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Exclusive Tickets to Webby Awards 2000 will be Auctioned Online to Benefit Historical San Francisco Landmark

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Judie Mulligan, mulligaj@fleishman.com
Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations, 415.356.1086

EXCLUSIVE TICKETS TO WEBBY AWARDS® 2000 WILL BE AUCTIONED ONLINE TO BENEFIT HISTORICAL SAN FRANCISCO LANDMARK

Highest Bidder on eBayTM Will Attend Phenomenal Evening with Celebrities, Luminaries and Digerati from Around the World

http://www.webbyawards.com

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 1, 2000) – The Webby Awards® 2000 today announced that it donated two tickets to the Nob Hill Association for the 4th Annual Webby Awards, this year’s highly anticipated, star-studded event celebrating the most extraordinary talent on the Web. The tickets for the May 11th event will be auctioned on eBay and proceeds will be given to the Nob Hill Foundation restoration project that is currently working to raise $200,000 to restore the glorious “Fountain of the Tortoises”. The fountain and Huntington Park serve as the centerpiece for the Webby Awards post celebration.

Joining forces on the restoration project are the The Nob Hill Association, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the community of Nob Hill and The Webby Awards in addition to countless sponsors, helping to raise funds for the restoration of this exquisite landmark. The bronze and marble fountain is a 1910 exact reproduction of the original in Piazza Mattei, Rome, Italy and was donated to San Francisco more than 40 years ago.

The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. The awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a diverse, 350-person organization whose members include David Bowie, Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Williams, Julia Child and Esther Dyson.

More than 3,000 guests will gather atop San Francisco’s legendary Nob Hill for the awards show and Alan Cumming will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The Webby Awards have become the industry’s hottest ticket thanks to its eclectic judges, outrageous fashions, and mandatory five-words-or-less acceptance speeches. You can be there too by bidding on the tickets on eBay at http://www.ebay.com right now! Just look for the Everything Else category, scrolling to theatre tickets and Webby Awards (item #320149585) and you could be on your way to a retro celebration that promises to push the envelope once again!
If you are out-bid for the tickets, you can still catch the excitement on Yahoo!® Entertainment’s live Internet broadcast at http://entertainment.yahoo.com/webby, beginning at 6:15 PM PDT, May 11th.

About the Webby Awards
The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. Nominees and winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards are an IDG event. Sponsors for the 2000 Webby Awards include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Modem Media, Flyswat, Visa, Warburg Dillon Read, BeSeen, Xpedior, AboveNet, Audi, commission junction, worldlyinvestor.com, PlanetClick, Adauction.com, Fleishman Hillard, netRaker, The Creative Group, Netpulse, Ofoto.com, Entertainment Weekly, Business 2.0, Access Magazine, NewCity.com, Metropolis Editorial, MVFX and MVFXi, divisions of Manex Entertainment, Inc., ArtByte, MacWorld, San Francisco Bay Guardian, MacWorld Expo, MSN bCentral, Internet World, Upside Media, EMC, and We Also Walk Dogs. Balloting is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The live Webcast is produced by USA Video Interactive and hosted by Yahoo! Entertainment.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. The goal of The Academy is to assemble a unique and brilliant panel of leading new media experts, Web visionaries, journalists, and luminaries to propel the World Wide Web into the future. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 350 members such as film director Francis Ford Coppola, musician David Bowie, Chairman of Miramax Talk Media Tina Brown, cyberguru Esther Dyson, creator of “The Simpsons” Matt Groening, National Public Radio personality Ira Glass, computer scientist Jaron Lanier, and Oxygen Media President Geraldine Laybourne. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, Forbes, and Premier. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.

About IDG
IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 700 books and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net, which comprises more than 240 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168
computer-related expositions worldwide and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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