The Webby Awards

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award for Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and the mobile Web. Each year’s honors are presented at a gala event that has become famous for its 5-word acceptance speeches. PKPR has represented The Webby Awards since 1997.

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Webby Awards Turn 15

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 07, 2011

PKPR has represented The Webby Awards since they began in San Francisco in 1997. To celebrate the 15th Annual Webby Awards, we placed a byline and slideshow today by Webby executive director David-Michel Davies at The Business Insider highlighting his favorite winners from each of the past 15 years.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 07, 2011 at 2:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bieber and Streep: Only at The Webbys

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 15, 2011

Bieber. Meryl Streep. Angry Birds. The Old Spice Guy.

Nope, it’s not a weird dream, it’s just some of the wildly diverse nominees for The 15th Annual Webby Awards.

Over 150 outlets covered this year’s nominee announcement including The New York Times, Reuters, Mashable, CNN, Huffington Post, Wonderwall, Wired,, USA Today, AFP, E! Online,, Hollywood Reporter, LA Times,, The Atlantic, Business Insider, and TubeFilter.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

USA Today: Webbys + MLB = Home Run

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 15, 2011

This year, global fans around the world will be able to experience the Webby Awards live thanks to a unique partnership with the interactive media arm of Major League Baseball, annually the Internet’s largest presenter of live events.

In addition to social media and multiple stream integrations, viewers will have the ability to share in-progress highlights, interact on multiple screens using custom developed mobile phone and tablet apps, and experience a tricked-out video stream that provides not just a front row seat to the ceremony, but also the ability to participate and shape the event as it unfolds.

USA Today has the full scoop here.


Permalink | Posted on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:09 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Net Neutrality, Privacy Top Webby Awards List

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 21, 2011

On the heels of the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web last month, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has identified security, privacy, copyright law, net neutrality, and maintaining an open Web as the top five challenges facing the medium in the next five years.

Dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet, IADAS’ 750 global members serve as the judging body of The Webby Awards, the leading international honors for excellence on the Internet. Members of the Academy range from Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, Martha Stewart, and Arianna Huffington to Federated Media founder John Battelle and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Coverage of the Academy’s report ranged from Huffington Post and to Mediabistro and Portfolio.


Permalink | Posted on Jan 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Apps Get Webby Love

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 17, 2010

Kicking off its 15th year celebrating the best of the Internet, The Webby Awards is expanding its mission to reflect the sweeping impact that apps are having on digital culture and commerce.

As part of the launch for its 15th annual call for entries, The Webby Awards debuted a new suite of categories saluting apps for handheld and tablet devices, as well as a diverse mix of mobile experts, including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley, CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, who will judge the new awards.

Coverage included WSJ’s All Things D, Los Angeles Times, Mediabistro, Broadcasting & Cable, TheWrap, BrandChannel, Folio, and Mobile Marketing Watch.


Permalink | Posted on Sep 17, 2010 at 7:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Webby Awards - The gift that keeps on giving

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 03, 2010

This year’s Webby Awards continue to generate amazing coverage.

First up, an over-the-top behind-the-scenes video of Webby winners OK Go and The Muppets. What transpired - an epic staring contest - has gone viral, with dozens of outlets singing the video praises, including the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo!, Gawker, The Daily Beast, Wired, and Radar.

Second up - a genius Webby red carpet video - The Webby Internet Pop Quiz by AOL’s Urlesque. Test it and see how well you know the Interwebs.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 03, 2010 at 1:27 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Stars turn out for 14th Annual Webby Awards

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 19, 2010

A who’s who of Internet superstars, including Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Bateman, Roger Ebert, OK Go, and Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, turned out for The 14th Annual Webby Awards in New York City. More than 60 major media outlets covered the red carpet and ceremony, which was hosted by B.J. Novak of The Office.

Coverage included Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Fox News Channel, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post’s Page Six, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Gawker, and The Los Angeles Times.

