George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Mark Cuban, and Jeff Skoll Share Top Rave Award as WIRED's Renegades of the Year

From Architects to Musicians, Bloggers to Policymakers, the WIRED Rave

Awards Honor the 'People Changing Your Mind'

May 16, 2006, 01:00 ET from WIRED Magazine

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- WIRED Magazine, the touchstone
 for what's next in business, technology, and culture, today announced the
 winners of its seventh annual WIRED Rave Awards, which recognize leading
 innovators in 16 categories. The top award, for WIRED Renegade, goes this
 year to a gang of unlikely rebels: a couple of dotcom billionaires, an
 Oscar-winning director, and the actor who was the toast of this year's
 Oscars. Mark Cuban, Jeff Skoll, Steven Soderbergh, and George Clooney are
 breaking the bigger-is-better mind-set in filmmaking. Together, they've
 demonstrated that risk-taking, message movies can compete with popcorn
 blockbusters at the box office. Using new ideas and technologies --
 broadband distribution, 4K digital projectors, and simultaneous
 multiplatform releases -- they're building a new economic model for
     Other winners this year include blogger Gina Trapani for the DIY site,; Judge John E. Jones III, whose verdict in Kitzmiller v.
 Dover School District ruled that intelligent design is "nothing less than
 the progeny of creationism" and should not be taught in public schools; and
 indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, which has sold more than 100,000
 copies of its debut album -- without a record label. In the new category of
 Podcasts, The Ricky Gervais Show is honored for proving the staying power
 of the podcast medium with fresh and hilarious content for fans to enjoy on
     Finally, faced with the prospect of handing out yet another
 well-deserved Rave Award to Steve Jobs, WIRED's editors took the
 unprecedented step of creating a separate award in his honor. The inaugural
 Steve Jobs Award, recognizing sustained excellence and creative genius,
 goes to ... Steve Jobs.
     "This year's Rave Award winners have challenged conventional wisdom,
 defied critics and created something genuinely new to transform our
 culture," said Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. "They
 inspire new ideas and most of all, they inspire us."
     The 2006 WIRED Rave Award Winners:
     -- Architecture:  Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, Architecture for
     -- Blogs:  Gina Trapani,
     -- Books:  Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising
     -- Business:  Philip Rosedale and Linden Lab, Second Life
     -- Film:  Bryan Singer, Superman Returns
     -- Games:  Rob Pardo and Blizzard Entertainment, World of Warcraft
     -- Industrial Design:  Squid Labs and
     -- Medicine:  Jeffery Taubenberger, for sequencing the genome of the 1918
        flu virus
     -- Music:  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
     -- Podcast:  Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, The
        Ricky Gervais Show
     -- Policy:  Judge John E. Jones III, ruling on intelligent design
     -- Science:  Peter Diamandis, X Prize Foundation
     -- Technology:  Jesse James Garrett, Ajax
     -- Television:  Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone; The
        Lonely Island and Saturday Night Live
     -- Steve Jobs Award:  Steve Jobs
     -- WIRED Renegades:  George Clooney, Mark Cuban, Jeff Skoll, Steven
        Soderbergh; The New Hollywood
     WIRED will honor the Rave Award winners in all 16 categories at a
 reception this evening at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco. All 2006
 Rave Awards winners are featured in WIRED's June issue, on newsstands May
     Presenting sponsors of the 2006 WIRED Rave Awards are Land Rover and
 Kodak. The Official Spirits Sponsor is Grey Goose. More information on the
 awards can be found at
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