• Timothy P. Neher

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    Timothy P. Neher

    Partner, Pilot House Associates, LLC, 2013 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Regional Manager, Continental Cablevision of Michigan, Inc., 1974-1977; Vice President and General Manager, Continental Cablevision of Michigan, Inc., 1977-1980; Vice President and Treasurer, Continental Cablevision, Inc. 1980-1982; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1982-1985; President and Chief Operating Officer, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1985-1993; Vice Chairman , Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1993-1996; Turner Broadcasting Board of Directors 1986-1996; The Golf Channel Board of Directors 1994-2004; Married Molly (1970), Two Children Amy (40) and Tory (38); Five Grandchildren

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  • Tom Freston

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    Tom Freston

    Co-president and Co-Chief Operating Office, Viacom, 2005 Cable Hall of Fame

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    ...when you find something that you really like you sort of stay with it, and this has been great because the job has changed every few years because the industry has been so dynamic. All of the sudden we're in international business, online business, new channels come our way or we buy them or launch them...

    Tom Freston was named Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom in June 2004. Previous to his appointment at Viacom, Mr. Freston served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, a position he held since 1987. With Mr. Freston as CEO, MTV Networks grew to reach over 400 million households in 164 countries and 18 languages through 96 channels worldwide.

    Mr. Freston's leadership produced many commercial and critical successes for MTV Networks, including: Nick Jr's "Blue's Clues," and "Dora the Explorer;" Nickelodeon's "Rugrats" and "SpongeBob SquarePants;" MTV's Emmy-winning "The Osbournes," and "The Real World;" Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" and the Emmy-winning series "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"; VH1's "Behind the Music," Driven" and "I Love the 80s;" "Crossroads" and the "Flameworthy Video Music Awards" at CMT; "Joe Schmo" at SpikeTV, and TV Land and Nick at Nite's domination in the classic TV arena.

    Mr. Freston joined Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC), the predecessor to MTV Networks, in 1980. A year later, he was one of the founding members of the team that launched MTV: Music Television. As the head of marketing, Mr. Freston oversaw the breakthrough "I Want My MTV" campaign for the channel. He held a succession of positions at MTV Networks, culminating in his appointment in 1987 as CEO.

    Prior to joining MTV, Mr. Freston established a textile and clothing business in New Delhi that he ran for eight years. He began his career in advertising after earning his B.A. from St. Michael's College and an M.B.A. from New York University.

    Mr. Freston is on the board of the Museum of Natural History. He has served as Chairman at numerous organizations including Louis Vuitton United Cancer Front; the Actors Fund; Oceana; Natural Resources Defense Council; City of Hope and Phoenix House.

    He is the recipient of several prestigious honors, among them, the Governor's Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming, MIPCOM's Personality of the Year, The Cable Television Public Affairs Association's President Award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation.

  • Tom Rogers

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    Tom Rogers

    Chairman, TiVo Inc.

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    Tom Rogers is Chairman of TiVo. His career has operated at the nexus of media, technology, and public policy for more than two decades. With vast experience running traditional media and new media companies, and creating innovative business models for companies facing new challenges, Tom leads TiVo’s efforts to revolutionize the way consumers experience home entertainment. Under Tom’s leadership, TiVo has become the leader in providing operators worldwide with an advanced television user experience, provides consumers the only retail cable set top box, and serves the media industry with an array of TV audience research data solutions.

    Prior to joining TiVo, Tom was President of NBC Cable and Executive Vice President of NBC, as well as NBC’s chief strategist. During his accomplished tenure at NBC, Tom founded CNBC, the nation’s leading business news channel and established the NBC/Microsoft cable channel, and Internet joint venture, MSNBC. In addition, he served as co-chairman of the Arts and Entertainment and History Channels, and was responsible for overseeing many other cable channels, including Court TV, Bravo, American Movie Classics, Independent Film Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and numerous regional sports channels. After NBC, Tom was Chairman and CEO of Primedia, which then was the leading targeted media company in the US, where he oversaw Cable World Magazine.

    Prior to NBC, Tom was Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance Subcommittee, where he was responsible for drafting a number of communications laws, including the Cable Act of 1984, which liberated the industry from a patchwork of local regulatory burdens.

  • Tom Rutledge

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    Tom Rutledge

    COO, Cablevision, 2009 Cable Hall of Fame

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    As chief operating officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, Tom Rutledge is responsible for overseeing the company's cable television business; Rainbow Media, the company's national programming business, which includes the AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv networks; Optimum Lightpath, the company's fiber optic business telecommunications service; Clearview Cinemas; and certain Cablevision corporate functions. Mr. Rutledge also oversees News 12 Networks, Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation (RASCO) and Newsday, one of the nation's largest daily newspapers, serving the New York area.

