Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

March 7, 2008- About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:

 FORUM 2008 Hotel Reservation Deadline & Other News

  • Today is the deadline to guarantee the special FORUM 2008 room rate (single/double room for $299 + tax) at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. To make reservations, call the Mayflower Hotel at 800-468-3571 or 202-347-3000 and reference Association of Cable Communicators, or code ACCACCA.
  • Still thinking about making a donation to the Silent Auction? Do it today! Please fill out the donation form and fax it to 202-222-2371. Donation forms must be received by March 10, 2008, to guarantee listing in the bid book. Items may arrive separately between the dates of March 24-27, 2008, and should be shipped to ACC at 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20001. This year's auction will be held Sunday, March 30, 2008, and again benefit the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media. The Foundation offers minority youth the support, education and skills needed to obtain jobs in the media industry. For more information on the auction, contact Alex Danoff at 202-222-2370 or services@cablecommunicators.org.
  • Review the preliminary agenda of sessions, confirmed speakers and moderators to help you plan for FORUM 2008. It is available online at http://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum_agenda.php.
  • It was just announced by the U.S. Park Service that the conference will be held during the peak blossom period of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (the trees surround the tidal basin and Jefferson memorial). Just another reason to register for FORUM and to come to D.C.! Register by March 14 and save $100. For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit http://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum.

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 Comcast and Delaware State Police Team Up for Police Blotter On Demand

Comcast digital cable customers throughout Delaware and the surrounding area have a new way to keep an eye out for wanted criminals. In a joint effort with state police in Delaware, Comcast is now offering "Police Blotter On Demand," a free, on-demand service that uses regularly updated video profiles to spread the word about fugitives and missing persons. The service, which began in the Philadelphia area, gives viewers information on how to contact police anonymously if they have knowledge about the profiled individuals. Customers can view the police blotter profiles any time by tuning to Channel 1 and scrolling through On Demand's Get Local section to the Police Blotter.
                                                                                                              
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 Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and Nickelodeon are ACC's 2008 Golden Beacon AwardŽ Nominees

The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) has announced the nominees for the Golden Beacon Award, the association's highest honor, are Animal Planet's "Animal Planet Expo 2007," Nickelodeon's "Let's Just Play" and Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth."

ACC's Golden Beacon Award recognizes a communications and public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry, while enhancing cable's image nationwide. The 2007 Golden Beacon Award recognized Cox Communications for its communications and public affairs initiative "Take Charge! Takes on Internet Safety."

ACC members who judged the Beacon Awards nominated Animal Planet for its "Animal Planet Expo 2007" campaign. Celebrating its 10th consecutive year creating lasting memories for families nationwide, Animal Planet Expo 2007 brought distribution partners and communities together to share a common passion: animals. As the longest-running, consumer-focused tour in the cable television industry, Animal Planet Expo has successfully offered local affiliates a host of unique marketing opportunities -- from bottom-line incentives to top-of-mind consumer awareness -- all in one fun-filled package. Since its launch in 1998, nearly 1.5 million animal lovers of all ages have experienced the thrill of exotic animal presentations, Frisbee dog shows, on-site pet adoption and more. 

Nickelodeon is a nominee for its program "Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play." The campaign is built on three key components. Let's Just Play Go Healthy Challenge consists of on-air, online and community-based events to generate a movement among kids to be healthy. Information and resources are available via all media platforms, which includes on-air, Nick magazine, Nick.com, TurboNick, iTunes, online gaming and VOD. During Worldwide Day of Play, Nickelodeon, Noggin, NickToons, Nick GAS, and Nick.com go completely dark, taking programming off the air for three full hours to deliver one simple message: turn off the television, get up, get out and go play. Finally, Let's Just Play Giveaway gives kids ages 6 to 15 a chance to bring much-needed dollars and resources for fitness, recreation and nutrition programs to their schools and communities.

Discovery Channel's Emmy award-winning series Planet Earth goes to the core of the company's mission to provide the world's highest quality programming. The goal of Planet Earth was to present our world as it has never been seen before, to create an epic HD series and to ensure that millions tuned in. Redefining natural history, the series is one of the most ambitious projects Discovery has undertaken, requiring every part of the company to make it a reality – including on air, Discovery HD Theater, VOD, partnerships with groups ranging from national sponsors to The Nature Conservancy, and creative publicity, marketing, and retail campaigns and promotions. Ultimately, Planet Earth became the most watched cable event of the century. It broke new ground in filmmaking techniques, went where no cameras have gone before, and revealed startling new animals and animal behavior. It is truly natural history for the 21st century.

