2012 Honorees

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Larry King

Host of Larry King Live, 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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Larry King is the host of CNN's Larry King Specials and former host of Larry King Live. He has been dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide and "master of the mic" by TIME magazine. King's unique, conversational approach to interviewing has changed not only the landscape of cable television, but television news in general.

Before broadcasting to an international TV audience, King was a popular media personality in Miami where he hosted interview programs for WIOD-Radio and WTVJ-TV. From 1978-1994, King's voice was heard by millions of radio listeners on Mutual Radio's "The Larry King Show."

King has conducted some 50,000 interviews over the past half-century, including exclusive sit-downs with every U.S. president since Gerald Ford and many of the biggest newsmakers, politicians and celebrities in the world including: Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger, Johnny Carson, Hillary Clinton, Bette Davis, Billy Graham, Lady Gaga, Audrey Hepburn, Monica Lewinsky, Al Pacino, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey and Malcolm X.

King has received several awards over the course of his career, including the prestigious Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was inducted into five of the nation's leading broadcasting halls of fame. Both his radio and television shows have won the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. King has an Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer and in 2011 received The News and Documentary Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

King is married to singer/actress Shawn Southwick-King and is the father of Andy, Larry Jr., Chaia, Chance and Cannon and stepfather to Danny Southwick.

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Phil Lind

Vice Chairman, Rogers Communications Inc., 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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Phil Lind, Vice Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., is a 42-year veteran of the Canadian cable, broadcasting and telecommunications company. When he signed on, Rogers was a start-up with two small radio stations, 15,000 cable subscribers and a boss, Ted Rogers, with "go for it" attitude.

At Ted's urging, Phil "went for it," acquiring other Canadian cable companies, and quarterbacking Rogers' U.S. expansion during the legendary franchising "wars" of the 1980s. His team won and acquired franchises from Minneapolis to San Antonio and from Southern California to New Jersey. When the dust settled, Rogers' subscribers numbered in the millions.

At home, Phil turned his mind to content. His passion for sports inspired Rogers' acquisition of the Toronto Blue Jays; launched Sportsnet, now Canada's premier sports network; secured previously satellite-exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket for cable in Canada and brought annual regular season Buffalo Bills games to Toronto. He helped launch both Rogers' many community television stations and OMNI, North America's only multi-cultural television network.

A 1999 Cable TV Pioneer, Phil is on the Board of the US Cable Center, was Chairman of the Canadian Cable Television Association, served on the Board of NCTA, was founding chairman of Ontario's Sierra Club and serves on numerous non-profit and cultural organizations.

He has endowed the University of British Columbia with two Chairs in US Political Studies. In 2002, he was appointed to the Order of Canada – that country's highest civilian honor – for lifetime contributions.

Phil loves sports, fishing, contemporary art, politics and, above all, his children and granddaughter.

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H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest

President and CEO, The Lenfest Group, 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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Following graduation from Columbia Law School, Mr. Lenfest practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications, Inc., as Associate Counsel. After five years, Mr. Lenfest was placed in charge of Triangle's Communications Division, consisting of SEVENTEEN magazine and Triangle's CATV interests. In 1974, Mr. Lenfest left Triangle and formed Lenfest Communications, Inc., to purchase a cable system from Triangle with a total of 7,600 cable subscribers. In January 2000, its ownership of 1.3 million subscribers was transferred to COMCAST.

Since the sale of Lenfest Communications, Mr. Lenfest has established himself as a dedicated supporter of education and the arts. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as a Trustee of Washington and Lee University. He currently serves as Chairman of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the American Revolution Center, and as a Trustee of Columbia University. He has been recognized for his service and philanthropy with awards such as the Governor of Pennsylvania's "Patron of the Year" Award, the Philadelphia Award, the Pennsylvania Society's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, and the Officier of the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur from the French Republic.

He has received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia University, Temple University, Ursinus College, Washington and Lee University, and Widener University. Mr. Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, live in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

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Debra L. Lee

Chairman and CEO, BET Networks, 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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Debra L. Lee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Under her leadership, Ms. Lee has led the company's successful reinvigorated brand and successful programming vision that has created hits such as Let's Stay Together, The Game on BET, Black Girls Rock!, the BET Honors, Sunday Best and many more, resulting in consistent increases in viewership and revenue.

Prior to her being named Chairman and CEO, Ms. Lee was President and Chief Operating Officer. She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving as an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson, and before that a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Lee serves on the corporate board of directors of Revlon, Marriott and Washington Gas & Light. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Brown University and also serves on the boards of the Paley Center for Media, the Ad Council, the Grammy Foundation, and was appointed by the White House to the President's Management Advisory Boardand is a member emeritus of the Federal Communications Commission's Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age.

Ms. Lee earned her juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. Ms. Lee resides in Washington, D.C., with her two children.

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Leo Hindery, Jr.

Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners, 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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Leo Hindery, Jr. is Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners, a series of media industry private equity funds he founded in January 1988 and ran continuously until February 1997.

It was then that he was elected President and CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media. In March 1999 TCI merged into AT&T, and he became President and CEO of AT&T Broadband until he resigned in November 1999.

In December 1999, Mr. Hindery was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCenter Inc., a major Internet services company, which in January 2001 merged into Exodus Communications, Inc. From 2001 until October 2004, he was Chairman and CEO of The YES Network which he founded to be the regional television home of the New York Yankees. In early 2005 he reconstituted InterMedia Partners.

Mr. Hindery is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the US Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Job Creation and Trade. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia School of Journalism and a Director of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), the Paley Center for Media, and Teach for America.

In 1998, Mr. Hindery was named International Cable Executive of the Year and received the Joel A. Berger Award for his leadership in AIDS and HIV initiatives. In 1999, he was named Cable Television Operator of the Year and received from the National Cable Television Association its Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership. In 2005, he was recognized by the cable television industry as one of its "25 Most Influential Executives Over the Past 25 Years", and in 2010 he was named one of the "30 Individuals with the Most Significant Impact on Cable's Early History".

He is married to Patti Wheeler, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of SPEED TV, and has a daughter from a previous marriage, Robin Hindery, who is a journalist.

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Ann Rallis Carlsen

Founder and CEO, Carlsen Resources, Inc., 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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As Founder and CEO of the cable industry's leading executive search firm for 23 years and a 32-year cable veteran, Ann Rallis Carlsen's impact has been profound. With more than 2,000 executives placed in senior positions, Carlsen Resources is recognized for helping to shape the cable industry by building its leadership ranks in all key areas. Ann is a respected thought leader on the 21st century workplace, a passionate advocate of diversity, and a mentor, confidant, and advisor to leaders in every facet of the cable industry.

Ann's career began in 1980 in sales and marketing with United Cable, followed by executive positions at Cardiff Publishing's Cable Television Business Magazine and at Business Venture Investments. She realized her calling for executive search as vice president of Winston Management Group. In 1989 she founded Future Sense, Inc., which later became Carlsen Resources, Inc.

Ann's industry honors include:

  • NCTA Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership, the organization's most prestigious award
  • WICT Woman of the Year
  • NAMIC L. Patrick Mellon Award for her role as the architect of NAMIC's successful mentorship program
  • WICT Rita Ellix Accolade, for personal and professional excellence and committed mentoring of women

Ann also served as President of the national WICT organization and as Chair of the WICT Foundation. She was a key member of NAMIC's board for the better part of a decade , and served on national committees for CTAM and NCTA.

Ann is a graduate of the University of Colorado. She lives in Grand Junction, Colorado with her husband and three children.