Touch The Webby Awards at the First-Ever Live 3-D Webcast


Judie Mulligan,
Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations, 415.356.1086


Techie-Turned Comedian to Emcee the Webby Awards, March 6

San Francisco (February 11, 1998) – The 1998 Webby Awards® are coming at you.


In a milestone for the Web, The 1998 Webby Awards®

will host the first-ever live 3-D Webcast on March 6 when more than 2,000 movers

and shakers in cyberculture, media, and entertainment gather in San Francisco to

honor the best Web sites of the year.

According to Tiffany Shlain, Producer/Creative Director of The Webbys™, online

viewers around the globe will be able to watch the Webby Awards in

state-of-the-art 3-D with the aid of free, custom-made 3-D glasses. The landmark

3-D Webcast will air live at 8:00 p.m. PST on March 6, 1998, and the free

glasses can be ordered online at The Webby Awards® Web site

“3-D technology was cutting edge back in its day, so it’s a kick to be able to

share it with a wired audience in 1998,” Shlain said. “The Web is all about

community, and you can’t get any closer than 3-D.”

The 1998 Webby Awards® will be chosen by a distinguished judging panel of 95

celebrities, new media experts, and journalists, including Chicago Bulls

superstar Dennis Rodman, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dilbert creator

Scott Adams, Jane magazine editor Jane Pratt, and film director Kevin Smith

(Chasing Amy, Clerks). A complete list of judges can be found at

The specially designed 3-D glasses were created by Chromatek and sponsored by

Absolut. The live 3-D Webcast is produced by The Who and How Entertainment


100,000 Online Users Vote for Webbies’™ “People’s Voice Awards”

If the overwhelming response to The Webbies’™ 1998 “People’s Voice Awards” is any

indication, the limited amount of 3-D glasses should sell out quickly.

Shlain said that more than 100,000 individuals registered to vote for their own favorite

sites of the year at The Webby Awards® Web site, up from 40,000 voters in 1997.

Winners of the “People’s Voice Awards” will also be announced at The Webby

Awards® ceremony on March 6.

“We’re absolutely thrilled by the turnout,” said Shlain. “It confirms The Webby

Awards® as the preeminent Web awards show.”

“Do You Think a Hard Drive is the Stretch of Road Between LAX and Hollywood?”

In other news, Shlain announced that attendees and viewers of this year’s

Webbies™ should get ready to laugh at themselves.

Chris McGuire, a former manager at a large software company who has made a

career out of poking fun at the high-tech world, will be this year’s Webby

Awards® Master of Ceremonies.

Hailed by The Boston Globe as “offbeat and nouveau slapstick,” McGuire takes

center stage at The Webbies™ following a tour with Adam Sandler and a

side-splitting stint on Comedy Central.

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 Absolut, Alice 97.3 FM, LinkExchange,

PC World, Rocket Lab LLC, San Francisco Chronicle, The Internet Industry

Standard, Princeton Graphic Systems, Odwalla, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Gateway

Limousine, and Hotel Triton. The Webcast, sponsored by Netopia, RealNetworks,

AboveNet, and Rent-A-Computer, will be produced by The Who and How Entertainment Network.