Winners once again dazzled the audience with The Webbys’ famous five-word speeches. Our favorites - both musical - were from viral video sensations P.S. 22 Chorus and Auto-tune the News.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:48 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

14th Annual Webby Awards Announced

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 19, 2010

Twitter, foursquare, Zach Galifianakis, David After Dentist, Texts from Last Night, Hulu, Mashable, and ColbertNation are among the Internet and pop culture superstars nominated this week for The 14th Annual Webby Awards, the Internet’s top honor. PKPR kicked off the Webby Awards season by arranging television interviews on outlets such as CNN, Reuters, and Good Day News York (see video clips below).  Coverage for the nominee announcement spanned far and wide, including, Reuters, People, Wall Street Journal, CBC, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Gawker, AoL’s Urlesque, The Daily Telegraph, Fast Company, and Entertainment Weekly

Permalink | Posted on Apr 19, 2010 at 11:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Webby Awards Names Decade’s Top Internet Moments

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 20, 2009

Capping a decade dominated by the Internet, The Webby Awards this week released its list of the ten most influential Internet moments of the 2000s.

From the 2001 demise of Napster sparking a wave of innovation that transformed entertainment to the 2009 Iranian election protests demonstrating the power of Twitter and other social network in reshaping democracy, the list spotlights a diverse mix of pivotal Internet milestones that defined the first decade of the 21st century. Other highlights of the Webby survey include Craigslist expanding outside of San Francisco (2000), Google’s IPO (2004), Facebook opening up to non-college students (2006), and the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

PKPR secured coverage of the list far and wide, including CNN, ABC News, Reuters, CBC, Huffington Post, AFP, and Los Angeles Times. The list has been retweeted on Twitter more than 3000 times, reaching millions of people around the world and sparking widespread debate on the list.  Many outlets - from the Sydney Morning Herald to the CBC - are inviting their readers to submit their own favorite Web milestones.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Video Helps Launch 2010 Webby Awards

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 22, 2009

To help promote the call for entries for the 14th Annual Webby Awards in June 2010, PKPR worked with the Webby team to conceive and produce a video featuring past Webby winners delivering the awards’ famous five-word speeches. The video asks potential entrants: If you only had five words, what would you say?

PKPR was successful in securing wide coverage for the call for entries announcement, with many outlets posting the video with the articles, including USA Today, AOL Walletpop, The Presurfer, AdGabber, Neatorama, and Mediabistro. To date, the video has been viewed by more than 10,000 times.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 22, 2009 at 8:14 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Webby Awards on CNN

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 10, 2009

You can follow the Wall Street Journal’s live-tweeting of the ceremony here or watch all of the winners’ five-word speeches at The Official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. And Huffington Post readers pick their favorite speeches—including a “best of” speeches slideshow - here.

Our favorite:


Permalink | Posted on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Jimmy Fallon and Twitter Among Webby Honorees

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 12, 2009

Jimmy Fallon, Trent Reznor, Sarah Silverman, Twitter, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Lisa Kudrow, and Seth MacFarlane are among the Internet superstars who will be honored with Webby Special Achievement Awards at the 13th Annual Webby Awards on June 8th.

Check out AP, Reuters, People, and AFP to find out why. 

Tune in to the official Webby Awards YouTube channel on June 9th to hear all of the winners’ famous five-word speeches.

Permalink | Posted on May 12, 2009 at 1:03 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

2009 Webby Awards Nominees Announced

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 14, 2009

PKPR today announced the nominations for the 13th Annual Webby Awards. Coverage included CNN, Reuters, E! Online, People, Los Angeles Times,, Adweek, San Francisco Chronicle, Access Hollywood, and CNET

Check out Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies on The Loop on G4TV.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Web Video Stars Promote Webby Entries

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 15, 2008

Tony vs. Paul vs. Webby from Webby Awards on Vimeo.

