November 2, 2016
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The Cable Center Names Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2017

DENVER – The Cable Center announced today the members of its Cable Hall of Fame class of 2017. The six newly elected trailblazers will be inducted during the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, held on April 26 in Washington D.C.
The new honorees are:

• Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal
• Jill Campbell, EVP and COO, Cox Communications
• Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global
• Ken Lowe, Chairman, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive
• “The Sopranos,” television drama series; David Chase, creator; HBO
• David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications

The honorees were chosen based on their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in media. For the first time, The Cable Center will induct a television series into the Cable Hall of Fame. “The Sopranos” and its creator, Emmy winner David Chase, will be acknowledged for the impact the program had by catapulting HBO and the entire cable community into groundbreaking scripted storytelling.

“This year’s Cable Hall of Fame honorees are truly the best of the best,” said Michael Willner, president and CEO of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors. “They are leaders of some of the most influential companies in the world, and have shaped the industry’s operations, programming and our society. We are thrilled to induct our first series into the Cable Hall of Fame as well. “The Sopranos” was the seminal series that proved television was more than the broadcasting networks alone, and we are excited to pay tribute to the impact it had on the growth and success of our industry.”

“It is an honor to welcome these individuals into the Cable Hall of Fame, and to recognize our first television program,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center. “The passion, drive and thought leadership displayed by all of the honorees has steered our industry into the international powerhouse it is today, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Cable Hall of Fame celebration."

The 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame will be held on April 26, 2017. Since 1998, 121 men and women have been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. For more information on the celebration, visit, or call 720-502-7500.

About The Cable Center

Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is a nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry, and of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources. Visit us at, and for more information.

About The Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
The industry's best networking event, the Cable Hall of Fame honors those in media who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry. The official Cable Hall of Fame hashtag is #cablehof. For more information, visit or call 720-502-7500.