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July 23, 2010 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards



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Comcast and One Economy Honor Digital Connectors Graduates from Latin American Youth Center

Comcast and One Economy recognized a class of 17 graduates from the Comcast Digital Connectors program in Washington, D.C., at a special ceremony held on Friday, June 11 at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC).  The Comcast Digital Connectors program in Washington, D.C., launched in the summer of 2009 and provides LAYC youth from diverse, low-income backgrounds with an opportunity to learn about broadband technologies and how to put that knowledge to work in a wide range of community service activities.  

Among those celebrating the accomplishments of the graduates at the event were LAYC and Comcast leaders and staff, representatives from One Economy, parents and family members of the Digital Connectors graduates and members of the greater LAYC community.  In addition to certificates of recognition, each student received a netbook computer and Flip video camera.

The Comcast Digital Connectors program in Washington, D.C., took place during after-school hours and students could choose to participate in either the Technology Group or Media Group.  As part of the program, participants also volunteered their time at community-based organizations, senior centers, churches and even in their own homes to help improve digital literacy.  

The Technology Group focused on learning to work with software and hardware. Activities included leadership exercises and computer technology classes that involved Microsoft Office Certification, Web design, computer repair fundamentals, video editing, photography and more.  Participants also attended a tour of the U.S. Capitol, participated in workshops, helped to build the Computer Lab at the LAYC Teen Center, taught computer classes in their local communities and participated in Comcast Cares Day, the company's annual, nationwide day of service.

The Media Group focused on using media and broadband technology to make a positive impact in the community.  Activities included leadership and teamwork skills development; an introduction to digital media fundamentals including video, audio, photography, graphic manipulation and blogging; and extensive exploration of media and technology's impact on the community and the concept of socially engaged media. Participants shared their media skills with other local students and produced an hour-long bilingual radio special about teens and drug abuse as well as an official video submission to the Human Rights Film Festival.  Five of the students were selected to receive the Eric Moe Scholarship to attend the Mountainfilm Festival in recognition of their commitment to socially engaged media making.

One Economy founded the Digital Connectors' program and curriculum in 2003. Today there are youth engaged in Digital Connectors programs throughout the United States as well as similar digital literacy initiatives in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria. In addition to Washington D.C., the Comcast Digital Connectors program was launched in Houston, Texas; Springfield, Mass.; Morgantown, W. Va.; Burlington, Vt.; Tallahassee, Fla., and Miami, Fla. For more information, visit Comcast’s Web site.

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Honor Your Peers with a Cable Communications Achievement Award Nomination!

ACC is looking for the best of the best cable communications innovators and it’s up to you to make sure we find them! Every year ACC recognizes up to four cable communicators for their outstanding contribution to industry communications and public affairs. As an ACC member, this is your opportunity to honor your fellow communicators with a Cable Communications Achievement Award nomination.

Judged by ACC leadership, winners are selected for their innovative techniques, achievements, industry recognition including the Beacon Awards, and service to ACC. Nominees must be members of ACC for a minimum of three years and worked in cable a minimum of five years. Every year, one of the four winners may be named a “Rising Star” in the industry, with a maximum of two years in cable communications and no minimum requirement of ACC membership. The deadline for nominations is August 6. To make a nomination, contact Steve Jones at or visit the ACC Web site for detailed policies and procedures.

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Save $100—Register for FORUM 2010 by July 30!


FORUM 2010: Competition Everywhere has lined up the best and brightest experts in the industry to sharpen your competitive edge at this year’s two-day conference in New York City, September 15 and 16 and now you can save $100 by registering before July 30! Simply fill out the form found at ACC’s Web site and return it before the 30th to receive the early bird member discount.


FORUM 2010’s program has been designed to provide you with the information you need to understand cable’s place in the national and local economy as well as how to best communicate in an increasingly competitive and technologically evolving world. This year's conference opens with insight into the state of the rapidly changing landscape of cable from Kyle McSlarrow, president and CEO of NCTA in an interview with Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman. Speakers such as Craig Moffett, Senior Analyst, U.S. Telecommunications and U.S. Cable & Satellite Broadcasting, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. LLC, will examine how the industry stacks up against competitors and key ways to enhance your professional skills throughout the two-day conference as well. Register now and take the first step toward attending the FORUM 2010 in New York City, September 15 and 16. Information and a registration form are available on ACC’s Web site.


