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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2018
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Cable Center Names Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2019

DENVER – The Cable Center announced today the members of its Cable Hall of Fame class of 2019. The newly selected honorees will be inducted during the 22nd annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, held on May 2, 2019, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

 The honorees are: 

  • Leslie Ellis, president, Ellis Edits, Inc.
  • Phil Kent, former chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Kyle McSlarrow, SVP, customer experience, Comcast
  • Steve Miron, CEO, Advance/Newhouse
  • MTV, Founding Creators
  • Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, president and co-CEOs, C-SPAN

The honorees were chosen based on their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in media. Since 1998, 133 leaders have been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

“The 2019 Cable Hall of Fame class represents leaders from some of the industry’s most innovative and groundbreaking companies and includes our first cable TV network, MTV. As a cultural icon whose impact on music and cable is unrivaled, it will be our pleasure to honor MTV’s founding creators,” said Michael Willner, president and CEO of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors. “The red carpet will shine bright for this year’s Cable Hall of Fame celebration at the extraordinary Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York.”

“The members of this year’s Cable Hall of Fame class have all had an immeasurable impact on the cable industry. We are thrilled to be returning to the Ziegfeld Ballroom and New York City for the Cable Hall of Fame celebration and are looking forward to recognizing all of our new honorees on May 2,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center.

The 22nd annual Cable Hall of Fame returns to the Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 2, 2019. The Ziegfeld Ballroom is home to the Cable Hall of Fame through at least 2020.

For more information on the celebration and to secure sponsorships, visit www.cablehalloffame.com, or call 720-502-7513.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the broadband, media, and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. With our focus on intrapreneurship, we connect people and ideas to advance innovation. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry’s progress; and the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources. Visit www.cablecenter.orgwww.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, www.instagram.com/thecablecenter and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter 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 and event Twitter handle is @CableHOF. For more information, visit www.cablehalloffame.com or call 720-502-7513.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2018

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Hannah Rogers
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The Cable Center
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The Cable Center Announces Mavericks Lecture at the University of Michigan with SPECTRUM Executive Rich DiGeronimo

Rich DiGeronimo, executive vice president of product and strategy at Spectrum and University of Michigan BBA alum, will speak to students at the University of Michigan on October 4, 2018, as part of The Cable Center’s Mavericks Lecture Series.

DENVER – On October 4, 2018, The Cable Center will host its next Mavericks Lecture at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, one of the top 10 business schools in the nation. As part of The Cable Center’s Community of Innovators initiative, the Mavericks Lecture Series gives successful, dynamic cable industry leaders a platform to share their wisdom and insight with university students. Rich DiGeronimo, University of Michigan BBA ‘99 and executive vice president of product and strategy at Spectrum/Charter Communications will be joining The Cable Center at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus as the Mavericks Speaker.

“We are honored and excited that Rich DiGeronimo, also a Cable Center Innovation Laureate, will be discussing his journey from his Michigan days to his executive position at Spectrum,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center. “This is a unique opportunity for University of Michigan students to meet Rich and learn about the cable industry’s exciting new innovations.”

The Mavericks Lecture will also be a recruiting and networking event for university students to learn more about opportunities with Spectrum, America’s fastest-growing TV, internet, and voice company, which serves over 27 million homes and businesses, 75 million people, and nearly 300 million connected devices in 41 states.

“Spectrum recruits college students across all disciplines, and we are pleased to partner with The Cable Center to host a Mavericks Lecture at Rich’s alma mater,” said Cynthia Carpenter, vice president of human resources for Spectrum’s product and strategy team. “We look forward to connecting University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students with internship and career opportunities at our organization.”

