Hard-To-Come-By Tickets To Webby Awards 2000 To Be Auctioned

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 1, 2000 – The Webby Awards 2000 (http://www.webbyawards.com) announced today that two tickets for its invitation-only May 11th event will be auctioned on eBay, with proceeds going to the restoration of Huntington Park's historic "Fountain of the Tortoises".

Beginning today, fans can bid for the hard-to-come-by tickets (item #320149585) on eBay http://www.ebay.com by going to the "Theatre Tickets" category in the "Everything Else" section.

The 1910 bronze and marble fountain and Huntington Park will serve as the centerpiece for the Webby Awards post-ceremony celebration. Donated to San Francisco more than 40 years ago, it is an exact reproduction of the original in Rome's Piazza Mattei. Joining forces on the restoration project are the The Nob Hill Association, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Nob Hill community, and countless other sponsors.

Widely hailed as "the Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. The awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a diverse, 350-person organization whose members include David Bowie, Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Williams, Julia Child and Esther Dyson. The Webby Awards have become the industry's hottest ticket thanks to its eclectic judges, outrageous fashions, and mandatory five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

Fan who are out-bid can still catch the ceremony on Yahoo! Entertainment's live Internet broadcast at (http://entertainment.yahoo.com/webby), beginning at 6:15 PM PDT, May 11th.

About the Webby Awards

Widely hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. Nominees and winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards are an IDG event. Sponsors for the 2000 Webby Awards include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Modem Media, Flyswat, Visa, Warburg Dillon Read, BeSeen, Xpedior, AboveNet, Audi, commission junction, worldlyinvestor.com, PlanetClick, Adauction.com, Fleishman Hillard, netRaker, The Creative Group, Netpulse, Ofoto.com, Entertainment Weekly, Business 2.0, Access Magazine, NewCity.com, Metropolis Editorial, MVFX and MVFXi, divisions of Manex Entertainment, Inc., ArtByte, MacWorld, San Francisco Bay Guardian, MacWorld Expo, MSN bCentral, Internet World, Upside Media, EMC, and We Also Walk Dogs. Balloting is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The live Webcast is produced by USA Video Interactive and hosted by Yahoo! Entertainment

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical and professional progress of new media. The goal of the IADAS is to assemble a unique and brilliant panel of leading new media experts, Web visionaries, journalists and luminaries to propel the new medium through the new millennium. IADAS currently boasts over 200 members, including such diverse experts as film director Francis Ford Coppola, musician David Bowie, Chair of Miramax Talk Media Tina Brown, cyber-guru Esther Dyson, Simpson's creator Matt Groening, Infoseek Chairman Steve Kirsch and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, as well as writers and editors from such publications as Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, ARTBYTE, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, Forbes, Premier, PC World and Jane. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.

About IDG

The Webby Awards are a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.