N.Y. Times, PBS lead Webby noms


The nominees for the Webby Online Film & Video Awards were unveiled Tuesday, with the New York Times, National Geographic and PBS leading the way.

The New York Times has the largest presence of any organization with nine nominations. The company is up for several awards for video offerings from its T Magazine and for video segments on NYTimes.com.

National Geographic and PBS were second with five noms apiece. Nat Geo scored noms for online video work focusing on Africa along with a series on Hurricane Katrina, and PBS is up for awards for its Frontline/World Web site.

The Onion News Network and NPR received four noms apiece, and TBS Networks’ SuperDeluxe comedy site is up for three awards.

CBS is up for two prizes, including one for Wallstrip for best editing. MTV Networks also received two noms, including one for its Atom Films property in the experimental category. IAC’s CollegeHumor and My Damn Channel also have two noms each.

The Sundance Channel, IFC, Next New Networks and HBO Sports also received noms.

In the viral category, BarelyPolitical’s “I Got a Crush on Obama” and Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” were nominated.

The Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The awards ceremony for the film and video categories is June 9 in New York.

There also are categories for Web sites, interactive advertising and mobile offerings. Those awards will be presented June 10 at the 12th annual Webby Awards Gala.