This year’s speakers include:

  • Debra Balamos, vice president, affiliate marketing, Ovation
  • Brian Burgess, vice president, director of employee engagement and internal communications, Manning, Selvage & Lee Global
  • Sal Cataldi, president & creative director, Cataldi Public Relations
  • Rob Densen, founder & CEO, Tiller, LLC
  • Chris Finnegan, vice president of communications, Planet Green, Health and FitTV
  • Catherine Frymark, senior vice president, U.S. Networks Communications, Discovery Communications
  • Peter Giles, president, Giles Communications, LLC
  • Chad Gutstein, executive vice president, Ovation
  • Brandy King, senior manager, public relations, Southwest Airlines
  • Tom Larsen, vice president, legal & public affairs, Mediacom Communications
  • Lisa Lovallo, vice president and system manager, Cox Communications
  • Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Craig E. Moffett, senior analyst, U.S. Telecommunications and U.S. Cable & Satellite Broadcasting, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
  • Stephen Pagano, executive vice president, Time Warner Cable
  • Gene Regan, director of corporate communications, Suddenlink Communications
  • Kristen Roberts, vice president, public relations & community investment, Western New England region, Comcast
  • Susan Warner, senior director, Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable 
  • Tina Waters, senior vice president, human performance, national customer operations, Comcast
  • Alicin Williamson, senior vice president, corporate responsibility and public affairs, MTV Networks

Be a part of cable communication’s premiere professional development event and join your colleagues for professional educational and networking opportunities to further your career. Make sure to save the date for the 2010 Beacon Awards Ceremony, closing FORUM on September 16. Registration starts at $800 (by July 30) and Beacon Awards Ceremony-only tickets are $150.


All FORUM 2010 events and the Beacon Awards Ceremony take place in the Hilton New York. A limited number of rooms are available for FORUM 2010. The hotel room rate is $399+ tax. Call 212-586-7000 or 800-HILTONS for reservations. To obtain the group rate, use code DIVW. The hotel room rate cutoff date is August 20, 2010.

You may also make your hotel room reservations online at the Hilton New York’s Diversity Week 2010 page.


All individuals attending any events during Diversity Week 2010 (WICT’s 2010 Leadership Conference, NAMIC’s 24th Annual Conference, FORUM 2010 or The Kaitz Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner) should make reservations under the code DIVW. All of the above events will be held within the Hilton New York. For more information or to register visit, ACC's FORUM 2010 Web page.

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Cox Conserves Heroes Names 2010 Award Winners

Cox Conserves has named six San Diego residents 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes and awarded $35,000 to the San Diego-area environmental nonprofits of their choice. In partnership with The Trust for Public Land, Cox Communications in San Diego solicited input from the public to nominate their favorite volunteer environmental heroes who continue to make contributions to protecting the environment. San Diegans cast 3,624 online votes to identify the first­-, second- and third-place youth and adult winners of the awards program.

The program featured an online nomination and voting process for the public to identify and select local everyday conservation heroes. A judging panel, including the 2009 adult and youth Cox Conserves Heroes winners, narrowed down the nominations and selected three youth and three adult finalists. To help the public learn more about the nominees before voting for the winners, the finalists were profiled on San Diego Insider Magazine on Channel 4 San Diego, and their stories were posted on

At a ceremony hosted by Hotel Solamar, an eco-friendly Kimpton hotel located in downtown San Diego, the Cox Conserves Heroes winners in each category were presented with prize money to donate to their favorite environmental nonprofit organization. First place winners in both categories received $10,000; second-place winners received $5,000; and third-place winners received $2,500 to be donated to the environmental nonprofit of their choice. All finalists were also awarded eco-friendly gifts, recognized on the field at a San Diego Padres game and treated to an evening of baseball with their friends and family.

Mark Jorgensen, a California State Parks retiree, was first-prize winner in the adult category. Jorgensen volunteers to help preserve land and habitat in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and was instrumental in creating Camp Borrego, where more than 300 underserved fifth graders participate in the free three-day camp to learn about geology, paleontology, archaeology, astronomy, endangered species and global sustainability. He will donate his prize to The Anza Borrego Foundation.

Youth first place winner Dakotah Flowers raised money to benefit the Home for Kids in South Africa (HOKISA) by creating and auctioning off dolls bearing messages from the children affected by AIDS living at HOKISA. Flowers made the “Messenger Dolls” from recyclable materials found in her own home and sold her creations at fundraising events. Proceeds directly benefit the orphaned children of HOKISA, and she will donate her prize to the Chula Vista Nature Center.

The $35,000 award money was provided by the James M. Cox Foundation and the Cox Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications in San Diego. The foundation is funded by Cox employees, who donate a portion of their paychecks that is matched 100 percent by the company. For more information, visit Cox Conserve’s Web site.

