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October 28, 2011 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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History Joins Forces with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to Support National Call for Photos

History is partnering with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in a nationwide Call for Photos effort supporting the Education Center at The Wall, a place on the U.S. National Mall which will ensure that military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The partnership ties to the upcoming six-hour special, Vietnam in HD, premiering on the network Tuesday-Thursday, November 8, 9 and 10 at 9pm ET/PT.

History and VVMF kicked off this combined campaign with a ceremony in New York City at Military Island in Times Square, on Tuesday, October 11. During the ceremony, New Yorkers were asked to participate in this national initiative to gather photographs and stories of the 58,272 men and women listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Special guests for the event included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha.

Ceremonies also took place in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 13 featuring Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille and in Atlanta on October 25 featuring Senator Johnny Isakson and General Barry McCaffrey. An additional ceremony is scheduled for November 3 in Chicago, and the national ceremony is slated for Veterans Day at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta, the effort includes a presentation of VVMF’s traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., called The Wall That Heals. Friends and families have been invited to bring photos of their loved ones whose names are memorialized on The Wall, so they may be scanned onsite and eventually featured in a permanent exhibit at the Education Center at The Wall. To date more than 35,000 photos are still needed to complete this exhibit.

In each market, History is also working with partners and local constituents to locate Vietnam veterans and their family members who have not yet visited the Memorial in D.C. to invite them to a special ceremony which takes place at the Memorial this upcoming Veterans Day. Furthermore, History is issuing a call to action through its own programming, Web site, print publications and through the help of more than 500 Barnes and Noble stores across America which will showcase an in-store video explaining the campaign in an additional effort to help VVMF to identify, scan and install photos in Washington.

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USA Network Extends the Characters Unite National Storytelling Tour

USA Network has partnered with Comcast and Charter to extend its Beacon Award-winning Characters Unite National Storytelling Tour with the renowned nonprofit storytelling organization The Moth. The tour includes a series of Mainstage shows and educational workshops in communities and high schools across the country, as part of USA’s Characters Unite public service campaign to combat prejudice and discrimination. Storytellers in the Mainstage shows and the high school programs tell a true story, live on stage, without notes, about facing some form of bigotry or discrimination and how the experience changed their outlook and empowered them to make a positive change. The goal is to use the power of storytelling to bring diverse people together, encourage more productive dialogue and foster greater understanding and acceptance.

The tour resumed this month in Washington, D.C. in partnership with Comcast, with a Mainstage showcase on October 26th at the Newseum and featured Special Guest Christopher Gorham from USA’s hit series Covert Affairs and stories from Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker; Author and Award-winning Blogger Meghan McCain; Comedian and Performer Greg Walloch; Co-founder of Kindness Above Malice (KAM), Kevin Jacobsen; and Jeffery Rudell, Writer and 2003 Winner of The Moth's Story Slam Championship.

The complementary high school program took place at Ballou High School and commemorated National Bullying Prevention Month. Nine students participated in four days of after-school workshops to learn the art and craft of storytelling and then shared their true tales at an in-school assembly on October 27th.

Later this fall, the tour will make additional stops at high schools in St. Louis and Atlanta. A Mainstage event and high school program also will be held early next year in Los Angeles. Both the Mainstage and school events will be held in partnership with Comcast and Charter Communications' systems in those cities.

First launched in fall of 2010, the storytelling tour made stops in New Orleans, New York City, Seattle, Denver and Chicago. A wide range of hosts and storytellers have participated in the tour, including actors Angela Bassett, Kristin Chenoweth, Mos Def, Pam Grier and Peter Gallagher; acclaimed writers Walter Mosley, Cindy Chupack, Ernesto Quinonez and Wes Moore; New York City Police chaplain Imam Khalid Latif; President of Urban Preparatory Academy Tim King; paralympic athlete, disabilities advocate and model Aimee Mullins; comedian Judy Gold; Barney’s Creative Director Simon Doonan; and more. A special school kit and storytelling activity guide also is available to all high schools. For more information, visit

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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 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, 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 has been expanded and now runs through December 31, 2011. For more information, check out the registration form online or contact Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372.

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Discovery Expands Discover Your Skills to Raise Awareness of Career Opportunities in General Aviation

Discovery Communications recently unveiled new online content on its Web site as part of its ‘Discover Your Skills' job skills initiative, a multimedia public affairs campaign designed to provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to critical resources for obtaining marketable job skills and expertise. The new content includes a PSA highlighting career opportunities in the general aviation industry and featuring Ariel Tweto of Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska, whose family operates a small airline that delivers critical supplies to remote parts of Alaska.

Tweto and Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel, announced the new content at a reception for the bipartisan Congressional General Aviation Caucus to recognize the important role the general aviation industry plays in supporting the nation's economy, creating jobs and providing crucial access to the country's remote areas. Congressional General Aviation Caucus Co-Chair, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), was a special guest at the event.

As part of "Discover Your Skills," Tweto, along with other Discovery networks' personalities, are participating in on- and off-air programs and events to raise awareness of career opportunities and highlight the importance of training workers to fill critical jobs in aviation, manufacturing, health care, energy, technology, construction and other industries. Viewers are directed to, an online resource providing links and information to help educate, prepare and advance entry to the workforce.

Talent featured in the PSAs include Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild, Keith Colburn from Deadliest Catch and Paul Teutul Sr. from American Chopper on Discovery Channel; Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss, Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne from DC Cupcakes and Lori Allen from Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta on TLC, and Jeannette Torres from Discovery Familia. The PSAs can be viewed online at and selected PSAs began airing across Discovery's U.S. networks in August.

Additionally, as part of the initiative, Discovery Education will introduce a community college service for the 2012-2013 academic year designed to provide curriculum-based content to support post-secondary institutions and prepare students with the skills necessary to compete in today's job market. 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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Thank You, Corporate Members!

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Golden Benefactors
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AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
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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