Variety has scored a nomination alongside the New York Times and other top-tier publications for best news website at the 18th annual Webby Awards.
Variety.com will also compete against illustrious general-interest publications including the Guardian, Wired and Rolling Stone for the award, which will be handed out at the Webby ceremony in New York on May 20.
The nomination comes just over a year since Penske Media Corporation reintroduced Variety.com to the marketplace with free access to breaking news and in-depth analysis for the entertainment industry. The ambitious redesign has clearly resonated with Variety‘s global audience, achieving incredible traffic growth that has continued into 2014.
“While we’ve always strove for excellence in the entertainment news category online, this recognition from the Webbys elevates Variety to a place among some of the most distinguished news brands in the world,” said Andrew Wallenstein, editor-in-chief, digital, at Variety. “We’re truly honored to get this kind of validation from an iconic awards franchise in the digital space.”
Described as “the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet,” the Webby Awards were introduced in 1996 by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The judging body is comprised of experts from a wide range of fields including actor Kevin Spacey, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet’s core protocols. In addition to news, the Webbys honor websites across a broad range of fields including art, law, medicine and consumer electronics.
While that body will vote to determine who wins the Webby Award, there is a second set of awards — The Webby People’s Voice Award — that allows non-IADAS members to vote for the most deserving brand in each category. Be among the millions who make their voices heard by voting for Variety on the Webby voting page.
“This nomination is a reflection of a lot of hard work across the entire Variety organization,” said Wallenstein, who serves as editor-in-chief along with Claudia Eller (film) and Cynthia Littleton (TV). “I especially want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our Web team, led by Variety.com editor Stuart Oldham.”
Variety.com was relaunched in March 2013 with a greater emphasis on all media including photos and videos to complement the written world. The Variety.com redesign was executed by New York-based Code and Theory.