Friday, June 23, 2000

Bits & Bytes -and- Shakers & Stirrers 6/23/00

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esävio Welcomes Execs
Smith Joins Omnient
Swanson Ends ChickClick Fling
Abrams Joins Iguana

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Photodex adds to its list of photo community site offerings
Photodex Corporation designs, develops and publishes leading edge digital content management, picture CD, scanning, digital camera and multimedia solutions. They have actively published quality software products for most platforms since 1987 and have successfully distributed products licensable online for the past 8 years. On Thursday, June 22, 2000 Photodex added to its offerings of photo community sites available for users to upload their pictures onto. has thousands of current users and expects this number to increase considerably with the added distribution, download and use from this arrangement. allows users to create, edit and delete online photo albums. Users have the opportunity to decide if they want their album public or private. One fun and unique feature of's site is the displaying of members' pictures chosen randomly from their public albums. is the exclusive online photo album choice for Cocktails with Courtney events.

2000 - 2001 Golden Web Award to
Madison Relaunches Website
FEED Studies City Life
Yack Content Travels to UK
City Harvest and Fight Hunger
Online Ad Business to Reach US $28 Billion by 2005,
USA Swimming Chooses CTA and Touchscreen
Morgan Creek Productions and Centerseat Select Winner to Build Soccer Stars' Websites, Cleans-Up in Latest Round of Awards



2000 - 2001 Golden Web Award to
The International Association of Web Masters and Designers announced today that it has awarded the 2000 - 2001 Golden Web Award. The IAWD is dedicated to "the recognition of creativity, integrity, and excellence on the World Wide Web." This marks the WWW award debut for Follis, the New York shop known for it's award winning and effective traditional advertising. Among other things, the site offers the "Advertising Time Machine" and a "Guess
Who" game which features eyes of famous people. Winning contestants receive a wild t-shirt. The site can be viewed at

Madison Relaunches Website
MADISON's newly re-launched Website,, is the perfect compliment to the magazine: Both are dedicated to the power of the written word and the impact of the visual image. Both balance a modern visual aesthetic with an intelligent and uniquely textured editorial voice. provides a free sneak preview of each issue before it hits the newsstands and the site is updated with new material every two weeks. The Website is a quick way of accessing the provocative writing and striking images that have made such a strong impression on MADISON's discerning, smart and diverse readers.

FEED Studies City Life
In its edgiest special issue yet, FEED ( immerses readers in city life with a collection of essays and interviews designed as a launching point for other urban explorations. "Street Level," the 10th special issue from the acclaimed online magazine, debuted last week. As fascinating to explore as a city itself, "Street Level" will offer up a feast of urban studies. Six noted journalists will ruminate on a single block in their respective cities; a panoramic "walking tour" will accompany each from Berlin, London, Singapore, Los Angeles, and Warsaw. "Street Level" will also feature an annotated list of metropolitan web cams, providing direct, live access to the pageantry -- varying hugely in scope and style -- of 20 cities worldwide. The special issue also features traditional essays in FEED's vein of provocative, witty, and thoughtful social and cultural criticism. Among them: Erik Baard, Andrey Slivka and Geoff Dyer.

Yack Content Travels to UK
Expanding its reach in the United Kingdom, YackSM, the Internet Program GuideSM, signed a deal with British Telecommunications (BT) to provide its comprehensive online event listings across BT's multiple Internet platforms, including narrowband ISP and broadband DSL access, throughout the United Kingdom. This latest partnership reflects Yack's
growing involvement in the European community. The company already has a distribution deal with leading European Internet communications company World Online International, and has been publishing content specifically geared for the European audience (events scheduled for the GMT time zone) for almost a year.

City Harvest and Fight Hunger, the online restaurant reservation network, and City Harvest, the nation’s oldest and largest food rescue organization, have teamed up to fight hunger. They're kicking off the partnership with an online donation drive for the month of June.  Every time someone registers at through June 30, a $1 dollar donation will be made in the name of the registrant to City Harvest. Each donation supplies enough food for one meal for a hungry child in New York City. registrants will get all of the benefits of membership in the network, including real-time 24-hour online access to the reservation books at hundreds of the country’s best restaurants, and a unique dining rewards program that rewards them for
Making reservations at their favorite restaurants online.

Online Ad Business to Reach US $28 Billion by 2005,
Total online advertising revenues are expected to grow to US $28 billion worldwide by 2005, up from US $4.3 billion in 1999, positioning the Internet as the first marketing medium to offer global reach, according to Jupiter Communications, Inc. However, the majority of companies that market globally will be ill-prepared to leverage the Internet to communicate with consumers worldwide. Nearly six percent of all global advertising revenue is expected to be spent on the Web by 2005. Jupiter analysts say that this growth will be driven, in part, by the rise of the online population worldwide, which will more than double within the next five years, rocketing from 300 million users today to 800 million users in 2005.

USA Swimming Chooses CTA and Touchscreen
The National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States chose the
CTA/Touchscreen by Computer Technology Associates (CTA) and Touchscreen Media
Group. USA Swimming plans to use the touchscreen to create its new community web site, which will launch just before the Olympic Team Trials for swimming and the Olympic Games. USA Swimming is a Group A member of the United States Olympic Committee. USA Swimming’s web site ( has built a large following of viewers with a site completely written, designed and maintained by USA Swimming. The site received over 20 million page views from July 1997 to June 2000, and site ranked 16th in the world as the most-visited sports sites by in March 1999.

