Call for entries also announced on Thursday for 18th annual Awards, which will be held this spring
“House of Cards” producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti will join the judging panel for the 18th Annual Webby Awards, which launched its official Call for Entries on Thursday.
Also named to the panel: “Burning Love” producers Ken Marino and Erica Oyama, Droga5 founder David Droga, TED Media executive producer June Cohen, GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) inventor Steve Wilhite also will make up the panel, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced.
They join over a 1000 IADAS, members such as Harvey Weinstein, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, and Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington.
The Webbys’ early entry deadline to submit works for consideration is Nov. 1. Nominees will be announced in April and with the ceremony will take place later in the spring of 2014.
The Webbys celebrates the year’s best digital experiences, showcasing the websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, mobile, apps and social media that have captured the attention of internet users around the world.
Spacey and Brunetti were honored during last year's ceremony with with a Webby Special Achievement for their work on Netflix's political drama, while Marino and Oyama also received a Webby Special Achievement for their work on their hit Yahoo! comedy series.
On top of new judges, there are also new categories. The Webbys has partnered with Webby Academy member and New York City Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot to create a new suite of categories highlighting the social media campaigns and web and mobile applications that enhance the experience of urban living.
Building on the progress of the newly founded Digital City Council, a global platform for city officials to openly share best practices and approaches to improving city life through technology, the new City and Urban Innovation awards categories will honor work that uses technology and digital media to improve life in metropolitan areas.
“Over the past 18 years, The Webby Awards has celebrated the powerful impact of the internet, as it transforms economies, communities, organizations, brands, and culture,” David-Michel Davies, Webby Awards president, said in a statement. “We look forward to recognizing new technologies and platforms that revolutionize the way we work and live as a way to inspire innovation globally.”