The Mavericks Lecture with Rich DiGeronimo will take place on October 4, 2018 at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and is a free event for all students with a reception to follow. The presentation will be recorded and will be available for viewing on The Cable Center’s website in the near future. For more information about this upcoming event and The Cable Center’s Mavericks Lecture program, visit https://www.cablecenter.org/programs/mavericks-lecture-series.html.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.orgwww.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced residential broadband services, including Spectrum TV® programming, Spectrum Internet®, and Spectrum Voice®. Under the Spectrum Business® brand, Charter provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium-sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Through the Spectrum Enterprise brand, Charter is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter's news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Charter can be found at newsroom.charter.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12, 2018

Media Contact:
Hannah Rogers
Marketing & Communications Manager
The Cable Center
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THE CABLE CENTER TO SPONSOR DENVER STARTUP WEEK PITCH CHALLENGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER'S PROJECT X-ITE.

With a prize package valued at $100,000 in cash, services, and product, the sixth annual Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge will showcase the best ideas and the brightest startups from Denver’s innovation community.

DENVER – Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind, returns to Downtown Denver for a seventh year September 24 through 28, 2018. For its second year, The Cable Center will be sponsoring, in partnership with University of Denver’s Project X-ITE, the Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge, a two-day pitch competition for six finalists to contend for the winning title.

Out of more than 100 video submissions, 20 applicants have been selected as semi-finalists and are now available for online viewing. The Denver community is invited to vote on the 20 semi-finalists online until September 24, when they will be narrowed down to six finalists. These six finalists will then pitch live at Denver Startup Week on September 26 from 4-7 p.m. (location TBD; please check the event schedule for updates and more information). The champion will be crowned at the final Pitch Challenge on September 27 from 4-6pm at Basecamp, located at 1245 Champa Street, Denver, CO, 80204. The winner will receive over $100,000 in cash and prizes. 

“We’re thrilled to have The Cable Center as a Pitch Challenge sponsor for a second consecutive year, and look forward to the much anticipated pitch competition later this month,” said Rye Finegan, manager of Denver Startup Week & Innovation Programs at Downtown Denver Partnership.

“As advocates of innovation and entrepreneurship, The Cable Center is proud to support Denver Startup Week and the Pitch Challenge, whose panel of judges includes cable industry executives and moguls,” said Cable Center President and CEO, Jana Henthorn. “We love being a part of the entrepreneurial spirit here in Denver!”

Be sure to view the 20 semi-finalist videos online and cast your votes by September 24. Denver Startup Week also welcomes the community to attend the Pitch Challenge semifinals on September 26 and the finals on September 27.

For more information on the events of Denver Startup Week and to stay connected to The Cable Center and Denver Startup Week, visit www.DenverStartupWeek.org and follow #DENStartupWeek and #ChaseBasecamp on social media; @DENStartupWeek and @BasecampLiveDEN and @TheCableCenter on Twitter; like and follow the DSW Facebook page and The Cable Center Facebook page; and follow @DENStartupWeek and @TheCableCenter on Instagram.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.orgwww.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

About Project X-ITE
Project X-ITE connects all the resources of the University of Denver to advance innovation, technology and entrepreneurship across our community, region and world. Project X-ITE is a cross-disciplinary initiative that fosters and ignites new ideas on campus and beyond, to build exciting, impactful partnerships with creative thinkers and doers across sectors. The Project leverages its location at the heart of Colorado’s thriving high-tech innovation economy to collaborate directly with industry and thought leaders.

About Denver Startup Week:
Denver Startup Week, founded in 2012, is a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in Denver. The weeklong event is intended to unite the entrepreneurial community in Denver and celebrate the great companies, innovation and ideas happening in the city and the people and inspiration behind them. The core programming is centered on the entrepreneurial community with an emphasis in technology, design, social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and business. Events throughout the week are organized by both the Denver Startup Week Organizing Committee and the community at-large and include sessions, presentations, panels, workshops, happy hours, social events, job fairs and more. Denver Startup Week Title Sponsors are Aging 2.0, Chase for Business, Colorado State University, Downtown Denver Partnership, and Slack. For more information, follow the hashtag #DENStartupWeek and visit www.DenverStartupWeek.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2018

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The Cable Center Announces Fall 2018 Intrapreneurship Academy Class 

Nine-week program will teach 23 cable industry high performers how to effectively innovate within their organizations.

