New York, NY, April 17, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- The Webby Awards, the premier awards honoring online content, today nominated Cool Hunting Video (coolhunting.com/video) for the Best Music/Variety of 2007. The series was also named an honoree in News/Documentary/Public Service.
Winners will be announced on 1 May 2007 and then honored at The First Annual Webby Film & Video Awards in New York City on 4 June 2007. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian and actor Rob Corddry, star of Fox’s new sitcom “The Winner” and a former correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Nominees and winners of The Webby Film & Video Awards will also become part of The Museum of Moving Image's collection of over 125,000 moving image-related artifacts.
Since its launch in 2005, Cool Hunting Video’s mix of journalistic reporting and entertainment produced by boutique production company ‘m ss ng p eces’ has received wide acclaim the world over. Covering an eclectic range of subjects such as the rare blossoming of an obscure six-foot “Corpse Flower” and an Olympic ice sculptor at work, the video series is available in short format for free on the Cool Hunting site and via iTunes.
Named one of the world’s top five video podcasts by Q magazine, Cool Hunting Video is also top-rated in the Arts category in the iTunes Store. More recently, Time magazine selected Cool Hunting Video as one of their top five podcasts of 2006 and Metropolitan Home’s May 2007 issue includes the show in their annual “Design 100.”
"The Webby Film & Video Awards honor the outstanding filmmakers and individuals who are helping to shape the future of online film and video," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “Cool Hunting Video’s Webby Film & Video Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators."
“The fact that an established institution like The Webbys has chosen to add online film and video as a new category this year is a testament that short-form-broadband content is finally becoming widely accepted,” said Josh Rubin, founding editor of Cool Hunting. “We're thrilled that the they have recognized our dedication to quality, detail and innovation in the medium.”
As a nominee for a Webby Film & Video Award, Cool Hunting Video is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from 10-27 April 2007 at http://peoplesvoice.webbyawards.com
About Cool Hunting Video - Started in 2003 as a way to catalog inspiration in his practice as a designer and user-experience strategist, Josh Rubin's Cool Hunting has been an update that designers, consumers and marketers from around the world now visit daily to get their dose. Like the site, weekly episodes of Cool Hunting Video go on location to cover intersections of design, culture and technology. Launched in 2005, the production company m ss ng p eces (missingpieces.tv) have been co-producing the video series since the beginning. Cool Hunting is published by Captain Lucas, Inc.
About m ss ng p eces
m ss ng p eces (missingpieces.tv) is a boutique video production company showcasing artists, events, companies, and their inspiration through an innovative short film format. Specializing in online distribution, they are passionate about creativity, technology and are committed to high production values.
About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.
About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Internet inventor and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.