‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ Award Nomination

The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Web, has nominated Industrial Light & Magic’s “The Show” microsite (www.ilm.com/theshow) featuring Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” for the Best Movie and Film and the Best Use of Moving Image and Video of 2007. The site was created by DHAP Digital, Inc., winner of the 2006 People’s Voice Award for the Build Your Scion vehicle configurator.

Showcasing the Academy Award(R)-winning visual effects created by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), “The Show” is a rich interactive application that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and technology used to bring Director Gore Verbinski’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” characters and environments to life. “It was important to us to create a site that truly complemented the magic and technical expertise of the ILM visual effects team,” said David Nakabayashi, Creative Director of ILM’s art department. “DHAP Digital created an immersive experience that was both exciting and educational for site visitors.”

Winners will be announced on May 1, 2007 and honored at The 11th Annual Webby Awards Gala in New York City on June 5th. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian and actor Rob Corddry, star of Fox’s new sitcom “The Winner” and a former correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

“The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “The Show’s Nominee selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

Philip Dzilvelis, President of DHAP Digital, said,”ILM encouraged us to be creative in our presentation, allowing us to go beyond the typical ‘film clip’ movie site to create more interactive features, such as our periscope viewer that lets site visitors see original shots underneath the layered visual effects and our ‘Real or ILM’ game that showcases the wizardry of the ILM computer graphics.”

As a nominee for a Webby Award, “The Show” is also eligible to win two People’s Voice Awards. Voting is open to the public from April 10th to April 27th at peoplesvoice.webbyawards.com

The 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards is known worldwide for its famous five-word speeches. DHAP Digital’s 2006 acceptance speech? “Now hiring in San Francisco!”

About DHAP Digital, Inc.
DHAP Digital, Inc. (www.dhapdigital.com) develops, implements, maintains and supports custom Internet-based software solutions and back-end technologies that help clients to achieve their business goals. DHAP Digital’s project managers, architects and developers assist with the strategic evaluation, selection and deployment of technology; designing, building and deployment of custom application software; and integrating with off-the-shelf and legacy proprietary systems. The company has an impressive record of delivering solutions to Fortune 500 and other corporate customers across a wide spectrum of industries. DHAP Digital serves as a partner amongst their clients’ trusted advisors and vendors in the areas of strategic technology consulting, application and systems architecture, software and system development, quality assurance testing, systems deployment, and Internet application infrastructure support. DHAP Digital is a profitable, privately held company in business since 1998.

www.dhapdigital.com

About Industrial Light & Magic
Industrial Light & Magic is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects. ILM has been awarded 15 Academy Awards(R) for Best Visual Effects and received 19 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards.

About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 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; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Internet inventor and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.
www.iadas.net




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