DENVER – August 14, 2018 – The Cable Center kicks off its fall 2018 Intrapreneurship Academy (IA) class today. Twenty-three cable industry rising stars, termed “Intrapreneurs,” will participate in this innovation-focused development program, which is designed to educate and empower the next generation of industry leaders. The Intrapreneurs represent a wide range of job functions and departments, from sales and product management to software engineering, CX, communications, and data analysis. IA’s fall class will include participants from 605, CableLabs, Charter Communications, Comcast, CWC/FLOW, Mediacom, Midco, and WOW!

Through in-person and online learning opportunities, the fall IA class will gain knowledge and skills as they apply them to real-world projects. Ninety-three percent of alumni from IA’s spring class, who graduated in June 2018, agreed that they made meaningful progress on their project by the end of the class. One hundred percent stated they learned new skills or tools they could use, and 100 percent said they would be able to apply what they learned in IA to their current role. Ninety-four percent said that IA created value for their company, and 93 percent felt that IA was a good to excellent experience.

"We’ve made improvements to the program each time based on participant feedback,” said Janice Silver, director of the Intrapreneurship Academy. “One such change to the last session was to engage our Intrapreneurs’ sponsors from the outset, and provide them materials throughout. This really kept them involved and proved to be one of the keys to the Intrapreneurs' success."

The program culminates in a two-day Capstone event at The Cable Center where participants will tie together everything they have learned with the creation of an innovation action plan.

The Cable Center’s fall 2018 class of Intrapreneurs are:

  • Kelly Carper, director of marketing, WOW!
  • Ulugbek Ergashev, senior product analyst – Machine Q, Comcast 
  • Whitney Fennell, vice president, retail sales and distribution, CWC/FLOW 
  • Jacob Ferlin, manager, product reporting, residential, Charter Communications 
  • Austin Flynn, senior manager, product management, residential, Charter Communications 
  • Hanna Frisendahl, senior video products analyst, Charter Communications 
  • Stephanie Gall, product manager, 605 
  • Liz Kennedy, director of planning, analysis and QA, WOW! 
  • Michelle MacFee, director of residential products, WOW! 
  • Joseph Rysavy, consumer products manager, Midco 
  • Avinash Sammeta, software principal 1, software development operations, Charter Communications 
  • Kym Semmens, senior program manager, Charter Communications 
  • Tjeerd Simons, engineer 4, Comcast 
  • Ann Sookswat, senior manager, business development, Charter Communications 
  • Sarah Sprague, office manager, Comcast 
  • Cody Stansbery, senior manager, enterprise tech support, Comcast 
  • John Sweet, manager, accessibility, Charter Communications 
  • Lagwana Tyler, director, field support center, Mediacom 
  • Jerome Utley, manager, strategic development, Comcast 
  • Stephen Vaccaro, manager, data analytics, Mediacom 
  • Lisa Warther, senior project manager, CableLabs 
  • Lisa Wiles, manager, product customer identity, Charter Communications 
  • Tess Wolf, product manager, Charter Communications

“I’m really impressed with this class’ breadth and depth of experience,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO at The Cable Center. “This illustrates our central premise that innovation can happen at all levels, and in all areas, of an organization.” 

IA is part of a larger initiative, the Community of Innovators (COI), a first-of-its-kind program for the cable industry, which connects people and ideas, and advances innovation through educational programs and support targeting three primary communities: high-potential industry employees, the startup community, and university students. For more information about the Intrapreneurship Academy or The Cable Center, visit www.cablecenter.org

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

 

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Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy Aims to Become Gold

By Sara Winegardner | July 9, 2018 |

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Everyone loves to drop buzzwords like “innovation,” but how many truly understand what that means or how to put it into practice? The crop that does is growing, thanks to The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy.

