SOURCE: The Los Angeles Film School; The Los Angeles Recording School

May 08, 2008 07:07 ET

Los Angeles Film School and Los Angeles Recording School Announced as Webby Award Winners

Schools Top the Shortlist for International Web Honor

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - The 12th Annual Webby Awards named The Los Angeles Film School's website (www.lafilm.com) as the Best Home/Welcome Page of 2008 and The Los Angeles Recording School's website (www.larecordingschool.com) as the Best School/University Site of 2008.

The websites, which are produced by Platinum Creative, competed against four finalists in each respective category.

The Los Angeles Film School took the award in the Best Home/Welcome Page category, winning over other top competitors such as National Geographic and WIRED Magazine. The Los Angeles Recording School won in the category of School/University alongside four other finalists that included the School of Visual Arts and Bennington College.

Winners will be honored at two star-studded ceremonies in New York City: The Webby Film & Video Awards on June 9th with Judah Friedlander of "30 Rock" as the emcee, and The 12th Annual Webby Awards Gala on June 10th, featuring Seth Myers of "Saturday Night Live" as host.

Hailed as the "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, online film and video, and mobile Websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

"The Webby Awards honor the outstanding work that is setting the standard for the Internet, and the bar is reaching staggering new heights," said Craig Daily, Platinum's Creative Director. "The awards are a testament to the skill, talent, and vision of our agency."

Other well-known recipients of the awards include Stephen Colbert, who earned special recognition as host on Comedy Central for his ability to use the Internet to connect with fans. In addition, a special achievement award also went to will.i.am of the pop sensation, the Black Eyed Peas for the "Yes We Can" video supporting presidential candidate, Barack Obama.

"To have our websites earn such accolades is a direct reflection of the work and dedication of our creative team," said Darren Millar, Chief Operating Officer of The Los Angeles Film School and The Los Angeles Recording School. "We are extremely proud to receive such honors."

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

About The Los Angeles Film School

Founded in 1999, The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is located in the heart of Hollywood at the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. The private post-secondary educational institution, which has quickly become a leading academic center for aspiring filmmakers, is complete with a faculty of industry professionals teaching its students the craft of filmmaking, including film production and postproduction technology with an exceptional film curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities.

The 87,000 square foot building where the school partially resides had previously been used as production facilities by legendary artists such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Henry Mancini and John Williams, who recorded the orchestral score to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi there in 1983. In addition, LAFS has recently expanded its campus by adding the 100,000 square foot six-story building next door at 6353 Sunset Boulevard. Together the properties form the campus, which occupies an entire city block in Hollywood and beyond. Earlier this year, the school also purchased the 8,000 square foot Ivar Theatre, which has held many significant performances, including Lord Buckley, The Grateful Dead and The Doors. The school's campus evolution and real estate enhancements are part of a major transformation of the Hollywood area.

Their faculty brings knowledge and techniques straight from the Hollywood set with credits on major motion pictures. Graduates have also been honored as winners in numerous Independent Film Festivals throughout the world; in addition, The Hollywood Reporter named LAFS "One of the best-equipped private learning centers in the country."

For more information about LAFS, please visit www.lafilm.com.

About The Los Angeles Recording School

The Los Angeles Recording School (LARS) was founded in 1985 and is located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The private post-secondary educational institution's program focuses on all aspects of music production and recording.

The 33,000 square foot building where LARS partially resides is equipped with over 19 studios and labs featuring state-of-the-art Digidesign Pro Tools HD systems, Solid State Logic and Neve large format mixing consoles. LARS also serves as a Digidesign Certified Training Location by offering its students a Pro Tools certification program.

Its faculty is comprised of professional recording engineers who teach a full range of audio engineering and music production skills such as: recording, mixing and optimizing audio for music, movies, television, computer games and the Internet. Graduate credits include GRAMMY awards and nominations, engineering multi-platinum albums, placing the final touches on theatrical releases and working with top musical artists such as: Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Shakira, Seal, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.

For more information about LARS, please visit www.larecordingschool.com.

Contact Information

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    Public Relations
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