2018 CABLE HALL OF FAME CLASS NAMED
This week, The Cable Center announced the members of its Cable Hall of Fame 2018 class. The newly selected luminaries will be inducted during the 21st annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, held on April 4, in New York City at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.
The honorees are:
- Nomi Bergman, Senior Executive, Advance/Newhouse
- John Bickham, President and Chief Operating Officer, Charter Communications
- Jarl Mohn, President and CEO, NPR
- Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO, HBO
- Neil Smit, Vice Chairman, Comcast Corporation
The honorees were chosen based on their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in media. Since 1998, 127 trailblazers have been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
“We are thrilled to roll out the red carpet for the 2018 inductees at our first Cable Hall of Fame celebration in New York at the phenomenal Ziegfeld Ballroom,” said Michael Willner, president and CEO of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors. “This year’s honorees are some of the most respected leaders in our industry, and they have helped to shape the face of cable for future generations.”
“The dedication, hard work and entrepreneurial spirit shown by this year’s inductees has helped to guide the successful development of our industry. We look forward to honoring this stellar class,” said Jana L. Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center.
The 21st annual Cable Hall of Fame will be held on April 4, 2018 in New York City at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Recently renovated, the Ziegfeld Ballroom opened this fall in the former Ziegfeld Theater building. The Ziegfeld hosted Hollywood's top blockbuster movie premieres for decades, earning acclaim as one of the most celebrated venues in the world. The Ziegfeld Ballroom will be the home for the Cable Hall of Fame through at least 2020.
Community of Innovators off to Impressive Start
Since its launch last month, The Cable Center’s Community of Innovators, a forward-looking program designed to advance the entrepreneurial legacy of the cable industry and connect cable’s trailblazers and top executives with the next generation of leaders, is off to a fast and exhilarating start. The cornerstone of the COI program is the Intrapreneurship Academy (IA).
The Cable Center welcomed 19 mid-level professionals from ARRIS, Charter, Cisco, Evolution Digital and Liberty Global into its Intrapreneurship Academy, a future-focused leadership program designed to educate and empower the next generation of leaders to become intrapreneurs, to envision and effect change, and to innovate within their organizations’ existing corporate structures.
The program started with a kick-off event on September 11 featuring an insightful and inspirational keynote by Phil McKinney, President and CEO of CableLabs. McKinney shared his thoughts on how focusing on unique customer characteristics helps to move innovative ideas forward. The 10-week academy will cover a range of topics to help participants gain knowledge and skills and the intrapreneurs will work through real-world projects as they complete each module. “Sponsors”, mentors from within participating organizations, will assist in project selection, provide feedback, and serve as internal touchpoints for the participants.
Over time, the Intrapreneurship Academy will build a community of new leaders who will cultivate a culture of innovation that will continue to move the cable industry forward. Graduates will play an ongoing role in evolving the Intrapreneurship Academy, advancing intrapreneurship thought leadership, and inspiring innovation within their organizations.
The Intrapreneurship Academy participants will spend two and half days learning from Innovation Laureates and other industry powerhouses at their capstone in mid-November. They will officially graduate from the program on December 8. For more information on the Community of Innovators, contact Janice Silver, 720-502-7515, or visit https://cablecenter.org/.
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For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 Cable Hall of Fame, please contact The Cable Center’s Development Office at or +1 720.502.7513.
Mavericks Is Back!
Comcast co-founder and cable industry legend Julian Brodsky was the featured speaker at the Mavericks Lecture, presented by The Cable Center and the Reiman School of Finance at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. The Oct. 18 program, “Perspectives from the Cable Industry - A Look at the Past and a View Toward the Future,” represented a relaunch of this popular series under the umbrella of the Community of Innovators (COI) program, designed to connect people and ideas to advance innovation.
“Julian Brodsky is a rock star and one of the most respected innovators in our industry,” said The Cable Center’s president and CEO Jana L. Henthorn. “We were so pleased that he shared his wisdom and expertise as our featured Mavericks speaker. This program offered some important perspective on what the industry has done in the past and must do in the future to meet its many challenges.”
One of the industry’s pioneers, Julian Brodsky’s larger-than-life career has left an inspirational mark on the industry. His innovative financing techniques broke new ground, and over his long career he became a mentor to many of the industry’s leaders. In 2002, Brodsky and Comcast stunned the industry by acquiring the much larger AT&T Broadband in a deal valued at $47 billion. It expanded Comcast services to 22 million customers in 38 states. Brodsky is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame and was named a Community of Innovators Innovation Laureate in 2017.
Journalist Stewart Schley moderated the lecture. Schley writes for Multichannel News and is the author of the book, “Fast Forward: Video on Demand and the Future of Television.” The lecture was live streamed on Facebook and will be available soon on The Cable Center’s YouTube channel.
The lecture was filled with enlightening stories and memorable quotes from Mr. Brodsky, but some crowd favorites included:
- “The best part? The fact that Ralph, Dan & I were able to turn the company over to the next generation of management,” he said when asked about his favorite moment in the industry.
- How [Comcast in the early days] “didn’t have a strategy! We were opportunistic.”
- When asked by a student, “What advice do you have as we enter our professional careers,” Brodsky answered with a lighthearted smile, “Don’t be afraid of making mistakes… just don’t make too many.”
1-2-3 Pitch! Denver Startup Week A Great SuccessTo foster connections between cable industry trailblazers and the Denver startup community, the Community of Innovators co-sponsored Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Challenge on September 28, along with the University of Denver’s Project X-ITE. The Pitch Challenge featured six finalists competing for prize package valued at more than $100,000 in cash, products and services. The Pitch Challenge finalists included: AI Health; Boogaloo Beds; Lacuna Diagnostics; Leaf; Nikola Power and WalletGyde.
Each startup had a chance to pitch business ideas to a panel comprised of highly regarded entrepreneurs and business leaders, including: Brent Chrite, Tricia Meyer; Jenn Styles; and Denver cable leaders, Rich DiGeronimo, Charter; John Gowen, Liberty Global Ventures; and Tracy Winchester, long-time industry veteran and now Executive Director of Five Points Business Development.
The Cable Center extends a huge congrats to Boogaloo Beds for winning first place and a prize package worth more than $65,000! Nikola Power and AIHealth were awarded second and third place.
Denver Startup Week was truly an amazing week – the event, recognized as “the largest free entrepreneurial event in North America,” registered 42 percent more people than last year, its previous record. Organizers said 18,885 people registered for the week-long event that featured 350 events over the course of five days.
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