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1999 Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Launch Official Web Sites

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1999 WEBBY AWARDS TM, THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIGITAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, LAUNCH OFFICIAL WEB SITES

Webby Awards site hailed as “ultimate bookmark”

http://www.webbyawards.com

http://www.iadas.net

San Francisco (November 17, 1998) – Kicking off the four month countdown to the
online world’s biggest night of the year, The 1999 Webby Awards and The
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) today unveiled their
official Web sites.

The launch of the elegant, easy-to-navigate Web sites, designed by San Francisco’s
vivid studios http://www.vivid.com, kicks off a flurry of activity for the awards
which will culminate with the crowning of the best Web sites of the year in
mid-March 1999 in San Francisco. In the coming months, The Webby Awards and the
Academy will be making much-anticipated announcements regarding the 1999 Webby
Award nominees, judges, sponsors, emcee, musical talent, and venue.

The Webby Awards are the leading creative
honors for digital media. Nominees and winners are chosen by judges from the
IADAS, a global organization dedicated to the creative, technical, and
professional progress of new media.

With images from the past and a nod to the future, The 1999 Webby Awards site
reopens its doors today with a sophisticated redesign that captures “modern
simplicity.”

According to Shlain, the creative director and executive producer of The Webby
Awards and the President of the Academy, the site is “the ultimate bookmark” since
it showcases links to past Webby Award winners and nominees in categories ranging
from Arts, Commerce, and Film, to Humor, Politics, and Sports.

“The Webby Awards site is the ultimate bookmark for political junkies, movie
buffs, educators, sports fans, music aficionados, and anyone else looking for the
best of the Internet,” said Shlain. “Like the event itself, the site is a
celebration of the Internet’s creme de la code.”

Beginning January 6, 1999, site visitors will be able to participate in the
People’s Voice Awards by voting online for their own favorite sites of the year in
the 24 Webby Awards’ categories. Last year, over 100,000 people cast ballots.
Visitors to the site will also be able to watch a live Webcast of the awards on
the night of the event. In addition, the online community can sign up to receive a
regular e-mail update on news and events from The Webby Awards and the Academy.

The redesign of the Webby site coincides with the debut of the Academy site. The
site features a smart, sleek design and information on the Academy, membership,
and the official judging and nominating process.

“Our goal is to make the Academy site the virtual home-away-from-home for the
organization’s global members,” said Maya Draisin, the Managing Director of the
Academy.

According to Draisin, the site will also showcase information on the Academy’s
year-round activities, online and offline events, special Awards and conferences,
and a newsletter.

About The Webby Awards
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 and Sciences, a
global organization dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional
progress of new media. The Webby Awards are an IDG event.

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