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The 1st annual Lovie Awards unveils judges and awards celebration party

THE 1ST ANNUAL LOVIE AWARDS UNVEILS JUDGES AND AWARDS CELEBRATION PARTY

– The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announces the line-up of European members to judge The Lovie Awards –

7 October, 2011, London: The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) – the industry leading organisation responsible for presenting the world-renowned Webby Awards, Internet Week New York and Internet Week Europe – today unveils the latest line- up of world class judges for The Lovie Awards, the European sister awards of the Webbys, and the details of The Lovie Award Winners celebration party.

They are the first-ever European awards to honour and celebrate the crème de la crème of Europe’s best websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, as well as mobile and apps. Entries are accepted in five different European languages, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. The highest scoring entry from each language group will also be recognised with an award.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which nominates and selects The Lovie Award Winners, comprises an outstanding line-up of European web industry experts, including startup experts Reshma Sohoni of SeedCamp, Stefan Glaentzer of Whitebear Yard, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch Europe and TechHub, Deezer founder Jonathan Benassaya and Stefano Bernardi of theStartup.eu.

The creative web is also well-represented amongst The Lovie Awards judges with leading luminaries such as Mattias Hansson of Hyper Island, Chester Chipperfield of Burberry, Nicke Bergström of Mother, the renowned musician Imogen Heap, fashion blogger Poppy Disney, Sandrine Murcia of Spring Lab, and Alexander Ljung of SoundCloud.
For a full list of the European judges, please visit http://www.lovieawards.eu/judges/

“The first Lovie Awards winners will span the European industry’s most innovative, practical and entertaining pioneers of today’s internet,” says David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of IADAS. “We are very excited to reveal that the awards’ show, doubling up as the grand finale of Internet Week Europe 2011, will be held on Friday 11 November, in the legendary St Luke’s Hawksmoor church, Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG, near the bustling Silicon Roundabout. St Luke’s will be decked out in full red carpet glamour for the glitzy and stylish evening party celebrating the best of the best.”

Nicolas Roope, The Lovie Awards Chair, and co-chair of Internet Week Europe as well as creative director of Poke says: “All across Europe we’ve found the same enthusiasm for what the Lovie Awards are trying to do. Sifting, sorting and celebrating the very best of the European internet scene will help to secure the region’s world-leading position and invigorate connections across our community.”

Inaugural sponsors and partners of The Lovie Awards include: Yahoo!, Aquent, Behance, BIMA, TVN, Ninja Marketing, Sapient Nitro and The Financial Times.

The deadline for The Lovie Awards has been extended to 7th October, 2011.

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Notes to Editors:

About The Lovie Awards
The Lovie Awards has been created to specifically honour achievement and the huge amount of outstanding work in Europe while taking into account local market differences.Hence, it is open to entries in five different European languages, as a recognition of the unique and resonant nature of the European internet community.

Work can be entered in 4 main category types: websites, mobile apps, online film & video, interactive advertising & media. Within the four groups, there are a number of sub- categories, over 70 in total, ranging from experimental websites and viral video through to mobile innovation, apps and integrated campaigns.

Entries can be submitted online through The Lovie Awards entry platform: http://entries.lovieawards.eu/

About Internet Week Europe
Internet Week Europe is a festival to celebrate Europe’s thriving internet industry and community.

Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, Internet Week Europe is the top annual gathering for tech and Internet leaders in Europe, and reflects Europe’s position as one of the core creative centres of the Internet world.

Internet Week Europe 2010 – attracted more than 10,000 attendees and featured over 125 events. These were organised and presented across London by 69 different partners including Yahoo!, Creative Review, The Webby Awards, BBC Comedy, Yelp, Google, Skype, Wieden + Kennedy, The Guardian, and New Media Age. Festival highlights included industry panels and conferences, career and networking events, screenings, exhibits, breakfasts, live performances, parties and even a digerati cycling tour.

Internet Week Europe 2011 sponsors include presenting sponsor Yahoo!, and official sponsor Aquent.

Internet Week Europe 2011 is expected to draw more than 15,000 delegates to more than 200 events. Reflecting the Internet’s open structure, any organisation – from artists and investment banks to startups and meetups – can host an event during Internet Week Europe 2011. There is no fee.

Visit http://www.internetweekeurope.com

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 honour for Web sites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. Since 2008, IADAS has also presented Internet Week New York in cooperation with the city of New York. 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.

For further information please contact:
Sophia Tagliavore, Internet Week Europe
E: sophia@internetweekeurope.com
T: +44 (0)2077495354

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