ACC will honor this year's Golden Beacon Award nominees and announce the winner during the Beacon Awards Gala, set for Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at The Rennaissance Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, D.C. The Beacon Awards Gala is one of the highlights of ACC's FORUM 2008:  "ACCess the Power:  Connect.  Communicate.  Transform." For more information on the Golden Beacon Award nominees, go to ACC's Web site.
                                                                                                              
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 Reserve a Table for the 2008 Beacon Awards Ceremony and Gala

ACC is offering reserved tables for the 2008 Beacon Awards Ceremony and Gala on April 1, 2008, at the close of FORUM. A reserved table for registered FORUM attendees is $1,500. For dinner guests only, reserved tables are $3,000 and include 10 tickets. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-222-2372 or mbutler@cablecommunicators.org.
                                                                                                              
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 Cox, The History Channel and Cable in the Classroom Present American History Lessons On Demand

Cox Communications Northern Virginia, The History Channel and Cable in the Classroom (CIC) are partnering to offer nearly 20 hours of on-demand American history programming for free to Cox Digital Cable subscribers in Fairfax County and the Fredericksburg region. The initiative is the first instance for a cable system to offer CIC programming On Demand to subscribers.

The History Channel will provide much of the content, which will range from early American to contemporary history, as well as the civil rights movement and Native American history. CIC and the History Channel have also put together free discussion guides and other supplemental materials, which can be found at www.history.com/classroom/ and www.ciconline.org. For more information, please contact Cable in the Classroom's Robin Scullin at 202-222-2345 or rscullin@ciconline.org.
                                                                                                              
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 Refer a Peer for ACC Membership and Receive a $20 Gift Certificate!

Do you have a colleague who would benefit from membership in ACC?  Recommend them to join ACC membership and receive a free gift! Members who refer colleagues for membership in the association receive a $20 gift certificate from Borders Bookstore or Amazon.com. Connect your colleagues today with the only professional association for cable communicators! Peer referral forms are available on ACC's Web site.
                                                                                                              
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 HBO, Comcast Will Host Virginia Premier of John Adams

HBO, in coordination with Comcast Corp. and the Virginia Film Office, will host the premiere of its historical miniseries John Adams in Richmond on March 9. The series, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, was filmed on location in Williamsburg and the greater Richmond area, as well as Europe.

The invitation-only premiere will take place at Richmond's historic Byrd Theater, and will be attended by the state's governor, Timothy Kaine, producers Hanks and Gary Goetzman and David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the nation's second president. The miniseries will debut on HBO March 16 with back-to-back episodes.
                                                                                                              
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 Realignment of Cable Industry Events to Shift ACC's FORUM to Autumn in 2009

In conjunction with the plan recently approved by the Board of Directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to consolidate cable industry meetings and events, ACC's FORUM will be moved to the fall starting in 2009. The 2009 Beacon Award deadline will be adjusted accordingly. The realignment plan establishes two designated weeks each year, called "Cable Connection- Spring" and "Cable Connection- Fall," during which cable associations and professional societies will schedule major annual events.

ACC's first event under the new plan, FORUM 2009, will be held October 25-28, 2009, in Denver, Colo. along with CTAM's Summit, CableLabs' seminar, SCTE's CAbleTEC Expo, NCTA's Board of Directors Meeting, the Walter Kaitz Foundation Annual Dinner, NAMIC's Annual Conference and the Cable Center's Hall of Fame Dinner. For more information on the realignment plan, please contact Rob Stoddard or Brian Dietz of NCTA at 202-222-2350.
                                                                                                              
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 Lifetime Networks, Hearst Corporation Co-Hosting Luncheon Featuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi

In commemoration of national women's history month, Lifetime Networks and Hearst Corporation are co-hosting a special lunch with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), today at Hearst Tower in New York City. The event is part of Lifetime's Every Woman Counts campaign that encourages women to vote, speak out on critical issues and run for elected office.

Speaker Pelosi will discuss her agenda in the House of Representatives and her experience as one of the highest-ranking women in the history of U.S. government. Elected as the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the fall of 2002, Pelosi became the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress. In January 2007, Pelosi was elected to her current position as Speaker of the House.

The Every Woman Counts campaign was launched in 1992 and includes original on-air programming, digital content and grassroots activities in partnership with a large coalition of media outlets. For more information on Every Woman Counts, contact Nancy Bennett at 800-834-1110 or nancy@nancybennet.info.
                                                                                                              
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 New ACCbriefs Addresses the DTV Transition

Keep an eye out for the latest edition of ACCbriefs that will be arriving by mail to all members within the next few days. It overviews the DTV transition from the "cable point of view" and contains information on explaining the transition internally to company employees as well as others within your community.

The guide reviews the following areas:
ˇ What is the digital TV transition?
ˇ What do cable subscribers and non-subscribers need to do before February 17, 2009?
ˇ What type of television do you have and will it receive the new digital signals?
ˇ How do you apply for DTV converter coupons?
ˇ What is the role of low power/community broadcast television stations in this transition?
ˇ Why is the digital transition happening?
ˇ What is HD radio?

Additional copies of ACCbriefs may be obtained by going to the ACC Web site and downloading the pdf document. Additional materials concerning the DTV transition can be found on NCTA's Web site, www.ncta.com.
                                                                                                              
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 Thank You, Corporate Members!

Join and support ACC by becoming a corporate member. For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@cablecommunicators.org or 202-222-2373.  For membership details, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/cmember.php.

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
MTV Networks
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Benefactors
Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
BET
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
CableLabs
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gospel Music Channel
GSN.  The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
HBO
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications
Texas Cable Association
                                                                                                              
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