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city's media community unveils plans for first-ever internet week new york


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Comedy Central, Nokia, Digital Hollywood, Webby Awards, More to Headline Festival Organized By International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting


New York, NY (March 14, 2008) — The Internet will come to life in New York City this June when a diverse coalition of Internet trendsetters, including Nokia, The Webby Awards, The Onion, Comedy Central, Advertising 2.0 Conference, Billboard, Conversational Marketing Summit, Flavorpill, and PaidContent.org, kick off the first-ever Internet Week New York, organizers announced today.

Celebrating New York City's thriving Internet industry, the weeklong festival will take place in venues throughout the city — from performance spaces to cultural institutions — from June 3rd to June 10th, 2008.

The festival is organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

"Internet Week New York will celebrate New York City's global leadership in online commerce and culture," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "It will capture the energy, diversity, and creative spirit that are a hallmark of both New York City and the Internet."

An eclectic roster of New York's digital-media leaders is helping to shape the inaugural festival. Members of the Internet Week New York executive council include: Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; Bob Pittman, founder, The Pilot Group; Bob Greenberg, chairman, R/GA; Red Burns, Chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University; Alan Patricof, co-founder, Apax Partners; Allison Arden, publisher, AdAge; Sean Mills, president, The Onion; and John Battelle, founder, Federated Media. A full list of executive council members can be found at http://www.internetweekny.com/about/executive_council.

According to David-Michel Davies, executive director of IADAS, Internet Week New York is honoring the Web's open structure by inviting any and all organizations to participate in the festival for free. All participating organizations will have their events showcased and promoted as an Internet Week New York Official Event Partner. To sign up to participate in Internet Week New York, visit http://www.internetweekny.com.

The festival will kick off with an official Internet Week New York proclamation by the Mayor. The grand finale will be The 12th Annual Webby Awards Celebration -- three days of entertainment and industry events from June 8th - 10th.

Confirmed festival events arrange from a Billboard.com New Music Showcase to the first East Coast edition of the Conversational Marketing Summit presented by John Battelle's Federated Media to the 2008 Advertising 2.0 Conference presented by Advertising Age and Digital Hollywood. Other committed event partners include: Nokia, The Onion, Comedy Central, Founders Club, Flavorpill, The New Museum, The Museum of the Moving Image, Hollywood Reporter, Atom Films, Thrillist, PaidContent.org, and Associated Content.

A preliminary schedule of Internet Week New York events will be announced in April.

According to the New York Software Industry Alliance, over 800,000 people have technology related jobs in the New York area, far outpacing any other city in the country. New York's Economic Development Corporation has found that telecom carriers, cable companies, and Internet service providers comprise a $23 billion industry in New York City, employing 43,000 city residents.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIGITAL ARTS & SCIENCES

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was founded in 1998 to help drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. An international organization, The Academy selects the Nominees and Winners for The Webby Awards, the leading honor for Web sites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg. More information at www.iadas.net.

ABOUT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF FILM, THEATER & BROADCASTING

As the first film commission in the country, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting is the one-stop shop for all production needs in New York City, including free permits, free public locations and free police assistance. The agency markets NYC as a prime location, provides premiere customer service to production companies and facilitates production throughout the five boroughs. Whether production companies are shooting a feature film, a commercial, a television show or a music video, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as an invaluable resource on the New York City entertainment production industry.



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