Executive Chair, Shaw Communications Inc., 2010 Cable Hall of Fame
JR Shaw is the visionary founder of Shaw Communications Inc.; a $9 billion Canadian company providing broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services and satellite to 3.4 million customers. He also founded Corus Entertainment in 1999.
In addition to his long service as founder of Shaw and Executive Chair of the Shaw board, he is President and Director of the Shaw Foundation, a philanthropy established by his father, Francis E. Shaw.
Mr. Shaw was a Director from 1998 and Chairman, from 2001 to 2007, of Suncor Energy Inc. He is past Director and Chair of ShawCor Ltd., and numerous other companies.
He has served on the Board of the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA), and chaired the Board of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Mr. Shaw has received awards from the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement Canada, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the CCTA, and the University of Alberta's Faculty of Business.
In 2007 NAIT recognized his distinguished contribution with an Honorary Diploma and by naming the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT.
He has been awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence, Alberta Centennial Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
In 2002, the Governor General of Canada welcomed JR as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and three Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and Graceland University.
JR and his wife Carol have four children and thirteen grandchildren. They live in Calgary, Alberta.
President and CEO, A&E Television Networks, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame
Abbe Raven is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks (AETN), encompassing A+E Network®, HISTORY™, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network , BIO™, History International™, Lifetime Real Women, Military History Channel™, HISTORY en español™, Crime & Investigation Network™, Lifetime Digital, AETN International and AETN Consumer Products. AETN channels and branded programming reach more than 250 million households in over 140 countries. In March 2005 Ms. Raven became President and CEO of A&E Television Networks, which acquired the Lifetime brands in September 2009. During her tenure at AETN, Ms. Raven has been honored for building some of the most prominent and highly valued cable networks and for standing at the forefront of numerous industry-wide initiatives. Over the last eight years, she was named to The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 list and Cable World's Top 50 Most Influential Women in Cable. She received the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association for her years of leadership in the cable industry in April 2005. In May of 2007, Ms. Raven received the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from First Lady Laura Bush at a White House ceremony for HISTORY's longstanding commitment to historic preservation. In October 2009, Ms. Raven was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Raven was President of A&E Network, and before that Executive Vice President and General Manager, A+E Network and The Biography Channel. Ms. Raven spearheaded the revitalization of A&E, launching it back into a top ten network. Under her leadership, A&E Network created a new crop of buzz-worthy real-life programming, which led to double-digit growth in the network's target demographic, a reduction of the network's median age by almost 20 years, and a record 24 Emmy® nominations.
Previous to A+E Network, Ms. Raven was Executive Vice President and General Manager, The History Channel. Under her direction, The History Channel grew into a leading cable network and won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award and two George Foster Peabody Awards for outstanding documentary programming. Ms Raven was the original architect of The History Channel's programming schedule.
Ms. Raven serves on the Executive Committee of Board of Directors of the NCTA, the NAMIC Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation. She was recently appointed to the advisory board of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. In 2007 Ms. Raven was selected as an honoree of Paley Center's "She Made It" in recognition of her leadership and achievements in the world of cable television. In 2005 she was elected a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Ms. Raven is also Co-Chair of Cable in the Classroom.
Marc B. Nathanson
Chairman, Mapleton Investments, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame
Marc Nathanson is one of America's leading communications executives. A 40-year veteran of the cable television industry, Nathanson founded and served as chairman and CEO of Falcon Holding Group, Inc., a cable television operator, and its predecessors from 1975 to 1999. Currently, he is CEO of Mapleton Investments LLC, an investment company he formed in 1999. In 2009, he was honored by Global Green for his contributions to the world's environment and in 2010.
Nathanson serves on the Board of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) for Los Angeles / Orange Counties. He is a member of the Mayor's Homeland Security Advisory Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Sector. He is also on the Board of the Governor's Anti-terrorism Information Center.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Nathanson a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for the International Broadcasting, an independent federal agency which supervises all U.S. government-supported non-military global communications, including Voice of America, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Ahurra TV and Radio Sawa). He became the BBG's first chairman as an independent agency in 1998 and served until the Senate confirmed his replacement in 2002. He was also a member of the Albanian Enterprise Fund.
He is Vice Chair and a member of the executive committee of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). He is a member of the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Aspen Institute.
