Webbys Across the Board

2 May 2017 - By TW Staff

Updated 5/5/17

Turner, Warner Bros. and HBO are among the winners of the 2017 Webby Awards. The awards recognize excellence in six major media types: websites; film and video; advertising, media and PR; social; mobile sites and apps; and podcasts and digital audio.


CNN political commentator Van Jones received this year’s Special Achievement Award for his use of the internet and social media during the 2016 election, including his video series The Messy Truth. Read more about the award here.

The Messy Truth—which airs on CNN—received a Webby in the News & Politics: Series category. This award recognizes original online content, as a serial or show, documenting informational news topics, political happenings and recent updates and headlines.  

CNN also picked up the Best Social, Events prize for CNN Election Night 2016, for its social media accounts created or executed on behalf of an organization/institution or brand devoted to promoting and generating engagement around events and/or to promoting and hosting live events online.

Rounding out the honors for the Turner family was a Best Film & Video, Video Remixes/Mashups nod for the Kendrick Lamar/Swimming Pools (Drank) Rick and Morty Mashup, which aired on Adult Swim. Check out that one for yourself below:

Warner Bros.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show from Warner Bros. Telepictures won the Social―Celebrity/Fan category.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—the latest entry into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World— received two People’s Voice awards:

  • Social―Best Use of Video category for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Snapchat.
  • Online Film & Video―VR: Gaming, Interactive or Real-time (Branded) for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR.  

Immerse yourself in Newt Scamander's VR world here.


When it comes to HBO, the people have spoken. HBO NOW won the Webby and People’s Voice Award for Best User Experience: Mobile Sites & Apps.

And Game of Thrones continues to receive accolades, with People’s Voice Awards in three categories:

  • Best Overall Social Presence
  • Advertising, Media & PR: Best Event: Art the Throne
  • Online Film & Video/Unscripted (branded): Battle of the Bastards Featurette

 Get a behind-the-scenes look at that now-legendary encounter below:

HBO was also honored for the following:

Social: Best Writing (People's Voice)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Podcasts & Digital Audio: Best Individual Episode
Still Standing: The Story of Hopkins vs Trinidad (listen to it here)

News & Politics: Individual Episode
Why Anita Hill Matters

Advertising, Media & PR:  Technical Achievement
www.discoverwestworld.com + chat bot

Social: Humor
Vice Principals Morning Announcements

Websites: Movie & Film

Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences since 1996, the Webbys have become the “internet’s highest honor,” according to the New York Times. This year’s winners were selected from over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries. View the full list of winners here.  

Watch the 21st annual Webby Awards ceremony—including the famous 5-word acceptance speeches—May 16 at webbyawards.com.