Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

April 19, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:

  Norman Ornstein to Keynote FORUM 2013

Noted political observer, Norm Ornstein will open FORUM with his unique insights on the current state of national politics and how they may impact the cable telecommunications industry. He will comment on Congress, the Obama Administration and where he sees the Federal Communications Commission stepping in or stepping out of regulating cable and the Internet.

Ornstein is a long-time monitor of Congress and politics and writes a weekly column for Roll Call called "Congress Inside Out" and since 1982 he has been an election eve analyst for CBS News. He was co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participated in AEI's Election Watch series. Ornstein also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission and led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as "McCain-Feingold," reforming the campaign financing system.

He is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ornstein is an author of many books including The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006), and most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published by Basic Books. His keynote address will start at approximately 9:00 am on May 9 to open FORUM. For additional information on the conference program, go to

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  Vote for ACC Board of Directors!

The Association of Cable Communicators will hold an election for positions on the Board of Directors. A ballot will be e-mailed to all members the week of April 22 for consideration. After making your selections, please fax the completed ballot to 202-222-2371 or e-mail to Steve Jones at by Friday, May 3, 2013. For a listing of current Board members, please go to
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  2013 New York City Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

On Sunday, April 14 more than 1,500 residents from across the New York City area participated in The Lustgarten Foundation's New York City Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Hudson River Park. The event raised nearly $400,000 and through the support of Cablevision, 100% of the money raised will go directly to funding pancreatic cancer research. The Lustgarten Foundation is committed to advancing the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. For additional information contact Kerri Kaplan at 516-803-2304. 

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  Save $100, Register for FORUM by April 30

FORUM 2013 has moved to Washington, D.C and is just weeks away, May 8-10, in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The program outline and registration information is available on the ACC Web site at Register by April 30 to save $100 off the on-site fee of $1,000. Your full conference registration includes admission to the Beacon Awards dinner that wraps up FORUM activities on Thursday.

The theme, The Value Proposition: Know It, Sell It, is metaphor for communications professionals. ACC members are the chief communicators of value. ‘Telling and selling’ that inimitable value proposition is key not only for our industry but for own professional relevancy.

Attend FORUM 2013 as we take on what it means to communicate value in an industry where meeting customer expectations is a never ending task; technology trends are fast and furious and distinguishing business partners from competitors is…well, it is complicated. And that’s just the industry view; what about you? To be a true influencer and communicator of value you have to sculpt an authentic personal brand. Think executive presence, skill relevancy and networking. Join us at FORUM 2013 as we kick off the conference with an opening reception on May 8 in the Hyatt Regency Washington.

FORUM 2013 immediately follows NCTA's Key Contact Conference, May 6-8, also hosted by the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. During FORUM, cable industry professionals will strengthen their communications and public affairs skills, share best practices, and gain an enhanced understanding of how communications and public affairs impact their organizations. For additional information on FORUM 2013 or the Beacon Awards, please go to or contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  1st Annual Florida Ice Cream Festival, Here’s The Scoop

Bright House Networks recently partnered with Magnify Credit Union, The Ledger Media Group, Hall Communications and the City of Lakeland to re-create an old fashioned neighborhood experience with the 1st Annual Florida Ice Cream Festival. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Magnify Life Foundation and its efforts to be a leader in environmental awareness, financial literacy, community involvement and the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida. Event organizers anticipated 7,000-10,000 individuals; however, final records show approximately 30,000 people attended the festival. The event’s management hope to make it an annual event and for it to become the largest ice cream festival in the United States.

The Florida Ice Cream Festival created a fundraising opportunity for area schools and youth programs. Parent-Teacher organizations, schools, and other groups shared in the benefits that the event offered by promoting the purchase of tickets on the website

Participating schools received a rebate of 100% of their ticket sales, a fundraising kit, Florida Ice Cream Festival posters, branding during the event, and their school name listed on the event website along with other benefits. The festival also helped to teach students the critical importance of philanthropy and volunteerism in building a better society, a fundamental goal of the Magnify Life Foundation. Students are able to tap into their creativity, build self-confidence, and, importantly, learn the importance of philanthropy through fundraising for their schools. For additional information, please email
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  Rooms Still Available at FORUM Host Hotel

Individuals planning on traveling to attend FORUM, May 8-10 in Washington, DC, may still reserve rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, the host hotel for the conference. Rooms at the Hyatt are $309/night plus tax. ACC is holding a limited number of rooms for the nights of both May 8 and May 9. If you need a room, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or to secure a reservation.
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  Amplify Your Brand, FORUM Master Course

On Wednesday afternoon, immediately prior to the start of FORUM 2013, ACC is offering the Master Course: Amplify Your Brand with Passion & Purpose: Achieve Your Personal and Career Goals by Creating a Strong, Authentic Personal Brand. Join a dynamic group of cable communicators with diverse experiences and a commitment to moving forward in search of their full potential. The course instructor is Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communication and online, Bright House Networks, who has presented this same course for a number of organizations including Lifetime and the Florida Hospital Foundation.

Registration for the Master Course is $149 (not included with FORUM registration) and you do not have to register for FORUM to attend this session. This fun event provides a unique, enlightening approach to professional and personal development as it combines executive presence, career coaching and personal branding. For additional information contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  Cartoon Network Speaks Up Against Bullying

Cartoon Network continues its vital conversation with kids and families about speaking up against bullying with a special presentation of "The Bully Effect" on Sunday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. EDT and 8:00 p.m. PDT. Produced in partnership with Cartoon Network as part of its award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative and presented commercial-free, the program is a half-hour CNN original documentary abridged for family audiences and features additional original content, including a special introduction by Cartoon Network President/COO Stuart Snyder as well as a candid conversation with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who hosts the documentary and is a recognized advocate for bullying prevention.

Concurrent with and immediately following both telecasts author and renowned bullying prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman will host an exclusive, live online chat at to answer questions from youth, parents and educators.

Cartoon Network has enlisted Cable in the Classroom (CIC) to help promote both the special telecast of "The Bully Effect" and the concurrent online chat for families with Rosalind Wiseman to the education community and to schools across the country. Following its mandate of supporting visionary, sensible and effective use of media in homes, schools, and communities, CIC will encourage educators, students and their families to watch the commercial-free documentary presentation and to participate in educator-led discussions the following week. For additional information contact James Anderson at 404-885-4205 or                                                                                                                                                                                                   Back to Top

  Reserve a Table for the Annual Beacon Awards

Celebrate cable communications excellence at the 2013 Beacon Awards dinner by reserving a table today. Rounding out the of programming for FORUM 2013 on May 9 in Washington, DC, the Beacon Awards dinner gives you the opportunity to see the best campaigns and meet fellow communications professionals all while celebrating the value of your work to the industry. Table reservations are available to FORUM registrants at $2,000. For dinner guests only, tables are $3,500 and include ten tickets to the dinner awards program. For more information, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or
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  Congratulation Ellen East and Patrick Esser, Vanguard Winners

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced Ellen East, executive vice president & chief communications officer, Time Warner Cable and Patrick Esser, president, Cox Communications will be presented with Vanguard Awards on Wednesday, June 12 during The Cable Show 2013 in Washington, DC. East is a long time member and past president of ACC and Esser is a member of the Board of Advisors. Congratulations Ellen and Pat! For additional information contact Joy Sims at 202-222-2350 or
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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
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Midcontinent Communications
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications
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