Eureka director wins Webby Award

SYDNEY – Wednesday, 7 May 2008      

The 12th Annual Webby Awards, today named SkillsOne as the Winner of the Best Association Website for 2008. Eureka Pacific director Kathryn Franco has been on secondment for the past 18 months at The Australian Channel to set up the digital media department for the SkillsOne project.

SkillsOne is an initiative of The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence and was designed to promote trades and skills in an interactive environment in order to address Australia’s trade skills shortage. Only nine months old skillsone.com.au has defied the odds and taken out this coveted award against more established global websites.

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet.

The Webby Awards is presented by theInternational Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the judging panel is made up of David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, AKQA Global Creative Director Rei Inamoto, Richard Branson and R/GA CEO Bob Greenberg.

Webby_LogoWinners will be honoured at two star-studded ceremonies in New York City: The Webby Film & Video Awards on June 9th and The 12th Annual Webby Awards Gala on June 10th. Executive Director of The Webby Awards, David-Michel Davies said the awards recognised the best websites globally. “The Webby Awards honour the outstanding Websites that are setting the standards for the Internet. The SkillsOne Webby Award win is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators” said Davies.

Creative Director of SkillsOne at The Australian Channel, and well-recognised film director and television producer Peter Faiman said creativity was essential in promoting trades and skills to Australians. “Cost effective creative innovation is a key driving force behind the content and presentation of SkillsOne. We feel very proud this creativity has been recognised by the Internet community which continues to distinguish itself in the process of forging a new and profound communications art form” said Peter Faiman.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past headline-grabbing speechmakers include Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote”), Beastie Boys (“Can anyone fix my computer?”), and Prince (“Everything you think is true.”).

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About SkillsOne

SkillsOne is a cutting edge, fully integrated multi-platform project produced by The Australian Channel for The Institute of Trade Skills Excellence. SkillsOne comprises of SkillsOne Television which screens on Foxtel/Austar’s Aurora Channel (183) for 18 hours a week and is integrated with the broadband video-based SkillsOne website. skillsone.com.au presents high quality videos that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as broadcast weekly on Foxtel/Austar’s Aurora Channel 183. The videos, along with other content provide visitors to skillsone.com.au with all the information they need to get started in a trade skill and also information for employers looking to employers apprentices.

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 and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received a record 9,500 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide.

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