Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

May 13, 2011 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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ACC Launches Mentor Program to Enhance Membership Experience

The Association of Cable Communicators rolled out an important new membership benefit this week to enhance professional growth and development – the ACC Mentor Program. The program is specifically targeted to help younger members learn from the experience of more seasoned members. The inaugural announcement of the Mentor Program took place in New York City during the association’s 6th Cable Communications Institute, ACC’s signature professional development event held in conjunction with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.

Free to all members, the Mentor Program, through a pairing process, will match less experienced ACC members with more senior counterparts to share professional and personal skills and experiences, fostering new relationships, career growth and development. The inaugural program, which will run for one year, is now open for applications in the Members-Only area of the ACC Web site. To login to the Members-Only area, your email address is your Username and your Password is your last name, using all lower case letters.

“One of the most important things ACC is uniquely able to do is foster career development and growth by connecting cable communicators in a variety of ways, and this new mentor program will serve this key objective and benefit members regardless of their level of experience,” said ACC President Jim Maiella. “We hope all of our members take advantage of this exciting new opportunity to connect with their peers and exchange ideas, insights and best practices.”

The ACC Mentor Program launches with a number of high profile senior cable executives who have volunteered to be paired as mentors in the program. Some of the individuals who are participating include Brian Dietz, Vice President, Communications, NCTA; Ellen East, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable; Catherine Frymark, Senior Vice President, Communications, Discovery Communications; Annie Howell, Senior Vice President, Communications & Media Relations, Hallmark Channel & Hallmark Movie Channel; Peter Kiley, Vice President, Affiliate Relations, C-SPAN Networks; Anita Lamont, Senior Director, Communications, Charter Communications; Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN, Inc.; Jim Maiella, Vice President of Media Relations, Cable & Communications, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Misty Skedgell, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Anthony Surratt, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Time Warner Cable; and John Wolfe, Vice President, Public & Government Affairs, Cox Communications.

ACC members should apply to be a mentee or mentor via the ACC Web site in the Members-Only area. June 1, 2011, is the deadline for individuals to join the program for its first full year. If you are not currently a member, use ACC’s trial membership and join free for your first six months. For additional information, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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Discovery Communications and Mike Rowe Announce Discover Your Skills

Discovery Communications and Mike Rowe, creator, executive producer and host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, today announced “Discover Your Skills,” a new multimedia public affairs campaign designed to address the growing decline in US skilled labor expertise. The goal of “Discover Your Skills” is to provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to critical resources for obtaining marketable job skills and expertise, and to raise awareness of career opportunities.

Announcing the initiative, Rowe testified at the invitation of Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, at a May 11 hearing titled “Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy.” He related his experiences over the past seven years on the show Dirty Jobs, apprenticing alongside more than 300 skilled labor workers in nearly every industry and every state, and witnessing the critical role these workers and their occupations play in supporting the US economy. “Discover Your Skills” is a partnership with mikeroweWORKS, Rowe's own campaign to help close the skills gap, launched on Labor Day 2008.

As part of “Discover Your Skills,” Rowe, along with other Discovery networks’ personalities, will participate in on- and off-air programs and events to raise awareness of career opportunities and highlight the importance of training workers to fill these critical jobs. Participating on-air talent have distinctive skills that are particularly valuable and needed in today’s marketplace, and are credible to viewers interested in similar professions.

The initiative also will leverage Discovery Education’s position as the leading provider of broadband education content and services to US schools to spotlight information on career opportunities in skilled trades and how to obtain the training and experience necessary to pursue them. This includes tools that support the development of digital literacy, math and critical thinking skills required for individuals to obtain gainful employment.

“Discover Your Skills” is part of Discovery’s Impact programs, which leverage the power of Discovery’s brands, businesses and employees to give back and make a direct impact on the communities in which we live and work.

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Comcast Awards $184,000 in Scholarships to Pennsylvania High School Seniors

The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 174 Pennsylvania high school seniors $1,000 scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment programs, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.

Comcast officials were joined by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and state legislators in recognizing the students at a special event held Tuesday, May 3 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

Comcast also awarded LaQuinn Thompson from William Penn Senior High School in York a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given personal notebook computers to use at college.

“We congratulate these students not only for their achievements in the classroom but their brilliance outside it, and we thank Comcast for its annual recognition of these accomplishments,” said Governor Corbett. “When our hard-working, ambitious students are driven to help make their communities better, all residents of Pennsylvania are richer for their ambition.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time, $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement and its value to the business community.

Each year, Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors and school administrators to select the scholarship recipients. Since the program’s inception there have been more than 15,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $15.4 million.

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Judge the 2011 Beacon Awards!