Mr. Nathanson serves on the board of a number of public and private organizations, including the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Democracy Institute, and USC Annenberg School for Communications, Center for the Digital Future, and is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver and a master's degree in political Science from the University of California/Santa Barbara where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. He is married to psychologist, Jane Nathanson, and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Terence F. McGuirk
Chairman and CEO, Atlanta Braves, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame
Terence F. McGuirk spent 35 years with Turner Broadcasting, beginning in 1972 when he joined TBS, Inc. as an account executive with WTCG. In 1973, he assumed the same role with WRET in Charlotte, N.C. McGuirk returned to Atlanta in 1975 as director of cable relations, where he was instrumental in the launch of TBS Superstation and played a key role in the launch of every Turner network through 2001.
In 1978, McGuirk was named director of special projects for TBS, Inc. and in 1979 was appointed vice president of TBS, Inc. From 1987 to 1991, he served as president of Turner Network Sales and CNN International Sales. Concurrently, McGuirk was president of Turner Sports where he was instrumental in securing coverage of the Olympics for cable television for the first time.
As executive vice president, McGuirk served as the company's second in command from 1991 to 1996. When TBS, Inc. merged with Time Warner Inc. in 1996, he succeeded R.E. Turner as chairman, president and CEO. He served as chairman and CEO of the company until March 2001, when he was named vice chairman. From that point through December 2003, McGuirk was CEO of the company-owned Atlanta sports teams—the Braves, the Hawks and the Thrashers. In December 2003, McGuirk became Chairman and President of the Atlanta Braves, adding the title of CEO in May 2007 following the sale of the team from Time Warner Inc., to Liberty Media Corporation.
In 2006, he received the Governors Award from the southeastern chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Ex-Vice President, Retired, Scientific-Atlanta, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame
In over three decades with Scientific Atlanta (SA), now a part of Cisco, Dr. Allen Ecker held executive positions leading up to Executive Vice President. During the transition from analog to digital, he was President of the Subscriber Sector, the business at SA for End-to-End Digital Video Systems and Digital Settops. Under his leadership the Subscriber Sector became the growth engine for SA. Also SA won Emmys for its role in developing MPEG Video and VOD.
Dr. Ecker earned BEE and MSEE degrees from Georgia Tech and a PhD from Ohio State. At Georgia Tech in football, he was 1st Team All SEC and Academic All America, and 2nd Team All America. He was chosen for the 2007 Total Person Former Student-Athlete Award at Georgia Tech. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. Most recently he was the recipient of the Joseph Mayo Petit Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Tech's highest Alumni Award for lifetime leadership in his profession and in the community.
In 1995 Dr. Ecker was selected "Innovator of the Year" by the Southeaster Cable Television Association for leadership in digital video technology and in 1999 he was inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia for significant contributions to the high tech community. In 2004 he received an Award for Leadership in Interactive Television at the NCTA National Conference and in 2005 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation by the Atlanta Telecom Professionals. Dr. Ecker is a Fellow in the IEEE, has over 80 major publications and has chaired industry technical and standards committees. He is well known in the telecommunications industry as a leader and spokesman.
Yolanda G. Barco
Vice President, Meadville Master Antenna; Founder, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame
In an industry with several prominent father-son combinations, Yolanda Barco was half of the most prominent father-daughter combination.
Ms. Barco was the first woman general manager of a cable system, the first woman to be elected to the NCTA board of directors and the first woman to be elected president of a state cable industry association, where she served three terms, the only person to ever do so. She also was the first woman to receive the Vanguard Award for Leadership.
She represented the cable industry in the lawsuit that won relief from the onerous eight percent excise tax imposed by the Internal Revenue Service on all cable subscription fees in the early 1950s and in the pole attachment and other regulatory fights. She was a founder of the Pennsylvania Cable Network, the first statewide network in the nation to offer educational and public affairs programming to cable customers. She also played a central role in the establishment The Cable Center.
As a strong voice in industry affairs, her opinions have withstood the test of time. Over the years, she and her father played prominent roles at national, state and local regulatory, judicial and legislative hearings on the cable industry. Their role in pole attachment regulations helped gain for the cable industry what many have called the most valuable real estate – three inches of space for cable utility poles – in the country.
Yolanda Barco passed away in May of 2000.