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November 30, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 


Inside This Issue:

  Cable Operators and Programmers Achieve Top Rating in Corporate Equality Index

In the recently released 2013 Corporate Equality Index sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, four cable industry media companies received the top rating of 100 percent. Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner all received a perfect score for their policies, benefits and practices and have been designated among the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the United States. These companies are identified by Human Rights Campaign as best-in-class demonstrations of corporate commitments to LGBT workers and the broader community at-large.

“This milestone mirrors our corporate values and practices in a very meaningful way,” said Maria G. Arias, executive director of diversity and inclusion, Comcast Corporation. “Comcast and NBCUniversal are deeply proud of our dedication to creating a respectful, inclusive and equal workplace for all, and we are honored to receive this recognition for our commitment to the LGBT community."

Now in its 11th year, the Corporate Equality Index has seen a record 252 Fortune 500 businesses achieve a top score of 100 percent. In the first year of the Index, only 13 companies achieved the top score. The Index reveals a fundamental shift with over half of Fortune 500 companies including sexual orientation and gender identity protections within their corporate policies. Data from the Index also shows record numbers of large businesses have comprehensively updated their benefits packages to ensure that newcomers to their workplaces can expect both partner benefits and transgender-inclusive benefits and that retiring LGBT workers will see the financial benefits they have worked to accrue will go to their surviving family members. To view or download the complete report, go to

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  Make Plans to Attend the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash in New York City on December 6

The Holiday Rock & Roll Bash 12, a live music benefit event supporting The Lustgarten Foundation and its fight to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, takes place on December 6 in New York City’s Hard Rock Café in the heart of Times Square. The 12th annual Bash is scheduled to start at 6:30pm, followed by a buffet dinner and live music by JD & The Straight Shot, led by Cablevision’s CEO Jim Dolan at 7:30 pm.

Since its inception in 2001, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash has become The Lustgarten Foundation's premier fundraising event. Over the past decade, through the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, it has raised more than $13 million for the foundation and its research efforts related to pancreatic cancer, America's fourth leading cause of cancer deaths. With support from Cablevision, every dollar raised at the Bash goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. For information on sponsorship opportunities and event tickets, please contact the Bash office at 516-803-2354 or go to

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USA Networks Launches Burn Notice Science Challenge

USA Network recently launched the national competition Burn Notice Science Challenge, inspired by the series Burn Notice, to encourage learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among high school students. The challenge was developed in consultation with science teachers from across the country. PSAs featuring series star Bruce Campbell, kicked off the initiative in a recent episode of the program.

“My interest in science and technology is a big part of the inspiration for Burn Notice and the skills of all the characters started with that passion. We need to spread the word that STEM education isn't just important, it's cool, too. This is a great opportunity to do that.” said Matt Nix, creator and executive producer of Burn Notice.

To enter the competition, individual high school students or teams of up to three, backed by an adult advisor, must solve a safe, compelling, challenge that the characters on Burn Notice might face, such as covertly communicating with other operatives, or gathering intelligence on adversaries. In the first round, which will run from November 15, 2012 to February 15, 2013, students will be asked to submit a 1,500-word essay describing their invention and the scientific principles that would make it successful. Up to 25 finalists will be selected to go on to a second round during which they will create a video demonstrating how they use STEM knowledge and everyday materials to meet the challenge.

Winners will be selected and notified by June 1, 2013. The grand prize includes a $10,000 scholarship to help the student(s) continue their STEM education, as well as on-air and online recognition and the opportunity to meet cast members and creators of the series. The second place winner will receive a $5,000 prize and three additional runners-up will also be awarded scholarships. In addition, the advisors to the winning entries will receive grants to support their professional development. Complete rules, guidelines and details on how to enter are available at

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  Time is Running Out, ACC Free Trial Membership Offer Ends December 31

Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC! The association offers a “test drive” trial membership 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. This offer is only available until December 31.

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 free “test drive” program concludes December 31, 2012. For more information, check out the ACC registration form online or contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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CNN Honors Everyday People Changing the World

For the past six years, CNN has honored everyday people who are changing the world. On Dec. 2, the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 will be recognized in a live broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the program celebrates the year’s top 10 CNN Heroes, who each received a $50,000 grant for their efforts to improve the lives of others. At the end of the show, the CNN Hero of the Year will be announced, with the winner receiving an additional $250,000 to continue their work. During the program and continuing through Dec. 31, viewers will be encouraged to donate to one of the top 10 Hero's designated nonprofits. Donations may be made via Google Wallet, with all transaction fees waived, insuring 100 percent of each pledge goes to the nonprofit organization. For more information, please go to

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  ESPN Commits $1 Million to The V Foundation 

ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer announced that ESPN has committed a donation of $1 million to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The dollars are earmarked for The V Foundation’s endowment fund, which helps cover operating costs of the foundation, enabling 100 percent of cash donations to go directly to research.

Bodenheimer, also a member of The V Foundation Board of Directors, said, “It’s fitting for ESPN to make this commitment as we begin Jimmy V Week, when our employees and sports fans are passionate in joining together to make a difference to beat this disease.”

ESPN’s sixth annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research – a multiplatform initiative that drives awareness of and donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research started Nov. 27, with a simulcast of former NC State coach Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPYs speech across ESPN domestic media networks, as well as on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square. The week will conclude with the Jimmy V Women’s and Men’s Basketball Classics Presented by Corona Extra on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. Last year, the Jimmy V Week initiative raised a record $1.3 million, bringing the five-year total of contributions to more than $5 million.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, former North Carolina State head basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. For more information visit the ESPN Media Zone.

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  Thank You, Corporate Members! 

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2013 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
Discovery Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
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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