    Previously, as president of Cable and Communications, Mr. Rutledge was responsible for managing all services delivered by Cablevision's state-of-the-art fiber optic network, including digital video, high-speed Internet and the company's voice-over-IP phone product. His appointment in January 2002 was a key step toward ensuring the delivery of Cablevision's new generation of digital telecommunications offerings to more than 5.3 million households and businesses in the company's New York metropolitan service area.

    Since Mr. Rutledge's arrival at Cablevision, the company has completed a $5 billion fiber optic network upgrade and become the first U.S. cable provider to offer high-definition video on demand and to deploy a VoIP phone product across its entire service area. Under Mr. Rutledge, Cablevision also recently launched the nation's first Wi-Fi mesh wireless cable broadband network.

    A 32-year cable, media and business industry veteran, Mr. Rutledge previously served as president of Time Warner Cable. He began his industry career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor company of Time Warner Cable, starting as a manager trainee after graduating from college.Mr. Rutledge currently serves as Chairman of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and serves on the boards of CableLabs, C-SPAN and the CTAM Educational Foundation. He received his bachelor of administration in economics from California University in California, PA in 1977.

  • Tom Wheeler

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    Tom Wheeler

    Managing Director, Core Capital Partners, 2009 Cable Hall of Fame

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    For three decades Tom Wheeler has worked at the forefront of telecommunications policy and business development, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as both a policy expert and businessman. As an entrepreneur he started or helped start multiple companies offering new cable, wireless and video communications services. As a policy expert he has been intimately engaged in the development of the government's telecommunications policy at both the legislative and regulatory level.

    On the 20th anniversary of the cable television industry (1995) Cablevision magazine selected him one of the 20 most influential individuals in the industry's history. On the 25th anniversary of the cellular telecommunications industry (2008) Fierce Wireless named him one of the top 10 innovators in the wireless industry. Following the historic election of 2008 he led the Obama Transition's efforts on science, technology, space and the arts.

    From 1976 to 1984, Mr. Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he was president from 1979 to 1984. After several years as CEO of new technology start-ups, including the first company to offer high speed delivery of data to home computers and the first digital video delivery service, Mr. Wheeler was asked to take over the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). He served as CEO of CTIA from 1992-2004 and was selected to the Wireless Industry Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000) and Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and other leading publications.

    Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed Mr. Wheeler a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where he served for 12 years. He is the former Chairman of the Foundation for the National Archives, and board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

    Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal for national and international career achievement. He resides in Washington, D.C.

  • Tony Werner

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    Tony Werner

    Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Comcast Cable

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    Tony Werner is responsible for developing and guiding Comcast Cable's technology and product strategy including network architecture and next-generation consumer systems/products including the X1 operating system and CloudTV.

    Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, Tony served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global, Inc., in Englewood, CO, where he led the company's global strategy for video, voice and data services.

    Prior to Liberty Global, Tony was the CTO for Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) /AT&T Broadband.

    Tony spent the early part of his career with Rogers Communications, Inc., both in the US and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    A graduate of Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN with a degree in Telecommunications, Tony and his wife Laurel reside in Philadelphia.

  • Trygve E. Myhren

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    Trygve E. Myhren

    Former CEO , American Television & Communications Corporation, 2004 Cable Hall of Fame

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    The idea was that if you clustered yourself (geographically), you could sell advertising in direct competition with the other media.

    Trygve Myhren is president of Myhren Media, Inc. (Denver and Vail, CO) a private investment firm concentrating in media, telecommunications and software and other enabling technology. He is a special limited partner of Megunticook Partners, LLC, which manages early stage venture funds. Mr. Myhren also serves on the boards of Advanced Marketing Services (MKT, LaJolla, CA) and Dreyfus Founders Funds (Denver, CO).

    From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Myhren served as president of Providence Journal Company (PRJ), which owned and managed the Journal-Bulletin newspapers, 14 broadcast television stations, cable television systems with 800,000 subscribers, a number of programming networks for multi-channel delivery systems and significant positions in other programming, interactive and multimedia ventures. He served concurrently as CEO of King Holdings, an owner and manager of broadcast and cable television properties, a subsidiary of the Providence Journal Co. In late 1995, Providence Journal merged its cable television subscribers – Colony, Copley/Colony, King Video and Palmer – into Continental Cablevision, Inc., and in 1996 arranged the sale of the remainder of the Company to A.H. Belo Co., of Dallas.

    During Mr. Myhren's tenure, the value of stock in The Providence Journal Company quadrupled.