The program wrapped its pilot in November before the Center gave the greenlight to a full rollout this year, graduating a spring class and preparing to launch a fall session in August. The idea for the Academy was first discussed when Cable Center pres/CEO Jana Henthorn was pondering how to continue the Center’s legacy work, such as its Cable Hall of Fame and oral histories. At the same time, millennials in the industry were finding that while they thought cable was incredibly innovative and forward-thinking, their peers on the outside shared a much different view, calling it old-fashioned.

The younger generation’s desire to learn how to be entrepreneurial in a large company led to the idea of fostering intrapreneurship. “It helps rising stars be able to get their ideas across and feel like they have a say in what’s going on in the corporation,” Henthorn said, something that the Cable Center found is increasingly important to millennials nowadays. She also noted that giving young people this voice could lead to the Academy becoming a retention tool when many industries, not just cable, are struggling to hold on to their younger staff.

When it came down to the nuts and bolts of the Intrapreneurship Academy’s creation, she found inspiration in another top-notch industry training ground. “My model for this is [ WICT’s ] Betsy Magness Leadership Institute,” Henthorn said, who attended the Institute herself. “We want this Intrapreneurship Academy to be the gold standard for the industry and to still be growing and sought after in 24 years.” Next year, Betsy Magness will celebrate its 25th year of preparing senior level women for leadership responsibilities. The Academy appeals to a more junior audience.

Henthorn worked together with Robyn Bolton, dean of the Intrapreneurship Academy, to bring the program to life. Bolton, essentially the designer of the Academy, brought the curriculum together about a year ago. She’s now updating it, revising it and focusing on incorporating feedback from the pilot’s alumni. A key area of focus for her right now is in bolstering the bond between the intrapreneurs and their company sponsors.

“As much as I try to be there for the students and provide coaching, there’s no substitute for each intrapreneur having a sponsor within their organization,” Bolton said. The sponsor role was encouraged during the pilot program, but the role was certainly not official or formal. Feedback from the pilot class showed a need for greater sponsor guidance and incorporation into the process. Now, when the intrapreneurs are sent their lessons, their sponsors also receive them, allowing them to better guide the intrapreneurs while making the lesson relevant within each company. “That sponsor helps the participant open doors so their ideas can be heard, otherwise known as good old-fashioned mentoring,” Henthorn said. So what’s next for the program? Expansion.

While its focus right now is on the rising stars in the industry, The Cable Center would love to develop programs for alumni as well as those in more executive roles. Henthorn even mentioned the possibility of creating company-specific programs in the future, breaking down silos and departmental divides. Applications for the fall session were due Friday, July 6.

 

Link: http://www.cablefax.com/distribution/cable-centers-intrapreneurship-academy-aims-to-become-gold-standard

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2018

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The Cable Center is now accepting online applications for the Fall 2018 Intrapreneurship Academy class

Nine-week program teaches emerging cable industry leaders to innovate within their companies.

DENVER – The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy (IA), an innovation-focused professional development program designed to educate and empower the next generation of industry leaders, is now accepting online applications for the fall 2018 session. The IA fall class will run from August 14 to October 11, 2018, and will teach early and mid-career professionals how to effectively undertake innovation within their companies. The online application submission deadline is July 6, 2018.

The nine-week program welcomes cable industry rising stars from any department or discipline, from communications and public affairs, to software engineering and product development, to M&A and sales, to content development and more. The program is open to candidates from all areas of the cable industry – including MVPDs and operators, programmers and content providers, equipment vendors, and cable associations – to both people managers and individual contributors. The maximum class size is 20 people.

“The curriculum is built on the tenet that innovation is a process that can be learned, practiced, and honed,” says Robyn Bolton, Intrapreneurship Academy dean. “Our participants will learn key concepts and practical tools to cultivate creativity, uncover constraints, design a business model, assess and minimize risk, and effectively articulate ideas. This process will enable graduates to work through and advance innovation projects within their organizations.”