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Final Round of Beacon Awards Judging Completed

Senior cable communications professionals from across the country gathered at the NCTA building in Washington, D.C., on July 22 to serve as final round judges for the 2010 Beacon Awards.


On Thursday morning, ACC associate executive director Michelle Butler, welcomed the judges and thanked them for volunteering their time to judge the final round entries.


ACC will announce the finalists in August and the winners during the 2010 Beacon Awards luncheon on September 16, the closing event of FORUM 2010. Thanks to all volunteers who participated as a final round Beacon Award judge yesterday:


Pete Abel, Suddenlink Communications

Janice Caluda, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association

Pamela Ford, National Cable and Telecommunications Association

Frank Gallagher, Cable in the Classroom

Kimberly Gilmore, A&E Television Networks/ History

Jenni Glenn, PBS KIDS Sprout

Jennifer Marburg, Discovery Communications

Amy Quinn, Cox Communications

Casey Schick, Fox Cable Networks

Anthony Surratt, Time Warner Cable

Susan Warner, Time Warner Cable

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BET Holds Empowerment Summit for Girls


BET held the annual Fit, Flourishing, and Fly Girls Empowerment Summit, July 17th and 18th, in Cleveland to encourage girls ages 9-13 to take charge of their health and become agents of positive change in their communities. This year’s event brought in 212 girls who spent two days being encouraged and taught about healthy lifestyles by adult volunteers.


Girls were selected based on an application that asked them to define why a healthy lifestyle is important and how they can help Cleveland become a healthy city. Attendees participated in educational workshops that covered nutrition, physical activity, body image/self-esteem, bullying and violence prevention, leadership development, community advocacy, and an introduction to the health professions. They also participated in a live television taping of the Fit, Flourishing, & Fly Exercise video. The summit concluded with a town hall meeting and celebrity apperance by Britni Elise.


The Fit, Flourishing, and Fly Girls Empowerment Summit is a part of BET’s Healthy Education and Active Learning (HEAL) after-school program. The program aims to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity by training participants to become healthy lifestyle advocates in their communities and peer-group champions for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention lifestyles. For more information, visit HEAL’s Web site.

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Networks Partner for Cancer Research Fundraising Special


Cable and broadcast networks have partnered to air The Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) fundraising television event, September 10 at 8 pm EDT. Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, The Style Network, TVOne, and VH1 have agreed to air the SU2C event dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.


The telecast will feature live performances by recording artists, and stars from film, television and sports who will present content that provide viewers with insights into cancer. All public donations will go directly to cancer research. Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams, anchors of the CBS, ABC and NBC evening news broadcasts respectively, will host the special.  While the broadcast will honor the memory of those taken by the disease, it will also focus on surviving cancer and living a full life after being diagnosed with it.


The primary goal of SU2C is to support research that accelerates the delivery of new therapies to cancer patients, with the hopes of leading to quicker recovery. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively, rather than competitively, at a critical time in the field of cancer research.


The 2008 telecast was viewed in more than 170 countries and helped raise over $100 million. More than $83 million has since been committed to five multi-disciplinary “Dream Teams” of researchers from more than 50 institutions as well as to 13 young innovative scientists who are undertaking new research.


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Stand Up To Cancer’s scientific partner, is responsible for administering the grants and providing scientific oversight in conjunction with the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., institute professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to hasten the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. For more information, visit SU2C’s Web site.

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ACC Offers Trial Membership—Six Months Free!


Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC. The association has instituted a “test drive” trial membership initiative that allows prospective members to participate in the association’s various programs and professional development activities on a trial basis for six months free and without further obligation.


With the “test drive” membership, prospective members can join the organization without paying any up-front fees, and experience all the benefits ACC has to offer, including a comprehensive Web site, online chats and Webinars and ACC Briefs on key topics of interest, for six months.  To continue benefits and access to ACC programs after the trial period ends, new members simply pay half of the first year’s dues, or $100 to complete the year.  The “test drive” program runs through December 31, 2010. For more information, check out the registration form online or contact Prasana William at or 800-210-3396.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!


Join and support ACC by becoming a 2010 corporate member. For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.  For membership details, go to


Golden Benefactors

A&E Television Networks

Bright House Networks

Cablevision Systems Corporation

Cox Communications

ESPN, Inc.

Rainbow Media Holdings

Time Warner Cable

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.


Friends & Associates


Bresnan Communications

Cable ONE


California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Cisco Systems, Inc.

C-SPAN Networks

Discovery Communications

Florida Cable Telecommunications Association

Hallmark Channel

Insight Communications

Midcontinent Communications


NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

Scripps Networks

Showtime Networks

Starz Entertainment

The Weather Channel

Texas Cable Association


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