Get a front-row seat to the latest innovations in cable communications as a 2011 Beacon Awards judge. While judging the Beacon Awards, you will learn what your cable communications peers across the country are accomplishing and walk away from the experience with hundreds of new ideas and connections. It’s now easier than ever to judge—ACC sends entries to your location for evaluation at your convenience.

For the first round, ACC will mail or email entries to ACC member volunteers to review during a two-week period in July. To serve as a Beacon Awards judge or if you have any questions, please contact Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372.

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C-SPAN Launches 2011 LCV Cities Tour

To expand systematically its non-fiction and history programming beyond the Beltway, C-SPAN recently launched its “LCV Cities Tour” during which the unique history and literary life of eight southeastern cities, one each month from May through December, will be featured on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel (BookTV on C-SPAN2) and history channel (American History TV on C-SPAN3 ). C-SPAN producers are travelling the eight-month tour in specially detailed Ford Transit Connect vehicles, which C-SPAN has dubbed its “Local Content Vehicles,” or “LCV’s.”

The eight cities included on this tour and the days they will be featured on C-SPAN Networks are: Tampa, Florida, (May 28–29); Savannah, Georgia, (June 25–26); Charleston, South Carolina, (July 30-31); Frankfort, Kentucky, (August 27-28); Charlotte, North Carolina, (September 24-25); Knoxville, Tennessee, (October 29-30); Birmingham, Alabama, (November 26-27); and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (December 24-25).

To record this content, C-SPAN producers will spend one week in each of the selected cities, visiting various literary and historic sites, and interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders. Each member of the LCV team, led by longtime C-SPAN manager Debbie Lamb, is equipped to shoot and edit video on location as well as make presentations to the community about the work they do for the network.

Meantime, with representatives of C-SPAN’s cable affiliates, the LCV team will visit schools, civic associations, and other key community organizations, talking about cable’s longtime commitment to public service through carriage of the C-SPAN channels. During C-SPAN’s inaugural tour stop in Tampa/St. Petersburg, which began Monday, May 9, the network also will record interviews about the city’s plans for the 2012 Republican national convention; C-SPAN will do likewise during a later visit to Charlotte, NC, site of the 2012 Democratic national convention.

In Tampa and St. Petersburg, C-SPAN is partnering with its local cable affiliate, Bright House Networks which is helping to advise on and organize the week’s many logistics. A May 9 press conference at the Tampa Bay History Center kicked off C-SPAN’s week of video production in Tampa/St. Petersburg and launches the national project. C-SPAN will work with its local cable affiliates, including Comcast, Cox, Frankfort Plant Board and Time Warner Cable, in the seven other cities on the LCV tour.

C-SPAN’s LCV initiative also will incorporate extensive digital and social media outreach, including use of Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and online streaming on C-SPAN Web sites. C-SPAN video from each city will be archived – and easily searchable, clippable, and shareable – through C-SPAN’s online Video Library.

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One Week Remaining to Save $50 When Registering for FORUM 2011

Save $50 off the registration fee for FORUM when you register by next Friday, May 20. The current registration fee is $750 for the two-day conference, October 5-6 in New York City at the Hilton New York. However, on May 21 the registration fee increases to $800 including the closing Beacon Awards luncheon and reception. The FORUM Committee is currently working on developing three general sessions and four breakout sessions to keep you abreast of the latest in cable and communications trends and expertise. To register, please go to the FORUM 2011 page and click on the FORUM 2011 registration link.

Additionally you may also reserve your room for FORUM 2011 and Diversity Week. Single/Double rooms at the Hilton New York are priced at $344/night plus tax. You must make your reservation by Friday, September 9 to receive this rate. You can make a room reservation by calling 1-800 HILTONS, and reference Cable Diversity Week to receive the group rate.

Room reservations may also be made at the Hilton New York online by going to, This registration page is specifically designed for all executives attending any of the events during Cable’s Diversity Week, including FORUM. For additional information or to join the FORUM 2011 planning committee, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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Congratulations, Sheila Willard!

ACC member Sheila R. Willard, senior vice president, government affairs, Comcast Cable Corporation, was named this year’s recipient of the Vanguard Award for government & community relations. Willard and the other Vanguard Award winners will be honored on June 16 at the NCTA Vanguard Awards Lunch and Ceremony during the 2011 Cable Show in Chicago.

The Vanguard Awards are the industry's most prestigious awards presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). The Awards recognize individuals who have made the cable and telecommunications industry what it is today. They epitomize the multi-dimensional talents of exceptional leadership. Award winners are nominated by the NCTA membership and selected by an Awards Committee composed of members from the NCTA Board of Directors as well as former award winners.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

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 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
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Cisco Systems, Inc.
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Minnesota Cable Communications Association
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Texas Cable Association

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