Through a combined in-person and online learning format, the IA “Intrapreneurs” will gain knowledge and skills as they apply them to real-world projects. They will also hear from cable industry luminaries known as “Innovation Laureates,” who will share their insights and the lessons learned from their ground-breaking careers. Past speakers include: Quentin Schaffer, EVP corporate communications, HBO; Evan Shapiro, founder and owner, eshapTV; Phil McKinney, president and CEO, CableLabs; and Peter Kiley, VP affiliate relations and communications, C-SPAN.

“One of my favorite aspects of the class was hearing all of the speakers,” says Joel Tyus, senior product manager at Evolution Digital, who graduated from the fall 2017 IA class. “Gaining insight from some of the leaders in the cable industry is a powerful part of the program. Everyone who spoke genuinely wanted to impart his or her knowledge to us, which still inspires me.”

In a recent study conducted by The Cable Center, 93 percent of IA graduates said they plan to apply the skills they gained in their current role. 79 percent said they now have a positive or much more positive view of the cable industry as a result of their participation in the program, while 64 percent said they are more likely to pursue a long-term career with their employer after participating.

IA is part of a larger initiative, the Community of Innovators (COI), a first-of-its-kind program for the cable industry, which connects people and ideas to advance innovation through educational programs and support, targeting three primary communities: high-potential industry employees, the startup community, and university students. To view the program details, such as sponsorship information and program cost, visit www.cablecenter.org/programs/community-of-innovators/tcc-ia. To apply online, visit www.cablecenter.org/programs/tcc-ia-application. The online application submission deadline is July 6, 2018.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

 

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"50 CAPITALS TOUR" BRINGS C-SPAN BUS TO DENVER ON MAY 1
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CABLE CENTER

DENVER, April 24, 2018 – C-SPAN’s state-of-the-art 45-foot customized motor coach is traveling to Denver on April 30 to May 1 as part of C-SPAN’s "50 Capitals Tour." Partnering with Comcast to engage teachers, students, community members, and elected officials through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN's multi-platform public service resources, the C-SPAN Bus will welcome visitors at events over two days. On April 30, parked outside the Colorado State Capitol Building, C-SPAN will host Governor John Hickenlooper aboard the Bus for a live interview for our signature morning call-in program, Washington Journal. On May 1, parked outside The Cable Center, C-SPAN will host and welcome University of Denver students, faculty and staff, and the local Denver community aboard the bus for a tour and other educational activities.

To launch its newly built Bus, C-SPAN embarked on a "50 Capitals Tour" in September 2017 and is heading to every U.S. state capital, culminating in November 2018 for the 25th anniversary of the Bus program. Throughout this 14-month tour, the C-SPAN Bus will open its doors at each state capitol to welcome visitors. C-SPAN Representatives will also gather video responses from visitors as part of its "Voices from the States" – an opportunity for visitors to share viewpoints on state issues and what they think Washington leaders should do to address local concerns.

The high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes these resources:
• Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
• A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
• A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
• A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN's unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks
• A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experiences through social media

Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN's cable and satellite providers for local interactions through visits to schools and community events. Visitors to the Bus will engage with the C-SPAN Bus crew and the onboard interactive tools to learn about the unique public service television network, C-SPAN's online presence and C-SPAN Classroom's comprehensive educational resources. Bus visitors will learn about C-SPAN's unique non-commercial, editorially-balanced, non-biased coverage of public affairs and political events and the cable industry's commitment to funding its operations.

"The Cable Center is thrilled that C-SPAN is continuing their long tradition of visiting communities across America sharing their political and educational resources. We're particularly proud to partner with C-SPAN along their '50 Capitals Tour' featuring Colorado and the issues we find most important,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center.