Morgan Creek Productions and Centerseat Select Winner
Centerseat, the digital media and commerce facilitation company, and Morgan Creek Productions, one of Hollywood’s most successful independent film studios, have selected a winner for the Mall Mania Sweepstakes to promote the upcoming Morgan Creek/Warner Bros. motion picture “The In Crowd.” The top prize in the Mall Mania Sweepstakes is a $1000 shopping spree with one of the stars of “The In Crowd.”  The winner of the sweepstakes, who resides in Los Angeles, is currently being notified.  After that, the winner can select a star to accompany him or her on their shopping spree.  Both the drawing and the shopping spree will be incorporated into programming that will be presented on and throughout participating malls. to Build Soccer Stars' Websites
As the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Soccer Teams prepare for the 2000 Sydney Games, Chris Albright, forward with the 1999 MLS Cup Champion D.C. United, and Sara Whalen, member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Championship team, have each signed multi-year endorsement deals with, it was announced today by Craig Stoehr, CEO of, the first comprehensive worldwide online soccer network which boasts U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena as its lead soccer personality, will be the exclusive website provider for Albright and Whalen. Through this partnership, each athlete will write columns, host multiple online chat sessions, provide audio and video bites, as well as answer fan mail., Cleans-Up in Latest Round of Awards, inc, a cutting edge venue for "cross-medium digital design," has come out ahead in recent rounds of advertising and design competitions. Here's a look at the latest awards won for the team's projects: Outstanding Web Site Award in the 1999 Web Awards, a Silver and a Bronze Pencil and six merit mentions at this year's ONE SHOW. A 2000 Webby Award, the People's Choice Award, and 6 Clio Awards. CCO Hillman Curtis was listed as one of RES magazine's "Ten To Watch" in 2000 (Volume 3 No. 2). Born Magazine ( pays tribute to SKY, an eloquent piece of cross-medium, cross-discipline partnering between Hillman
Curtis and poet Christina Manning. Sky, which can be viewed at , was chosen as one of Born Magazine's top ten projects in multimedia design and will be included in the magazine's upcoming video compilation. Another feather in the cap of the design team is an exclusive feature in the Adobe Web Gallery ( Finally, Hillman
Curtis's book Flash Web Design: The Art of Motion Graphics, has reached the number one spot in two categories at both in Computers and Graphics as well as Software.

We reported that The Knot raised just 6,000 in its charity auction. The wedding site actually raised close to $30,000 for the OCRF,  $7,300 of which was from gown sales alone. The rest came from ticket sales and sponsorships. Sorry for the error!


esävio Welcomes Execs
Berwyn-based esävio, an industry-leading provider of e-business solutions,
has named two top executives: Trish Herlan takes on the post of senior vice
president of Marketing and Scott Waters heads to the position of senior vice
president of People Care. Herlan’s responsibilities will include planning
directing the marketing of esävio’s corporate brand and services to enhance
the company’s market performance.  Waters will head esävio’s national
recruiting infrastructure and develop the company’s
people care strategy.

Smith Joins Omnient
Omnient Corporation, an end-to-end e-Business solution provider
headquartered in Blue Bell, PA, has signed on Lee N. Smith as Managing
Director of its New York City office. Smith will oversee all operations of
the office, initially focusing on building a top flight team of
e-strategists, designers and application developers in New York. Once key
technical and creative positions are filled, he will concentrate on
strategy, client services and business development. Smith comes to Omnient
from Snickelways Interactive in New York, where he first served as Director
of Marketing before moving to business development. Prior to Snickelways,
Smith served as Group Account Director for Think New Ideas, Inc. in New
He holds a B.A. in history from Connecticut College and an MBA with a
concentration in marketing from The Wharton School, University of

Swanson Ends ChickClick Fling
Heidi Swanson ended her tenure at Snowball/ChickClick. After a driving
through the Southwest, Heidi plans to develop some new properties of her
She'll work on branding, positioning, developing and forecasting the first
six to 12 months of a few early-stage start-ups. She also has a new hobby
site up my sleeve, it is called KinderCreate. It is going to function as a
database of kid-friendly recipes, projects, and travel ideas designed to
encourage creative, individualistic development in kids. -Check out a beta
version at or
(login:backstage, password: pass) Want to check out photos of her February
trip to Tanzania, East Africa? Click
Good luck, Heidi!

Abrams Joins Iguana
Iguana Interactive, Inc., a creator of high bandwidth, database-driven
multimedia software, announced the addition of Michael Abrams as its new
chief technology officer.
Abrams comes to Iguana Interactive with a wealth of experience in the
high-technology arena. Prior to joining Iguana Interactive, Abrams used his
technical background to architect and implement enterprise-wide solutions
Fortune-level companies in a variety of industries.  He co-founded and
as chief technology officer of, Inc., a business-to-business Web
site for the food service industry.  Abrams was the CTO for Beverage
Marketing Technologies, where he functioned as a technical strategist in the
creation and deployment of kiosks to wine merchants