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Voting for People’s Voice Awards Kicks Off Today at http://vote.webbyawards.com
NEW YORK, April 2, 2019 – The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the Nominees for The 23rd Annual Webby Awards, which include Serial, Spotify, Planned Parenthood, Mr Robot, Coldplay, Hulu, Patreon, Marvel Entertainment, as well as some of the year’s most talked-about personalities, including Ellen, John Krasinski, Kesha, Stephen Colbert, Chance the Rapper, Kris Jenner, Stephen Curry, and Hasan Minhaj.
All Nominees are eligible to win the Internet industry’s two most prestigious awards: The Webby Award, selected by the Academy, and The Webby People’s Voice Award, voted on by Internet fans around the world at http://vote.webbyawards.com. Voting for The Webby People’s Voice Awards is open now until Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 11:59 PM (PT).
Webby Nominees are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian, actor and activist Jesse Williams, Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, GE CMO Linda Boff, Pod Save the People host and activist DeRay Mckesson, Instagram Co-founder Kevin Systrom, Girls Who Code Founder & CEO Reshma Saujani, Pineapple Street Media Co-founder Jenna Weiss-Berman.
“With all that’s going on across the Internet it can be easy to miss the bright spots—so we are especially excited to elevate the companies and individuals who are harnessing the Internet to make great work, inspire people, and improve the world,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “The 23rd Annual Webby Nominees are leading the charge on creating the kind of Internet we want.”
This year’s Webby Nominees tackled complex social issues, like gun violence, women’s rights, addiction, and bullying, through campaigns like Unstoppable by Planned Parenthood, #DefyTheName with Monica Lewinsky, Everytown: Moments That Survive, “Know the truth | Rebekkah’s Story | Opioids,” TreatmentBox, @DailyGunDeaths, and Crush the Midterms.
In an era where more people are consuming news, entertainment, events, and friends’ lives through ephemeral Stories and social content, The Webby Awards introduced a suite of new categories for excellence on social platforms. This year’s nominees setting the bar for crafting compelling narratives through social media include: World Surf League, Tate Museum, Philadelphia Eagles, Ellen DeGeneres, DC Comics, National Geographic, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Schitt’s Creek, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Motherly, VICE, UN Women, Smithsonian’s Obama Portrait Unveiling, and Great Big Story.
Notably, this was also a record-breaking year for Podcasts, further demonstrating consumer demand for compelling storytelling—as well as a surge of creativity in the medium. Webby Nominees in Podcasts include: Still Processing, My Dad Wrote a Porno, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Longest Shortest Time, Girlboss, The Daily Show: Ears Edition, Conversations with People Who Hate Me, and Questlove Supreme. This was another huge year for Crime and Justice podcast series as well, exploring unsolved mysteries and cold cases through investigative reporting and storytelling. Popular Nominees include: Criminal, Believed, Mueller, She Wrote, Chapo: Kingpin on Trial, Slow Burn, In The Dark, Up and Vanished, and Serial Season 3.
Additionally, The Webby Awards recognized several standouts this year in a suite of new categories honoring Voice, celebrating innovations taking place across the rapidly emerging field of smart, voice-enabled speaking platforms like Amazon Echo and Google Home. Inaugural Nominees include Westworld: The Maze, Nike Coach, Jeopardy!, Tasty by Google, and Make Me Smart by Marketplace, among others.
Media companies continue to reimagine how to showcase content and storytelling in innovative ways across Podcasts, Video, Branded Content, Social, and more. Nominees include The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Gizmodo, The Verge, Bloomberg, The Guardian, BBC, Complex Networks, National Geographic, and Well + Good. Media organizations in contention for Webby Media Company of the Year, presented to the media company that performs best across all Webby Awards categories, are: Disney (40), Warner Media (39), VICE Media (35), Condé Nast (21), NBC Universal (21), and Viacom (15).The Webby Awards received 13,000 entries from 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. From the thousands of global entries submitted, fewer than 10% were selected as Nominees. The organizations earning the highest number of nominations this year include: Disney (40), Warner Media (39), VICE Media (35), Google (26), Condé Nast (21), and NBC Universal (21), and Viacom (15), BBC (12), Al Jazeera Media Network (10), Facebook (7), The Washington Post (7), Meredith Corporation (6), Funny or Die (5), and Spotify (5).
Winners for The 23rd Annual Webby Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and celebrated at a star-studded Awards Show hosted by actress and comedian Jenny Slate on Monday, May 13, 2019, at Cipriani Wall Street. Fans can follow the action and watch show highlights, special moments, and hallmark 5-Word Speeches from the night’s big Winners, at 7:00 pm ET on Monday, May 13, at #Webbys on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
EY provides vote tabulation consulting for The Webby Awards. For a complete list of Nominees and to vote for the People’s Voice Awards, please visit http://vote.webbyawards.com
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Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps, Mobile, and Voice, Social, Podcasts, and Games. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: YouTube, WP Engine, EY, YouGov, Vitamin T, WNYC Studios, Fast Company, ESA, Product Hunt, and Social Media Week.