August 25, 2006 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Application Deadline Approaching for the Third Annual CTPAA Institute
History Channel Awards $250,000 in Grants to 27 History Organizations
Disney Joins Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Sponsor Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids
Lifetime Television Launches Public Service Initiative on Issues Facing Women and Families
Congratulations to the CTPAA Members Selected for Betsy Magness Leadership Program!
Job Opening:  Director of Media Relations for Cablevision's B2B Services
Job Opening:  Director of Media Relations for Cablevision's B2C Service
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Application Deadline Approaching for the Third Annual CTPAA Institute
The September 8th deadline for applications for CTPAA's Third Annual Public Affairs Institute is quickly approaching. After this time, applications will no longer be accepted for CTPAA's annual three-day, graduate level program. Apply today to participate and gain a more meaningful perspective on public affairs program management and execution.

This year, the CTPAA Public Affairs Institute will be held September 24-27, 2006, at The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The CTPAA Public Affairs Institute was developed to enhance the professional abilities of public affairs professionals in the areas of strategic issue management, communication, message development and public policies facing the cable industry.

The Institute is targeted at mid to senior level public affairs executives who are willing to push themselves to develop the enhanced skill sets necessary to meet the challenge of today's and tomorrow's competitive marketplace. This year's program, designed specifically for CTPAA by The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), will utilize franchising case studies from Virginia, Texas, Arizona and other states. Specifically, these case studies will review the political and public policy environments in each state and the multiple strategies, both successful and unsuccessful, the different parties used during the debate over modifying each state's franchising statutes.

Visit the CTPAA Web site to view a short video of participants from past Institutes and to see why they recommend the Public Affairs Institute to others. Since 2004, 44 cable industry executives have benefited from the Public Affairs Institute.

Applications, along with a current resume and a description of approximately 300 words that focuses on career goals, must be received by the close of business on Friday, September 8th in order to be eligible for consideration. Tuition is $3,600 and includes most meals, hotel sleeping room fees and a Tuesday evening networking/fun event. For more information on the Institute, please visit the CTPAA Web site or contact Steve Jones at or 202-775-1083.
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 History Channel Awards $250,000 in Grants to 27 History Organizations
As part of its Save Our History initiative, the History Channel recently announced the 2006-2007 Save Our History preservation grant recipients. The channel awarded $250,000 in grants of up to $10,000 to 27 history organizations across the country in partnership with schools and/or youth programs. The grants fund innovative, educational projects designed to bring communities together, actively engage children in the preservation of their local history and communicate the importance of saving local history for future generations.

The 2006-2007 grant recipients represent the many diverse and historically significant events, sites and people that make up more than four centuries of American history in 27 communities. Projects include tracing local immigration, studying contributions to the civil rights movement and preservation of the Luke Miller forge, a Revolutionary War blacksmith workshop used by officers and soldiers under George Washington. One of the grants will fund a project called "Living History: Lessons from the Children's Movement" to be completed by middle school students at Banks Middle School in Birmingham, Ala. Students will work with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to study and research the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, particularly focusing on the role children and students had in the movement. The grant allows students to conduct and interpret oral history interviews with adults who were children during the movement. In addition, the students' research will be the basis for a booklet with interview summaries, essays, poems and short stories that reflect on the experience. The process will be recorded and edited into a 30-minute program to be aired on a local cable broadcast.

With the help of local cable system affiliates, the Save Our History program also distributes Educator's Manuals for K-12 teachers offering lesson plans, activities, how-to instructional guides and articles from leading preservation institutions. In addition, the Save Our History National Honors Contest, an awards program recognizing 25 teachers and 25 students from across the country, is sponsored with the support of various affiliates. The contest recognizes teachers and students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to history education and historic preservation in their communities.

Since founding the National Grant Program, the History Channel has received funding requests from history organizations representing 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, the History Channel and its sponsors have contributed $750,000 in grant funding toward this cause. For more information on the program or how affiliates can become involved, please contact Stephanie Figura at 212-704-4533 or
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 Disney Joins Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Sponsor Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids
The Disney Channel is teaming up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to sponsor a national campaign raising awareness of meaningful time spent between adults and children. The initiative includes Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids, an annual event highlighting the value of meaningful time spent between caring adults and children and will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Actor and recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus along with his daughter Miley Cyrus will serve as national spokespersons for the day. Both Cyrus and his daughter are featured on the Disney Channel's series "Hannah Montana" and will kick off the day in Los Angeles. Millions of adults and kids are expected to participate in some 2,000 events at Boys and Girls Clubs and other locations nationwide on the 16th.

