Ceremony to be held June 4 in New York

NBC’s “The Office Webisodes,” Eepybird.com’s “Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments” and National Geographic Digital Media’s “Atmosphere 2006″ were among the honorees of the inaugural Webby Film and Video Awards, announced Tuesday.

Kudofest honors Web sites, online film and video, interactive advertising and mobile content.

Confirming the increasing relevance of YouTube and Google to the entertainment world, special achievement kudos for acting went to “Ninja,” the star of the breakout online comedy series “Ask a Ninja,” and Jessica Lee Rose, star of the fictional video diary “lonelygirl15.”

Webby judging panel is comprised of over 80 industryites including the Sundance Channel’s Larry Aidem, Showtime chief Matt Blank, Fox Filmed Entertainment chair Jim Gianopulos, and Weinstein Co. topper Harvey Weinstein.

Award ceremony, hosted by comedian Rob Corddry, will be held June 4 in Gotham.

All Webby nominees and winners will become part of the Museum of Moving Image’s collection of moving image-related artifacts.

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