    From 1975 until 1988, Mr. Myhren was employed in Denver by American Television and Communications Corporation (ATC), the cable television subsidiary of Time, Inc. (now Time/Warner Cable), where he served as chairman and chief executive officer from 1981-1988. During this period, ATC revenues increased from $60 million to $1.5 billion and, during 1986, the company conducted a successful public offering.

    Mr. Myhren served as chairman of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) in 1986 and 1987 and on its executive committee from 1981-1991. He received the cable industry's premier achievement award, the Distinguished Vanguard Leadership Award, in 1988. Myhren also co-founded CTAM, the industry's marketing and programming organization, and served as its president in 1978 and 1979 and received its Grand Tam Award (1986) and One-of-a-Kind Award (1994). Mr. Myhren organized the first serious link between the advertising industry and cable and he co-founded six cable networks, with Food Network and Northwest Cable News being the most recent.

  • Walter Kaitz

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    Walter Kaitz

    Founder, California Cable Television Assoc., 2003 Cable Hall of Fame

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    The Walter Kaitz Foundation was established in 1983 to provide diversity within the cable industry. It was named in honor of Walter Kaitz, who as a leader of the California Cable Television Association recognized the importance of diversity. Walter Kaitz recognized that in order to continue competing in the global marketplace, the cable industry needed to build a management team reflective of the steadily growing diverse U.S. population. (From the Walter Kaitz Foundation website)

    As an immigrant from Russia, Walter Kaitz was always sensitive to the America's promise as a land where everyone should have a chance to prosper. His connection with the cable industry began in the 1960s, as he worked on cable franchise legislation. When the need for a state association became apparent, Walter Kaitz was hired as general counsel for the California Cable Television Association (CCTA).

    During the 1960s and 1970s Walter Kaitz built what is generally considered the model state cable with CCTA, melding the different cable companies in the state into a working coalition able to present cable's case to both government and the public. Under his direction, the association was able to persuade the Californian State Legislature to pass landmark legislation governing the cable industry and protecting operators from unreasonable increases in pole attachment rates. He also played a key role in national debates over cable, helping to educate and influence California members of the U.S. House and Senate about cable issues.

    In addition, under his direction, CCTA's Western Show grew to be second only to the NCTA convention as the largest and most important cable industry show.

    Walter Kaitz died on December 30, 1979 and was succeeded by his son Spencer as leader of the CCTA. Financial contributions, given in honor of Walter, formed the basis of the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Initially, activities were driven only by the desire to do something to honor the memory of Walter, but by 1981 a focus developed. Gwen Moor, the cable industry's first ethnic minority chair, was interested in developing opportunities for more minorities in this growing industry – opportunities that would come from the cable industry's efforts to try to integrate from within, rather than being foisted on the industry. With the assistance Spencer received from of the founding members including Don Anderson, Ralph Baruch, Ray Joslin and Paul Maxwell the mission of the Foundation was borne. The cable industry embraced the concept that those in its executive suites should mirror its customers, and Spencer strongly agreed.

  • William H. Roedy

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    William H. Roedy

    Global Health Ambassador and Former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International

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    Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, launching the most channels in the history of TV.

    Prior to joining MTVNI, Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years, and was inducted as one of the "Pioneers" of the U.S. cable industry. Earlier he was a career officer in the United States Army where he qualified as Airborne and Army Ranger and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO during the Cold War.

    In 1998 Mr Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS from 1998 to 2002, and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. Mary Robinson also appointed him as an Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI) in 2010.

    Mr Roedy currently serves as Chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV's award winning HIV/AIDS programming.

    In addition to the above, he is active in a wide range of other Global Health initiatives, including the boards of amfAR, Healthright, Fitzmi, The Hawn Foundation (Goldie Hawn) and Global Health Corps. His business roles include Zumba (Healthy Lifestyle), Moshi Monsters, Lionsgate, Ping4 (Mobile Alerts), DJZ and the private equity advisory boards of TowerBrook (NY/London) and ClearVue (Shanghai).

    His education roles include board membership with Westminster College, and the American School in London (ASL), and advisory board roles with Baruch College and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

    He has received numerous awards - - including Individual Business Leadership Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, the International Emmy Founder's Award, amfAR's Award of Courage, ,Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon in 2009. He has given numerous commencement addresses with honorary doctorate degrees.

    Roedy holds degrees of Bachelor of Science from West Point and an MBA from Harvard. He has recently joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Mr Roedy is one of the Exec Producers of the film documentary "Battle of amfAR", which premiered on HBO on World AIDS Day, December 1st 2013. He is also the author of 'What Makes Business Rock', one of CNBC's Best Books of Summer 2011. Bill is currently working on a second book on the art of intelligent perseverance.

  • Yolanda G. Barco

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    Yolanda G. Barco

    Vice President, Meadville Master Antenna; Founder, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame

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    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.