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Judie Mulligan, mulligaj@fleishman.com

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Laurie Armstrong, San Francisco
Convention & Visitors Bureau
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WEBBY AWARDS TM TO KEEP ITS HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 1999

Slated for March 1999, the third annual Webbies will take place in hometown

San Francisco, CA (October 21, 1998) – After months of speculation about
where the Webby Awards, would take
place, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) announced
today that the event will be held in San Francisco for the third consecutive
year.

In March 1999, thousands of “digerati” and celebrities from around the globe will descend on the city for what has become one of the year’s hottest tickets. In 1998, more than 2,000 people attended the awards show and post-ceremony bash, while over 100,000 fans voted on-line for their favorite Web sites and viewed the live Webcast.

San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, who will deliver the welcome speech at the Webby Awards, has pledged the full support of the city and, for the first time in Webby history, brought together the city, the SFCVB, the San Francisco Partnership and the city’s Multimedia Task Force to help make The Webby Awards one of San Francisco’s highest-profile events. Plans are under consideration for an international New Media Forum, a digital arts gallery and many other new and exciting ways to support the rapidly growing on-line industry.

“Hollywood has the Oscars, Broadway has the Tony’s and San Francisco has The Webbies,” said San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown. “We’re very excited about making The Webby Awards and San Francisco the centerpiece of the multimedia industry.”

“We are thrilled that San Francisco, the birthplace of both the digital revolution and The Webby Awards, will again be our host,” said Tiffany Shlain, the creative director and executive producer of the Webby Awards. “With the city’s support, the 1999 Webby Awards will be on a truly global stage.”

San Francisco’s connection with The Webby Awards really demonstrates that this city is where it’s ‘@’ for the brightest minds of the new media.” said John Marks, president of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Hailed as the “Internet equivalent of the Oscars” by the San Francisco Chronicle (July 30, 1998), The Webby Awards are the leading creative honors for digital media. Nominees and winners are chosen by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), a global organization dedicated to the creative, technical and professional progress of new media. The Webby Awards are an IDG event.

For more information on The Webby Awards, see http://www.webbyawards.com. For more information on IADAS, see http://www.iadas.net.

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