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Indiewire wins 2012 Webby Award.

Indiewire Website Wins Webby as Best Website in Movie and Film Category

NEW YORK -- Indiewire has won the 2012 Webby Award as Best Website in the Movie and Film category. The award will be presented at the 16th annual Webby award ceremony to be held this evening at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

Indiewire won the Webby Award for its new website, which launched in October of 2011 with an all-new design and new features. Indiewire previously won a Webby Award in 2003.

As the leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the film industry and moviegoers alike, Indiewire features comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well as industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews and movie reviews. In addition to its news site, the Indiewire website hosts an acclaimed blog network featuring regular columns from many of the greatest names in film journalism and criticism.

"We are pleased that Indiewire's new website has been recognized with this tremendous honor by IADAS and The Webby Awards," stated Rick Allen, CEO of Indiewire parent company SnagFilms. "We're just as proud that the film business and film fans worldwide look to Indiewire for the best news coverage and commentary in the industry."

"As Indiewire continues to lead the way in film journalism, and continues its outstanding growth, we're truly honored that the web industry has recognized our website for its content and design with this award," stated, Dana Harris, Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of Indiewire.

About Indiewire

Indiewire has been the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community for over 15 years, with comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews. Its website (indiewire.com) includes special sections for high-profile film festivals, filmmaker and industry blogs, as well as resources and tools for emerging and established filmmakers. Indiewirewas lauded as a "must read" by Variety, branded the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community" by Forbes, and dubbed "best indie crossroads" by film critic Roger Ebert. In addition to its 2012 Webby Award win, Indiewire previously won a Webby Award in 2003.

About SnagFilms

SnagFilms features free, sponsor-supported, on demand viewing of more than 3,000 award-winning, fiction and non-fiction titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms' curated collection is viewed on its own site and a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast's XfinityTV.com, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, AOL/Huffington Post, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs -- and via its applications for tablets, including Apple's iPad (AirPlay-enabled), Amazon's Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and other Android-based tablets; Android smartphones; OTT platforms Roku, Boxee and Western Digital; connected TVs and blu-ray players from Sony and Panasonic, and soon to launch on connected TVs and blu-ray players from Samsung and Vizio. SnagFilms' titles have been featured on more than 3.5 billion pageviews across its network.

SnagFilms also offers selected titles via pay video on demand with Comcast, iN Demand (including Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks), Verizon's FiOS and DIRECTV, as well as on iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon, VUDU, Xbox Live, Google Play, YouTube Movies, and will soon be launching on DISH Network and Samsung Media Hub. SnagFilms was named one of the fastest growing technology companies in Washington, DC area. Gizmodo has named SnagFilms as a "Best iPad App," OVGuide has twice named SnagFilms a Top Site, and MovieMaker Magazine named SnagFilms to its annual list of "50 Best Websites for Moviemakers." The SnagFilms family also includes Indiewire.

About The Webby Awards

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 16th 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 in The Webby Awards include, Yahoo!, Vitamin T, MLB Advanced Media, Rackspace Hosting, JWT, The Atom Group, Financial Times, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Guardian News and Media.
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