WebbyConnect to Bring Together 250 Leaders from The New York Times, Huffington Post, Time Warner, BoingBoing, CondeNet, Tumblr, MIT and More for Annual Summit in Dana Point, CA

NEW YORK (RUSHPRNEWS)August 4, 2008 – New York Times Company Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. leads the list of Internet innovators and digital media leaders headlining the 2008 WebbyConnect Summit from October 22-24, 2008 in Dana Point, CA. organizers announced today.

Founded in 2007, WebbyConnect brings the Webby Awards’ trademark flair and style to the world of industry conferences. By gathering innovators in diverse fields such as entertainment, advertising, and politics, WebbyConnect offers a unique opportunity to connect with leaders across disciplines and delve into trends affecting other facets of the Internet.

Sulzberger, whose has won eight Webby Awards, will deliver the opening keynote. More than 250 Webby Awards winners and Academy members will attend and participate in sessions over the course of the three-day summit including Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan, Time Warner CCO Mark D’Arcy, GoFish CEO Matt Freeman, Tumblr founder David Karp, BoingBoing co-founder David Pescovitz, Sling Media President Jason Hirschorn and Treehugger founder Graham Hill.

“It’s an honor to have Arthur Sulzberger deliver the opening keynote,” said David-Michel Davies, the executive director of The Webby Awards. “As someone who transformed The New York Times Company from a print business into a global Internet company, he brings a unique perspective to the challenges and opportunities facing digital media.”

As chairman and publisher of the New York Times Company since 1997, Sulzberger has been instrumental in making the No.1 newspaper-owned Web site in the world. During his tenure, the company also expanded its Internet presence with sites such as,, and Reflecting the company’s leadership online, received eight 2008 Webby Awards, more than any other site, in categories ranging from news and video to mobile listings and animation.

Exploring the future of the Internet and emerging media, the summit will showcase panels on a wide range of provocative topics – from Internet “dark arts” like splogs and fleecing ads to the secrets of overnight Web stardom to “green” Web marketing. The full roster of keynotes and panelists will be announced later this summer. To register now for WebbyConnect passes, visit

Last year’s keynote speakers included Michael Eisner, Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf and Arianna Huffington.

About The Webby Awards
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Web sites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Nokia; .ORG; Level 3; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Adweek; The New York Times, Variety; Wired; IDG; Pequot Ventures; Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

For calendar listings:

What: WebbyConnect
When: October 22-24, 2008
Where: The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Dana Point, CA
Contact: Patrick Kowalczyk (
Gita Chandra (
PKPR, 212.627.8098


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