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NEWSLETTER   MARCH 2018 VOL. 5 NO. 2
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    2018 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award Recipient: June E. Travis2018 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award Recipient: June E. Travis

    We are honored to announce and congratulate June Travis on being named the recipient of the 2018 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.

    June Travis retired from the cable television industry in late 1999. Since 1994, she had served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Cable Television Association, the industry’s principal trade association based in Washington, D.C.

    Recalling the days when cable was a much smaller business,Travis says the industry’s ethical core was apparent in the relationships between its leaders. The early entrepreneurs “were very competitive with one another, but if attacked from the outside, they circled the wagons and supported one another. The collegiality was palpable.”

    Travis also believes in business leaders’ responsibility to their communities. “It’s huge,” she says, “and it pays back a hundred-fold. If you are genuinely in the community, not for the recognition, but truly caring, and participating, and supporting the community, you can’t buy that kind of customer respect.”

  • Liberty Global CEO MIke Fries and Jana Henthorn: The Cable Center Names 2018 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary CommitteeThe Cable Center Names 2018 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee

    Have you registered to attend the 2018 Cable Hall of Fame yet? Don’t miss the most talked about celebration of the year, and an incredible opportunity to network with the industry’s finest leaders -- including the esteemed members of the 2018 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee.

    The members of the Honorary Committee are ambassadors and advocates for the Honorees, providing a nod to past induction ceremony protocol where the Presenter would escort an Honoree to the podium and make a pre-introduction. When the program was streamlined, the Honorary Committee became more of a ceremonial position with some members providing counsel, outreach, and thought leadership.

    The Cable Center is so grateful for the Honorary Committee’s ongoing dedication, enthusiasm, and support of the Cable Hall of Fame, and we all can’t wait to celebrate in New York on April 4. “Don’t miss this year’s Cable Hall of Fame! It’s a brilliant class of Honorees and you’ll see all your industry colleagues at this awesome event! #FOMO,” says Bridget Baker, 2018 Honorary Committee member. Adds another Honorary Committee member, Italia Commisso Weinand, “The Cable Hall of Fame is a terrific platform to trumpet the cable television entrepreneurs who had the vision, took risks, and did the work to build this global industry.”

    The Cable Center is thrilled to welcome the following leaders to the Honorary Committee:

    • Michael S. Willner, Chair, President and CEO, Penthera Partners, Inc.
    • Michael T. Fries, International Chair, President and CEO, Liberty Global
    • Bridget L. Baker, Founder and CEO, Baker Media Inc.
    • James Blackley, EVP, Engineering and IT, Charter Communications
    • Matthew C. Blank, Advisor, Showtime Networks Inc.
    • Ann Carlsen, Founder and CEO, Carlsen Resources Inc.
    • Italia Commisso Weinand, EVP, Programming and Human Resources, Mediacom Communications Corp.
    • Baptiest Coopmans, Acting CTO, Liberty Global
    • Terry Cordova, Vice Chairman, Business Development, Altice USA
    • Frank M. Drendel, Chairman, CommScope
    • Leslie Ellis, Ellis Edits, Inc.
    • Paul Gould, Board Member, Discovery Communications, Liberty Global, and Liberty Latin America
    • Marva Johnson, VP, State Government Affairs, South Region, Charter Communications
    • Yvette Kanouff, SVP/GM, Service Provider Business, Cisco Systems
    • Mike LaJoie, Former CTO, Time Warner Cable
    • Paul S. Maxwell, Media-Max Advisors
    • Steven A. Miron, CEO, Advance/Newhouse
    • Les Read, Ambassador, The Cable Center
    • Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation
    • Thomas M. Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter Communications
    • Thomas R. Stanton, CEO and Chairman of the Board, ADTRAN
    • David N. Watson, President and CEO, Comcast Cable
    • Christopher L. Winfrey, CFO, Charter Communications
  • Matthew Tiscornia, Chef of Ziegfeld Ballroom with Mary Yacovetta and Diane Christman in New YorkBe Our Guest!

    Last week, The Cable Center’s Senior Vice President of Programs and Development, Diane Christman, and Project and Executive Coordinator, Mary Yacovetta, visited the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City – the sensational venue of the 2018 Cable Hall of Fame celebration. Diane and Mary met with Matthew Tiscornia, Chef of Ziegfeld Ballroom and Gotham Hall, to taste items from the thoughtfully curated event menu while marveling at the dazzling space and ornate architecture of the 1930’s-inspired venue.

    From the crisp and creamy buffalo mozzarella en carozza with roasted tomato relish, to the fresh and zesty grilled fish taco, to the sweet and savory duck confit spring roll, everything Diane and Mary tasted was absolutely exquisite. “Like the cable industry, the food is extremely innovative,” said Diane. “And also, completely delectable. We’re calling it ‘cable-to-table!’”

    “This year’s celebration is going to be the best yet. The food, the wine, the décor, the venue… It really is the party of the year!” said Mary.

    Time is running out, so be sure to reserve your seat today at the Cable Hall of Fame and secure your spot for this exceptional culinary experience!

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  • Click to reserve your WICT Signature Lunch table or tickets… And Don’t Forget About Lunch!

    Please join us before the Cable Hall of Fame at the WICT Signature Luncheon! Both of these annual industry events are conveniently scheduled for April 4 in NYC.

    The Signature Luncheon brings together industry leaders and their companies who actively promote a positive culture of inclusion at the workplace. We are proud to support WICT and their commitment to fostering diversity in the cable industry, and look forward to seeing other WICT supporters there!

    To reserve your table or tickets, click here.

  • Last Chance to Register: IA Spring Session

    Are you an intrapreneur? Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take your career and leadership skills to the next level. Apply now for the spring session of our Intrapreneurship Academy (IA), which kicks off April 17.

    IA provides cable industry rising stars with the skills and mindset to become intrapreneurs: to envision and effect change, and to innovate within their organizations’ existing corporate structures. We believe innovation can be applied in any facet of your work -- processes, products, programs, people, and technologies.

    See what our IA alumni have to say about the program above, or click here to view more testimonials. We are so excited to welcome our next class into the Intrapreneurship Academy and look forward to meeting all of you in April!

  • Lee McGuigan visits Barco LibraryMedia Studies Scholar Lee McGuigan Visits the Barco Library

    Last month, University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate and media studies scholar Lee McGuigan visited the Cable Center’s Barco Library to conduct research for his upcoming dissertation, which discusses the history of addressable advertising on cable television and its implications on the development of technology.

    With The Cable Center’s extensive library of written archives, vast museum of physical artifacts, and its very own cable history connoisseur and premier librarian, Brian Kenny, McGuigan was able to track down everything he was looking for and then some.

    “This is really one of the best resources that I know of, in terms of having archives of equipment, and documents and ephemera that I couldn’t find other places,” says McGuigan. “I feel like I could still spend more time here. Brian has been super helpful, and I am happy to be here.”

    Despite being entrenched in diligent research and study during his three-day visit, that didn’t stop McGuigan from enjoying himself while exploring the Barco Library. “The equipment archive is outstanding. That was probably the most fun, and something I wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else.”

    McGuigan earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in media studies from the Faculty of Information at the Western University of Ontario. Today at UPenn, he is a doctoral student at the Annenburg School of Communications. The Cable Center is honored to have shared its cable history resources with Mr. McGuigan, and we hope he’ll come back to visit us again.

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