EVENTS (press invited):

MONDAY, APRIL 30
7:30 AM Colorado State Capitol Building visit; taped interview with the Governor aboard the Bus.
8:30 – 9:30 AM Open Bus at the Capitol
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

TUESDAY, MAY 1
12:00 – 2:00 PM Open Bus and cookout at The Cable Center
2000 Buchtel Boulevard, Denver, CO

While on the "50 Capitals Tour" the C-SPAN Bus will visit local schools in each state. Students and teachers will learn about C-SPAN Classroom, a free online educational resource, and C-SPAN's extensive online Video Library. C-SPAN has archived its programming since 1987 and now contains more than 235,000 hours of searchable public affairs content for viewing, research, and education purposes.

In Denver, C-SPAN programming is provided by Comcast as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 98; C-SPAN2 on channel 170; and C-SPAN3 on channel 169, and on the web at C-SPAN.org. All funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by cable and satellite providers.

Media can access photos and videos of the new C-SPAN Bus online here for reporting purposes. Fans can follow the adventures of the C-SPAN Bus on Twitter and Instagram @cspanbus, and online at C-SPAN.org/community.

About C‐SPAN: Created by the cable TV industry in 1979 and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‐SPAN programs three public affairs television networks; C‐ SPAN Radio, heard in Washington D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an App; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming. C-SPAN established the C-SPAN Bus community outreach program on Nov. 2, 1993.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

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PRESS RELEASE

April 10, 2018
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Hannah Rogers, Marketing and Communications Manager
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THE CABLE CENTER’S SPRING INTRAPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY CLASS FEATURES NEXT GENERATION OF EMERGING INDUSTRY LEADERS

Nine-week program teaches employees to innovate within their companies.

DENVER – The spring semester of The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy includes 19 rising stars, termed “Intrapreneurs,” set to participate in a future-focused development program designed to educate and empower the next generation of industry leaders. Launched as a pilot program last fall, the second Intrapreneurship Academy (IA) class will run from April 17-June 14, 2018, and will teach early and mid-career professionals how to undertake innovation within their companies—in the same way that entrepreneurs use innovation to launch new business concepts. 

The spring 2018 class of Intrapreneurs are:

  • David Bowman, commodity manager, ARRIS
  • Kristin Buch, senior director public affairs, NCTA
  • Romeo Ngo, software engineer, NCTA
  • Virginia Zigras, vice president government relations, NCTA
  • Monica Lena Del Vecchio, regional marketing manager, Liberty Latin America
  • Maarten Hekking, director M & A and corp. development, Liberty Latin America
  • Iraida Agosto, field tech supervisor/regional manager, Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico
  • Nicholas Lokan, manager technical product sales support, Comcast
  • Budd Batchelder, senior manager, EHS, Comcast
  • Jane Kinyua, director finance operations, Comcast
  • Stephen Demedis, manager employee communications, Comcast
  • Farhan Ahmed, principal engineer engineering operations, Comcast
  • Aaron Kardosh, manager customer journey, Comcast
  • Jake Kintzel, coordinator content partnerships, T-Mobile
  • Mark McLaws, manager office of the president, Liberty Global
  • Sarah O’Dwyer, supervisor promo planning and strategy, AMC Networks
  • Sarah Timoney, manager scheduling, AMC Networks
  • Sowon Sawyer, director scheduling, AMC Networks
  • Grace Chung, manager scheduling, AMC Networks

Participants in the nine-week program represent a wide range of job functions, from communications and public affairs to software engineering, product development, M&A, sales, content development, and sustainability initiatives. Their employers cover every aspect of the cable industry, including system operators (Comcast, Liberty Latin America, T-Mobile, and Liberty Global), content providers (AMC Networks), equipment providers (ARRIS), and associations (NCTA).

Through in-person and online learning opportunities, the IA class will gain knowledge and skills as they apply them to real-world projects. They will also hear from cable industry luminaries known as “Innovation Laureates,” who will share their insights and the lessons learned from their ground-breaking careers. Past speakers include: Evan Shapiro, founder and owner, eshapTV; Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs; and Peter Kiley, VP affiliate relations and communications, C-SPAN.

