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CELEBRITY JUDGES FOR 1998 WEBBY AWARDS™ TO INCLUDE DILBERT CREATOR, DENNIS RODMAN
Online voters can win a trip to the Webby Awards
San Francisco (January 16, 1998) – Chicago Bulls superstar Dennis Rodman, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dilbert creator Scott Adams, and Jane magazine editor Jane Pratt ” along with 91 other luminaries in media, entertainment, and new media ” will serve as judges for this year’s Webby Awards, producer and creative director Tiffany Shlain announced today.
The 1998 Webby Awards ceremony will take place March 6, 1998 at San
Francisco’s elegant Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium. More than
2,000 movers and shakers in cyberculture, media and entertainment are
expected to attend. The Webbies http://www.webbyawards.com are widely
recognized as the most sought-after honor in digital media.
“The Webbies recognize the best, brightest, and boldest of the medium,”
said Shlain. “We’re excited to have a judging panel that reflects and
appreciates these qualities.”
The online community can also vote for the Webbies’ “People’s Voice Awards” at http://www.webbyawards.com until January 31, where they’ll be automatically entered to win a trip for two to the March 6 ceremony in San Francisco. The Webby Awards voting site will also carry a live webcast of the event at 8:00 p.m. PST on March 6. An amazing 50,000 people have already registered to vote, with a flurry of voting expected during the last two weeks of voting.
Other confirmed judges include: John Markoff, West Coast Correspondent of The New York Times; director Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart, Gas, Food, & Lodging); Thomas Dolby, musician and CEO of Silicon Valley-based Headspace Inc.; Greg LeFevre, CNN SF bureau chief; Joseph Montebello, creative director at Harper Collins; Dave Eggers, editor for Esquire; Les Blank, documentary filmmaker; Jon Plunkett, creative director at Wired ; Larry Harvey, Founder of Burning Man, and Rand and Robyn Miller, creators of Myst and Riven CD-ROMs. A full list of judges follows.
Judges will choose one winner from five nominees in each of nineteen
categories: Arts, Community, Education, Film, Games, Health, Home, Living, Money/Business, Music, News, Politics/Law, Print/Zines, Radio, Science, Sports, TV, Travel, and Weird.
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. To date, the sponsors of this year’s event
include Alice 97.3 FM, Absolut Vodka, LinkExchange, Real Networks,
Chromatek, Princeton Graphics, Netopia, Rent-A-Computer, Rocket Lab, Hotel Triton, The Internet Industry Standard, and Gateway Limousine. The webcast on March 6 will be produced by The Who and How Entertainment Network. For additional press information and a complete list of nominees, please visit http://www.webbyawards.com/press.html.
Confirmed Judges for the 1998 Webby Awards:
Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert comic strip and books
Allison Anders, Film Director (Grace of My Heart, Gas, Food and Lodging)
John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation
John Battelle, President and Publisher of The Internet Industry Standard
Les Blank, Documentary Filmmaker
Richard Brandt, Editor in Chief of Upside magazine
Jerry Brown, Former Governor of California, Founder of We The People
Susan Casey, Creative Director of Outside magazine
Malcolm Casselle, Co-founder and CTO of NetNoir
Denise Castellucci, Producer of Voices of Adoption
Stewart Cheifet, President of PCTV
Sarah Clark, Morning Co-host at San Francisco’s CBS Affiliate 97.3 KLLC
Thomas Dolby, CEO of Headspace Inc.
Esther Dyson, Chairman of Edventure Holdings Inc.
Dave Eggers, Editor for Esquire magazine
Ira Flatow, Executive Producer/Host “Science Friday”- NPR
Mary Furlong, CEO of Third Age Media
Rob Glaser, CEO and Chairman of Real Networks
Ariel Gore, Editor in Chief of Hipmama zine
Larry Harvey, Founder of Burning Man
Amy Johns, Section Editor at Wired magazine
Hal Josephson, Executive Director of the Invision Awards Festival
Tom King, CEO and President of CompuTalk Radio
David Kline, Author, Columnist, and Business Consultant
Jaron Lanier, Composer and Computer Scientist
Todd Lappin, Associate Editor at Wired magazine
Greg LeFevre, CNN San Francsico Bureau Chief
Cheryl Lucanegro, VP of Sales and Marketing of The Internet Industry Standard
Ed Leibowitz, Freelance writer
Sue Levin, President of WWWomen Inc.
John Markoff, New York Times West Coast Correspondent
Marleen McDaniel, CEO of Wire Networks
Rand and Robyn Miller, Creators of Myst and Riven CD-ROMs
Joseph Montebello, Creative Director at Harper Collins
G.M. O’Connell, Chairman of Modem Media, President of TNTechnologies
Ellen Pack, Founder of Wire Networks
Tony Parisi, CTO Intervista and Co-creator of VRML
Mark Pauline, Director of Survival Reasearch Laboratories
Mark Pesce, Chairman and CTO of Blitcom, LLc. and Co-creator of VRML
John Plunkett, Creative Director of Wired magazine
Kim Polese, CEO and President of Marimba
Jane Pratt, Editor in Chief for Jane magazine
Dennis Rodman, Forward for The Chicago Bulls
Larry Rowe, Professor of Computer Science, U.C. Berkeley
Paul Saffo, Head of The Institute for the Future
Nathan Shedroff, Creative Director at Vivid Studios
RU Sirius, Editor In Chief of Axcess magazine
Kevin Smith, Film Director (Clerks, Mall Rats, Chasing Amy)
Eric Tyson, Syndicated money columnist
Hal Varian, Dean of The School of Information Management, U.C. Berkeley
Jonathan Wells, Director of The Resfest Film Festival
Brad Wieners, Author of Reality Check
James Worthy, FOX Sports Analyst
Zak Zaidman, Co-founder of Gravity, Inc.