Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

July 6, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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USA Network Announces 2012 Characters Unite Award Winners

USA Network, along with its distribution partners, recently announced the 2012 recipients of the Characters Unite Awards as part of the network’s ongoing multiplatform public service campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides. Ten winners were selected from hundreds of nominees for their extraordinary efforts in combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance in their communities.

This summer, each honoree will be acknowledged during a hometown award ceremony and will receive a $5,000 grant from USA Network and participating local MVPDs to support his or her project or related nonprofit organization. Additionally, honorees will be featured on-air in a PSA and online at Participating cable operators included Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable.

Nominations for the Characters Unite Awards were submitted by the public on during Characters Unite Month in February, a time when the network leverages all its platforms to shine a spotlight on the importance of combating hate and intolerance. Learn more about the 2012 Characters Unite Award Recipients at

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FORUM 2012 Agenda Now On-Line

The preliminary agenda for FORUM 2012 has been posted on ACC Web site and is available via the link, Notable changes for 2012 include back-to-back 30 minute breakout sessions as well as an exhibition area. FORUM 2012, ACC’s annual educational conference for cable communicators, will be held on September 12-13 in New York City as part of the week-long Cable Diversity Week.

The ACC Web site includes the conference schedule, registration information, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, and hotel room reservation details. The program opens with a luncheon keynoted by Gary Sheffer, vice president, corporate communications and public affairs for General Electric. Visit the FORUM 2012 page for regular updates on the conference as well as speakers and sessions and other information.

FORUM for the second straight year is hosted by the Hilton New York hotel (site of all Cable Diversity Week activities), 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. Room rates are $399+ tax. Call 212-586-7000 or 800-HILTONS for reservations or use the link,, to register online. To obtain the group rate, use the code Diversity Week 2012. The hotel room rate cutoff date is August 18, 2012.

Currently and running through July 20, the full conference registration fee is $800, that includes a ticket to the Beacon Awards luncheon program Thursday starting at 12:30 pm. Individual day registration rates for either Wednesday (9/12) or Thursday (9/13) are $550. Additionally, individual tickets for the Beacon Awards luncheon are available for $150 per person. For information on FORUM, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or

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Cox Communications Hosted Internet Safety Tweet-Up

Cox Communications hosted an Internet safety tweet-up last Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event featured John Walsh, founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as well as former CNN reporter Jeanne Meserve and Internet safety blogger Leticia Barr. Many interested mommy bloggers and others were able to ask John Walsh via Twitter how they could best monitor children’s Internet usage. This #CoxTakesCharge live interview event led to more than 2200 tweets.

In addition to following the Twitter conversation, people could watch and participate in the discussion via a live stream online. Cox Louisiana also hosted a state-wide Internet Safety Day during the Tweet Up at each of its retail lobbies in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. All visitors who picked up an Internet safety flyer were eligible to register to win a new iPad. For more information on the Cox Take Charge initiative, visit its Web site at

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Congratulations, Maureen Huff and Marva Johnson!

ACC members Maureen Huff, vice president, public relations, Time Warner Cable, and Marva Johnson, corporate vice president, government and industry affairs, Bright House Networks, were named 2012-2013 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) Fellows by the organization Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). The Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) Fellows participate in a yearlong educational program which provides direct feedback, personal development, and industry involvement. The 2012-2013 year includes two 27-person classes, and they are designated Class 26 and Class 27, respectively.

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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, 2012. For more information, check out the ACC registration form online or contact Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2012 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

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

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Midcontinent Communications
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications

Sard Verbinnen & Company

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