ANNE WOJCICKI, BILL SIMMONS, TIFFANY ROLFE, AND RICK GOMEZ ANNOUNCED AS NEW JUDGES FOR 24TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES CAMPAIGN BEGINNING TODAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Webby Categories for Podcasts and Immersive and Mixed Reality Target Industry’s Most Innovative and Groundbreaking Work
NEW YORK, September 10, 2019 — Hailed as “the Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, the premier award celebrating Internet excellence, launched its 24th Annual Call for Entries today, introducing a slate of new judges to review and select the industry’s most innovative work. The early entry deadline to submit work across Websites; Advertising, Media & PR; Video; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games is Friday, October 25, 2019.
Now in its 24th year, The Webby Awards continues to expand the International Academy of Digital Arts & Science to include the most esteemed and talented experts in their fields, across entertainment, advertising, media, and technology sectors. Newest members of the Academy judging panel include 23andMe Co-Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki; PBS CEO Paula Kerger; CMO of Allbirds Julie Channing; Headspace Founder Andy Puddicombe; Girlboss Co-Founder and CEO Sophie Amoruso; The dtx Company Founder Tim Armstrong; Masterclass Founder David Rogier; Anti-Bullying Activist Monica Lewinsky; News Not Noise Founder Jessica Yellin; Reboot.io CEO and Co-Founder Jerry Colonna; R/GA US Chief Creative Officer Tiffany Rolfe; Bill Simmons Podcast Host Bill Simmons; and Target CMO Rick Gomez.
“Over the last several years we’ve seen a huge diversification in the way our entrants and winners communicate through technology, and the use of mixed reality and podcasts have created intimate connections in a way we haven’t seen before,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. “Nobody understands the shift in how we use technology to tell important stories, and build communities to listen, watch and interact, better than our judges. We are honored and elated to work alongside these industry leaders to recognize and celebrate the best of the Internet once again this year.”
Since launching a suite of Podcast categories in 2016, The Webby Awards has seen incredible growth in the quality and subject matter of Podcasts and the level of storytelling put forth by producers across the medium. This year the Podcast categories have been expanded to include honors for Individual Episodes, Mini-Series, and Specials. New IADAS members, Host of Revision Path Maurice Cherry; Chalk and Blade Producer Ruth Barnes; Morning Edition Hosts Rachel Martin and David Green; and Host of Conversations with People Who Hate Me and Voice Actor for Welcome to Nightvale Dylan Maron, will join Gimlet Media Co-Founder Alex Blumberg, Pineapple Street Media Co-Founder Jenna Weiss-Berman, Death, Sex, and Money Host Anna Sale, and Radiotopia Producer Julie Shapiro to judge this year’s Podcast entries.