Although the BGC Day for Kids is scheduled for only one day, the Boys & Girls Clubs hope to bring attention to the fact that every day should be a day for kids through a year-round Web site,, providing tools, resources and tips supporting interactions with young people. A survey conducted this summer of more than 1,500 Boys & Girls Clubs members from across the nation identified how young people felt about meaningful time spent between adults and children. The survey results showed that 78% of young people feel they do spend meaningful time with their parents, but 43% reported that they wanted their parents to spend more outdoor time with them. Most young people are participating in physical activities and games with their parents several times a week (55.1%) and eating home cooked dinners together regularly (77%). Additionally, 68% of young people identified their parents or guardians as the most important role models in their lives. Only 10% noted their most important role model was a celebrity and 5% noted a teacher.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America comprise a national network of more than 3,900 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 4.6 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Key Boys & Girls Clubs programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. In 2005, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America was the inaugural winner of the CTPAA Community Bridges Award. The Community Bridges Award was established in 2004 by CTPAA to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals that take part in cable public affairs initiatives and are often instrumental to the success of those initiatives. For additional information on the BGC Day for Kids, contact Mary Huff at 404-713-3774.
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 Lifetime Television Launches Public Service Initiative on Issues Facing Women and Families
Lifetime Television is working with several nonprofit organizations to raise awareness through a multi-faceted public service initiative addressing issues that women and families face, such as low self-esteem and literacy. With assistance from Girls Inc., the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the National Center for Family Literacy, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), Save the Children and the YWCA of the USA, Lifetime created several resources in conjunction with the premiere of "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale," an original Lifetime movie. The initiative builds on the themes explored in the movie and encourages women to achieve their dreams despite obstacles that they might face. The campaign includes a Public Service Announcement (PSA), online resources and a national essay contest.

Following the movie's premiere on Saturday, August 19, Lifetime aired a PSA featuring Fantasia and how she struggled to become a confident reader. Viewers were encouraged to access the online film discussion guide and resources. Online resources such as the viewer's guide feature information provided by the non-profit organizations, allowing readers to educate themselves on topics such as literacy, teen sex and pregnancy, sexual assault and achieving their dreams. The guide provides suggestions for persons facing these struggles and encourages readers to participate in community action events related to these issues.

In addition to the online viewer's guide, Lifetime is sponsoring an essay contest asking the question, "What is your life long dream and what steps must you take to achieve it?" The essay contest ends September 16 and the writer of the winning essay will win two tickets to the 2007 American Idol season six series finale in Los Angeles.

The movie is based on the true story of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's own struggles to overcome low self-esteem and literacy. For more information on the initiative, contact Cherice Walker at 212-424-7293 or
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 Congratulations to the CTPAA Members Selected for Betsy Magness Leadership Program!
Congratulations to the five CTPAA members who were chosen to participate in Class XIV and XV of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, the flagship executive leadership program of Women in Cable Telecommunications. Kathryn Falk, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications of Northern Virginia was chosen for Class XIV. Class XV CTPAA participants are Christine Bragan, director of marketing and communications for Rainbow Media Holdings; Darlene Chapman, vice president of marketing for AmericanLife TV Network; Amy Porter Cohn, executive director of public affairs for Cox Communications, Inc.; and Kimberly Maki, vice president of membership, marketing, & business development for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. In addition, CTPAA member and Class XI Alumna Kiera Hynninen, senior vice president of marketing for the National Geographic Channel, will serve as the chair for Class XIV.

For over twenty-five years, WICT has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide leadership programs and services and create professional advancement opportunities for women. The Betsy Magness Leadership Institute was established by WICT in 1993 with a grant from TCI's Bob Magness and J.C. Sparkman. The 2006 BMLI is presented by WE, providing intensive, yearlong leadership training and is lauded for its record of increasing the presence of women among the industry's executive ranks. More than 350 women have graduated from the Institute. For more information on the Institute, contact Melissa Northern at or visit
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 Job Opening:  Director of Media Relations for Cablevision's B2B Services
Rainbow Media seeks a Director of Media Relations for Cablevision's B2B Services.  The successful candidate will be responsible for development and implementation of media and public relations activities in support of Cablevision's business telecommunications services including Optimum Lightpath and Optimum for business. The Director will create media relations campaigns, manage relations with trade and consumer media, serve as company spokesperson when needed and help manage all interaction between senior executives and the media. The ideal candidate must have 7+ years experience developing highly effective PR initiatives in a fast-paced corporate environment and be a self-starter with excellent written, verbal and platform skills.  Knowledge of business environment in tri-state area a plus. All qualified parties should send resumes to: 
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 Job Opening:  Director of Media Relations for Cablevision's B2C Service
Rainbow Media is currently searching for a Director of Media Relations for Cablevision's B2C Service. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing media and public relations activities for Cablevision's products and services including cable, internet and video on demand offerings. This position includes heavy consumer and trade media relations and company-wide coordination of activity among appropriate divisions. The Director also assists in formulating media policy related to cable regulatory matters as well as other areas including telephony and corporate communications as needed. The ideal candidate must have 7+ years public relations or media relations experience with internet, cable telecommunications or related industry experience strongly preferred.  Additionally, she/he must be a self-starter with excellent writing and verbal skills as well as a track record in developing diverse media relations initiatives in a fast-paced environment. All qualified parties should send resumes to: 
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 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
Disney & ESPN Media Networks
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
AZN Television
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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