The program culminates in a two-day Capstone event at The Cable Center where participants will share experiences and present ideas on how their organizations can develop innovation to their company sponsors and industry leaders.

“The Academy has proven to be a successful model to advance the entrepreneurial legacy upon which the cable industry was built,” said The Cable Center’s president and CEO, Jana Henthorn. “The positive feedback we received after the pilot from participants and executives convinced us that the Academy has the potential to benefit the industry for years to come.”

93 percent of IA graduates said they plan to apply the skills they gained in their current role. 79 percent said they had a positive or much more positive view of the cable industry as a result of their participation in the program, while 64 percent said they are more likely to pursue a long-term career with their employer after participating.

“IA helped me put context around how to go about leading a project from the inside of a company—of a major Fortune 500 company! The program taught me a lot about stepping outside of my silo to engage others to spearhead my ideas and enact change from within,” said Katina Krittenen, IA alum, Charter Communications. “I attribute my recent promotion to director of software development to the IA program, as well as to the industry mentors who guided me along the way. The program has had a tremendous impact on my career, and I highly recommend it to both existing and new, emerging leaders.”

IA is part of a larger initiative, the Community of Innovators (COI), a first-of-its-kind program for the cable industry, which connects people and ideas, and advances innovation through educational programs and support targeting three primary communities: high-potential industry employees, the startup community, and university students. For more information about the Intrapreneurship Academy or The Cable Center, visit www.cablecenter.org.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

 

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The Cable Hall of Fame is Cookin'!

Carla Hall to Emcee Gala Event on April 4

DENVER, March 20, 2018 – Hootie Hoo! The Cable Center announced that Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” will emcee the 21st annual Cable Hall of Fame. The Cable Center will host the Cable Hall of Fame celebration Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

In addition to “The Chew,” where she is seated alongside restaurateur and “Iron Chef America” star Michael Symon, and entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo!” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Hall’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites.

“We love watching Carla on ‘The Chew’ and are absolutely thrilled to welcome her as our master of ceremonies for the Cable Hall of Fame celebration,” said Jana L. Henthorn, president and chief executive officer, The Cable Center. “From our six incredible Honorees to our thoughtfully curated ‘cable-to-table’ event menu, this really is the industry event you don’t want to miss. We can’t wait to welcome our industry friends and associates to the red carpet in NYC!”

The Cable Hall of Fame celebration will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony honoring: “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan, creator, AMC; Nomi Bergman, president, Advance/Newhouse; John Bickham, president and COO, Charter Communications; Balan Nair, president and CEO, Liberty Latin America; Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO; and Neil Smit, vice chairman, Comcast Corporation. The event program will also include the presentation of the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award to June Travis. A festive after-party concludes the evening’s activities.

Hall has also authored two cookbooks, “Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World” and “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You.” Her third book, "CARLA HALL’S SOUL FOOD: Everyday and Celebration” will be published October 23, 2018. A native of Nashville, TN, Hall received a degree in Accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe awakened her passion for food and inspired a new career path. She attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland where she completed her culinary training, going on to work as a Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, DC. She also served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club, and has taught classes at CulinAerie, Sur la Table, and her alma mater, L’Academie de Cuisine. Hall is a true believer that, “If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.”

Hall is also active with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart. She serves as a Board Member for the Pajama Program and GenYouth. Hall also actively works with Chef Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen Chef Network, DC Central Kitchen, The USO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Feeding America, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), and she serves on the advisory boards for the Edible Academy for the New York Botanical Gardens and for the Food and Finance High School in New York City. She is also a member of the James Beard Foundation’s Women's Leadership Advisory Committee, and is the Culinary Ambassador for Sweet Home Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. She lives in D.C. with her husband, Matthew Lyons.

