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internet week new york to launch first-ever festival headquarters with support from first-time sponsors yahoo!, pepsi, microsoft, and iac


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Metropolitan Pavilion to serve as Internet Week’s hub; Organizers expect over 125 events throughout New York City from June 7th-14th



New York, NY (February 10, 2010) — With the first-time support of four major companies - presenting sponsor Yahoo! Inc, official sponsor Pepsi, and supporting sponsors Microsoft and IAC – Internet Week New York today announced its first-ever Internet Week Headquarters at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion.

The headquarters will give the citywide festival a centralized hub for conferences, exhibits, and events, in addition to the more than 125 events expected to be hosted by organizations throughout the city from June 7th – 14th.

The support of the three-year old festival by blue-chip companies such as Yahoo! reflects its rapid emergence as one of the leading annual gatherings of Internet leaders and innovators.

Internet Week New York 2009 drew an estimated 15,000 attendees from around the globe to more than 110 conferences, panels, exhibits, parties and networking events throughout the city. Hosted by a broad array of organizations, including YouTube, Time Warner, Yelp, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Digg, Digitas, Federated Media, The Webby Awards and Thrillist, events featured Internet, media, entertainment and business leaders including Al Gore, Barry Diller, Rupert Murdoch, Biz Stone, Martha Stewart and others.

Reflecting the Internet’s open structure, Internet Week New York encourages any organization – from startups and artists to major media companies and investment banks – to host an event during the festival. Events range from conferences and educational programming to meetups and late-night parties.

The new Internet Week Headquarters will create space for a range of events, from a 400-person theater to a 12,000 square foot interactive exposition space for leading arts and technology installations.

As the presenting sponsor of the festival, Yahoo!, will host events throughout Internet Week. Official sponsor Pepsi will bring its commitment to NYC’s innovation community to life through headquarters installations and communications programs. Supporting sponsors will also contribute to the Internet Week Headquarters, with Microsoft hosting a technology gallery and IAC showcasing the latest from its brands, in addition to hosting a premier event to be held at its Frank Gehry-designed Headquarters. A number of other events will take place at the festival Headquarters, including a major two-day conference on the future of interactive advertising presented by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

“We’re thrilled that support from leaders like Yahoo!, Pepsi, Microsoft, and IAC will allow us to continue to grow Internet Week New York,” said David-Michel Davies, Chairman, Internet Week New York. “Their backing signals growing industry-wide recognition that Internet Week is a leading platform for growing the industry.”

“Internet Week New York has quickly become an influential gathering of the world’s top thinkers in digital culture and commerce,” said Commissioner Katherine Oliver, the New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. “This year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better thanks to the new and continued participation of our partners throughout the City, proving New York City is home to important online and new media innovation.”

To learn more about sponsorship and event opportunities, visit http://www.internetweekny.com. Organizations interested in participating at the headquarters or around the city can contact Katherine Elsasser (Katherine@internetweekny.com) to get involved.

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

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 international award honoring excellence on the Internet. 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, THEATRE AND BROADCASTING
The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is the one-stop shop for all production needs in New York City, providing free permits, free exterior 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 digital content, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as an invaluable resource to the New York City entertainment production industry.

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