Introducing the Community of Innovators
The Cable Center announced this week that it is launching the Community of Innovators, a program designed to advance the entrepreneurial legacy on which the cable industry was built. The program, which will be piloted in Denver this fall, aims to connect cable’s trailblazers and top executives with the next generation of leaders who will help define the industry’s future.
The Community of Innovators was conceived with the industry’s visionaries in mind. These leaders will serve as the nucleus of the program and will use their experience and influence to inspire university students, empower the industry’s rising stars and galvanize the startup community. The goal is to pass on the industry’s pioneering spirit to a new generation of innovators.
“The Cable Center tells the story of the dynamic cable industry. But the story is not just about the past. The Community of Innovators program allows us to focus on the exciting future of the industry, while also celebrating its innovative legacy,” said The Cable Center’s President and CEO Jana L. Henthorn.
The Community of Innovators includes four primary components:
• Innovation Laureates. The Community of Innovators’ Innovation Laureates are industry trailblazers and key influencers. Each brings a unique perspective to mentor, teach, and engage with the next generation of cable industry leaders. This year’s laureates include: Bridget Baker, founder and CEO, Baker Media Inc.; Julian Brodsky, co-founder and retired vice chairman, Comcast Corp.; Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global; Leo J. Hindery, Jr., founder and managing partner, InterMedia Partners, LP; Phil McKinney, president and CEO, CableLabs; Josh Sapan, president and CEO, AMC Networks; Quentin Schaffer, EVP, corporate communications, HBO; David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications; and Jeff Zucker, president, CNN Worldwide.
• Intrapreneurship Academy. The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy is a future-focused leadership program designed to educate and empower the next generation of leaders to become intrapreneurs prepared to envision and effect innovation within their organization’s corporate structure. The 10-week pilot program kicking off at The Cable Center on September 11, will provide emerging leaders from ARRIS, Charter, Cisco, Comcast and Liberty Global with both in-person and online learning opportunities to gain knowledge and skills they can apply to projects.
“Innovation used by Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants was built upon technology developed by the cable industry. Now, we need to support further innovation by allowing the industry’s rising stars to take chances within a structured environment,” explained Paul Maxwell, a board member of The Cable Center and retired founder and CEO of Media Business Corp.
• Startup Week Partnerships. The Community of Innovators will participate in Startup Weeks across the country, tapping into the network of emerging innovators and creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs to connect with cable industry leaders. During the 2017 pilot, the program will co-sponsor Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Challenge — a competition that provides a chance for small businesses and startups to pitch business ideas to a panel comprised of highly regarded entrepreneurs and business leaders.
• Mavericks Lecture Series. As part of the Community of Innovators, The Cable Center is bringing back its Mavericks Lecture Series, a program that gives successful, dynamic industry leaders the opportunity to share their insight at universities and colleges nationwide. The Center’s Innovation Laureates will be invited to serve as lecturers for the Community of Innovators’ inaugural year in Denver.
“For any industry to thrive, organizations need to foster a culture of innovation. The Community of Innovators is a key step in support of the industry’s efforts on this journey,” said Michael Willner, chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors and CEO of Penthera Partners, Inc.
Hitting Refresh: Cable Center Website Redesigned
In keeping with The Cable Center’s new focus area of innovation, The Center’s website has been refreshed to a sleeker design that showcases our legacy mission, while being future focused. The new design increases site load speeds and navigation on a multitude of devices, while keeping the robustness of the website intact. The site has also be reorganized to make finding content on the 1,000 + page website simpler.
“We are taking advantage of the latest advances in the Joomla content management system which allows for greater flexibility and easier updates to keep the content fresh. It also offers increased search capabilities,” said Steve Luiting, The Cable Center’s design and development manager.
The website still offers easy access to the Barco Library’s rich collection of resources including photo archives and the Hauser Oral and Video History Project, the most visited part of The Center’s website. These sections offer constituents primary source material about the history of the industry at the most personal level.
The Cable Hall of Fame section has been updated to make it easier to find important information about the celebration, honorees, sponsorship opportunities and past inductees. The 2018 Cable Hall of Fame will be held in New York City at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on April 4. The class of 2018 will be announced in October. The Cable Hall of Fame section will regularly be updated with new information regarding the 2018 celebration throughout the next few months, so check back often to see what’s new!
Information about The Cable Center’s other programs including Customer Experience/ C5, Academic Partnerships and the new Community of Innovators pilot are all easily accessible via the Programs tab. The media room is also more prominent and showcases The Center’s press releases, news and social media in an easy to digest format.
We welcome your feedback on the new site! Please share your thoughts to and let us know what device (laptop, iPhone7, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, etc.) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) you are using to view the website in your email.
Spotlight on TechStudios @TCCJust six months ago, TechStudios @TCC opened its state-of-the-art video and podcast studios to the public, and, in that time, they have acquired a diverse client base.
“It’s a lot of fun to work with such a wide variety of clients”, notes Luke Woodruff, TechStudios lead and Audio Visual and Facility Manager at The Cable Center. A sampling of their clients include a home shopping-style web show for coin collectors, healthcare tutorial videos intended for post-operative patients, and, for a Denver investment firm, news-style market reports for their employees, clients, and investors. “This just illustrates the appeal of this medium across industries and applications,” reflects Woodruff.
Studies uphold this contention. According to Wordstream, marketers who use video grow revenue 49% faster than non-video users. As more organizations recognize the benefits of videos and podcasts for engaging both internal and customer-facing audiences, the largest roadblock to adoption is the high cost of production. The key to the success of TechStudios @TCC is its affordability. “Our rates are more affordable than comparable studios and you don’t sacrifice capability,” adds Woodruff. The 1000 sq. foot video studio is equipped a 16’ x 12’ ft. green screen and Cyc wall or black curtain, 2 cameras, a multi-track audio suite, a 24’ x 30’ lighting grid and lighting effects and a Teleprompter plus post-production services. The audio suite also employs the latest recording technology, supporting applications such as music production/demos, pre-recorded/live radio broadcasts, voiceovers, mixing services and more.
As applications for these technologies grow, TechStudios @TCC grows with it. Changes in the way job seekers attempt to stand out in a competitive marketplace is driving the latest video offering – video resumes. For careers that require presentation or public-facing skills, video resumes allow applicants to showcase their talents. Tech Studios @TCC offers a basic video resume package for $299 that includes: 30-minutes of studio time, director on site, single camera shoot against white Cyc wall or black curtain, post-production; editing, and stock music and subtitles, which result in an approximate one-minute finished video.
For more information or to schedule the studios, contact Luke Woodruff, 720-502-7529, or visit our website.
Out and About
At the Ziegfeld Ballroom – construction on track. Looking forward to a great April 4 Cable Hall of Fame
Member of The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy’s charter class with TCC Board member David Van Valkenburg and Jana Henthorn
At HBO with Quentin Shaffer-Quentin wouldn’t divulge any Game of Thrones secrets, but he did say yes to being an Innovation Laureate
Incredible view and words of wisdom with Innovation Laureates and TCC Board members Bridget Baker and David Zaslav