The 21st annual Cable Hall of Fame is sponsored by Liberty Global, Liberty Latin America, Arris, Casa Systems, Charter Communications, Assurant, Commscope, Carlsen Resources, Cisco, Discovery, Alpha Technologies, Trace3, FierceCable/PayTV Show, AMC Networks, Advance, HBO, Shaw, Time Warner, Cablefax, Cynopsis, LightReading, Multichannel News, and Vision Graphics.

For more information on the Cable Hall of Fame celebration, visit www.cablehalloffame.com, 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, of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources, as well as the Community of Innovators initiative that focus on industry innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter 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 www.cablehalloffame.com or call 720-502-7513.

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The Cable Center Names 2018 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committees

DENVER, February 20, 2018 The Cable Center announced today the members of its 2018 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee. The 21st annual Cable Hall of Fame will be held April 4, 2018, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the Cable Hall of Fame celebration. The committee is chaired by Michael Willner, president and CEO, Penthera Partners, Inc.

The members of the committee are:

  • 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

“It is an honor to welcome these leaders to our Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee, and we thank them for their dedication and support,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center. “We can’t wait to hit the red carpet to celebrate our six new honorees at the Cable Hall of Fame event on April 4!”

In addition to inducting six new honorees, this year’s event program will also include the presentation of the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award, honoring the late William J. Bresnan, to June Travis.

The 21st annual Cable Hall of Fame is sponsored by Liberty Global, Liberty Latin America, Charter Communications, Arris, Discovery Communications, Carlsen Resources, FierceCable/PayTV Show, AMC Networks, HBO, Shaw, Time Warner, Cablefax, Cynopsis, LightReading, Multichannel News, and Vision Graphics.

For more information on the celebration and to secure sponsorships, visit www.cablehalloffame.com, or call 720-502-7513.

 

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, of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources, as well as the Community of Innovators initiative that focus on industry innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter 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 www.cablehalloffame.com or call 720-502-7513.

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Cable Center’s Future-Focused Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications From Cable Industry Rising Stars

DENVER The Cable Central is excited to announce that the application process for its 2018 Intrapreneurship Academy (IA) is now open. IA is a leadership program geared towards rising stars in the cable industry. It is designed to educate and empower the next generation of leaders to become intrapreneurs, to envision and effect innovation within their organization’s corporate structure.

Registration is now open for The Cable Center’s two IA sessions in 2018: Spring, April 17 – June 24; and Fall, August 14 – Oct. 11. Each nine-week session combines in-person, and online facilitated self-study, where Intrapreneurs will work through real-world projects as they complete each module. Candidates can apply at www.cablecenter.org. The deadline for spring session applications is Feb. 16.

“IA is a high impact program designed to help participants, particularly mid-level managers and new directors, develop the tools needed to help them make their ideas become realities,” said Janice Silver, Director of IA. “The program provides incredible visibility to cable industry leaders and leadership within the participants’ own organizations. In a survey of our fall class, 93% of graduates agreed that they will use their new tools and skills learned in their current role.”

While an entrepreneur is defined as a person who establishes a new business with an innovative idea or concept, an intrapreneur undertakes innovations on behalf of their organization. Both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs share similar qualities like conviction, creativity, zeal and insight, and both are instrumental in driving innovation.

The Cable Center held a successful IA pilot program last fall, graduating 17 “Intrapreneurs” from five cable organizations, including Charter, Arris, Cisco, Liberty Global and Evolution Digital. Several cable industry leaders participated in the training which included presentations from Phil McKinney, Evan Shapiro and Peter Kiley, and panels featuring Jay Rolls, David Fellows, Rich DiGeronimo, John Gowen and Tracy Jenkins Winchester. Our IA Dean, Robyn Bolton, is a former partner at Innosight, with 15+ years as an innovation and growth expe

For additional information on IA visit https://www.cablecenter.org/programs/intrapreneurship-academy-tcc-ia.html.

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, of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources, as well as the Community of Innovators initiative that focus on industry innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.

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