ARTS

ENTROPY 8 http://www.entropy8.com

COMMUNITY

The WELL http://www.thewell.com

EDUCATION

StarChild http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov

FILM

The Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com

GAMES

BeZerk http://www.bezerk.com

HEALTH

Mayo Health Clinic Oasis http://www.mayohealth.org

HOME

BabyCenter http://www.babycenter.com

LIVING

gURL http://www.gURL.com

MONEY/BUSINESS

The Vanguard Group http://www.vanguard.com

MUSIC

Experience Music Project http://wwwexperience.org

NEWS

NEWS.COM http://www.news.com

POLITICS/LAW

CNN/TIME AllPolitics http://www.allpolitics.com

PRINT/ZINES

Salon Magazine http://www.salonmag.com

RADIO

AudioNet http://www.audionet.com

SCIENCE

Exploratorium: ExploraNet http://www.exploratorium.edu

SPORTS

CBS SportsLine http://www.sportsline.com

TRAVEL

CitySearch: New York City http://www.citysearch.com

TV

PBS Online http://www.pbs.org

WEIRD

Bert is Evil! http://fractalcow.com/bert

 

*** List of 1998 People’s Voice Awards Winners ***

ARTS

Atlas http://www.atlasmagazine.com

COMMUNITY

WBS http://pages.wbs.net

EDUCATION

The Smithsonian http://www.si.edu

FILM

The Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com

GAMES

Imagine Games Network http://www.imaginegames.com

HEALTH

Ask Dr. Weil http://www.drweil.com

HOME

Better Homes and Gardens Online http://www.bhglive.com

LIVING

PlanetOut http://www.planetout.com

MONEY/BUSINESS

Nolo Press Self-Help Law Center http://www.nolo.com

MUSIC

MTV Online http://www.mtv.com

NEWS

ABCNEWS.com http://www.abcnews.com

POLITICS/LAW

CNN/TIME AllPolitics http://www.allpolitics.com

PRINT/ZINES

Merriam-Webster http://www.m-w.com

RADIO

The Art Bell Web Site http://www.artbell.com

SCIENCE

Mars Pathfinder Mission http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/default1.html

SPORTS

ESPN SportsZone http://espnet.sportszone.com

TRAVEL

Travelocity http://www.travelocity.com

TV

Sci-Fi Channel: The Dominion http://www.scifi.com

WEIRD

Bert is Evil! http://fractalcow.com/bert

 

About The Webby Awards®

The Webby Awards® honor the best creative and

innovative Web sites of the year-and the talented editorial, technical, and

design teams behind them.

The Webbies are the biggest night of the year for the online world. The

sponsors of this year’s event include Absolut, Alice 97.3 FM, LinkExchange,

PC World, Chromatek, Rocket Lab LLC, San Francisco Chronicle, The Internet

Industry Standard, Princeton Graphic Systems, Odwalla, Peet’s Coffee & Tea,

Gateway Limousine, Quantex, Diamond, Lotus, and Hotel Triton. The Webcast,

sponsored by Netopia, Rent-A-Computer, RealNetworks, and Abovenet was

produced by The Who and How Entertainment Network.

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