To promote the 2009 call for entries, The Webby Awards enlisted some of the biggest names in Internet video, including Barely Political, You Suck at Photoshop, and Jake and Amir, to create videos for a special campaign.

PKPR helped spread word about the campaign by giving leading bloggers a first look at the original videos before they went live online. Coverage included Boing Boing, Wired, AOL’s Urlesque, New Tee Vee, Backstage, Tilzy.TV, Documentary, and Broadcasting & Cable.

You can check out all of the videos here.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 15, 2008 at 7:25 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Future of Web Debated at WebbyConnect

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 24, 2008

Laguna Beach was the setting for WebbyConnect 2009, the annual summit of Webby Awards winners, judges, and industry leaders. Speakers from NY Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger to Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan turned out to debate the future of online media and entertainment. To give people around the world a front row seat, PKPR worked closely with the Webby team to create the WebbyConnect blog, which showcased video updates, photos, and coverage from outlets like The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, CNET, New York Observer, The New York Times, PaidContent, and The Industry Standard.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 24, 2008 at 2:15 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Webby Awards Take Over New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 16, 2008

We’re just about recovered from the 12th Annual Webby Awards celebrations, which took course over three days last week in New York City.

Some of our favorite coverage:

- The Guardian U.K’s minute-by-minute live blog coverage

- An MSNBC photographer shows and tells what it’s like to be a herded behind the velvet rope on the red carpet.

- Huffington Post’s first-hand take on the evening’s festivities

- New York Post’s Page Six gives the scoop on The Webby Awards’ famous five-word speeches

- Wall Street Journal’s brilliant Web video segment featuring highlights of all the best speeches and some great red carpet moments

Permalink | Posted on Jun 16, 2008 at 9:00 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

David Byrne Gets a Webby

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 09, 2008

The Webby Awards announced this week that David Byrne will receive this year’s Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a visionary career that has pushed the boundaries of music, art, and technology. PKPR generated coverage on Byrne’s award in outlets from E! Online and the Los Angeles Times to Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, BoingBoing.

Permalink | Posted on May 09, 2008 at 11:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Colbert, Among Webby Winner

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 07, 2008

The Webby Awards announced winners and special achievement honorees yesterday. PKPR pre-pitched stories to The Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, People, and Variety among others. As of this morning, more than 300 articles and blog posts about the winners were published online.

Permalink | Posted on May 07, 2008 at 11:50 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Webby Awards on Good Morning America

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 05, 2007

To help drive entries for the 2008 Webby Film and Video Awards, PKPR recommended that the Webbys develop a list of the 12 most influential Web video moments of all time.

The final list, which included everything from the Star Wars Kid to Senator George Allen’s infamous “macaca” incident, attracted major attention. PKPR secured segments Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies on Good Morning America, Fox News Channel, ABC News, and Public Radio International, and placed items on leading blogs from Boing Boing to Screenhead.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 05, 2007 at 12:00 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Ellen Page Plugs Not One, But Two PKPR Clients

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 28, 2007

Check out this clip of Oscar nominee and Juno star Ellen Page on VH1’s Best Week Ever.

Fresh off her win at The Gotham Awards the night before, Page reveals that she also secretly envies taking home a Webby Award.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 28, 2007 at 10:37 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bowie, YouTube Founders Honored at 11th Annual Webby Awards

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 11, 2007

For the 10th year in a row, MKPR managed publicity for The Webby Awards, which were held in New York City on June 5, 2007. Coverage spanned from CNN, AP Television, NPR, and ABC News to New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Gawker. Watch the TV coverage and read what media outlets around the world are saying.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 11, 2007 at 12:43 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

New York Times Profiles Webby Awards

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 08, 2005

Check out the lead story across the front page of today’s Arts Section of The New York Times.  David Carr brings readers behind the scenes of The Webby Awards, revealing why it has become a pop culture phenomenon.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 08, 2005 at 10:17 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

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