Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

May 3, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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  C-SPAN, HISTORY and USA are ACC's 2013 Golden Beacon Award Nominees

The Association of Cable Communicators announced this week the three nominees for the association's highest honor, the Golden Beacon Award®. Nominees are:

  • C-SPAN at the Republican National Convention, C-SPAN Networks
  • Mankind Connected: A Global Teach-In, HISTORY
  • Characters Unite, USA Network

ACC will honor the Golden Beacon Award® nominees and announce the winner during the Beacon Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The ceremony takes place during ACC's annual conference, FORUM 2013 - The Value Proposition: Know It. Sell It.

"The Golden Beacon is ACC's highest honor, presented each year to a single communications initiative that has had a profound and lasting effect on the industry and its various stakeholders," said Pete Abel, 2013 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink. "Over the past year, three industry programs, USA Network's Characters Unite, C-SPAN Networks' C-SPAN at the Republican National Convention, and HISTORY's Mankind Connected: A Global Teach-In, have exemplified the cable industry's commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, locally and nationally."

Characters Unite is USA Network's public service campaign dedicated to combating hate and discrimination while promoting diversity and acceptance. In partnership with leading nonprofit organizations, the multiplatform initiative focuses on a wide range of civil and human rights issues, including racism, hate crimes, bullying, access for people with disabilities, gender discrimination, homophobia and religious intolerance. While the effort is year-round, USA designated February as Characters Unite Month, a time when the Network shines a brighter spotlight on the importance of tolerance and mutual respect. This year, USA dramatically expanded the month-long effort with more on-air programming, digital content and special community events than the Network had ever done before.

C-SPAN is known for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and Senate, and every four years, brings its signature style of coverage to the presidential campaign with the national conventions serving as the centerpiece. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, C-SPAN proactively reinforced that brand with key publics and affiliate partners and reminded the political community and the cable industry of C-SPAN's reputation in the sphere of politics and government. Bright House's role as the official telecommunications provider for the convention helped C-SPAN promote the message of cable's public service, as well as the specific message that complete coverage of the conventions is available to customers in the Tampa area thanks to Bright House.

In conjunction with the November 2012 premiere of the epic 12-hour television event Mankind The Story of All of Us, HISTORY partnered with UNESCO to create a unique, educational event for young students: Mankind Connected: A Global Teach-In. The global webinar featured satellite live feeds from Liberty, Missouri and Vina del Mar, Chile as well as participation from all seven continents, including Antarctica.

ACC's Golden Beacon Award® recognizes a communications and public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry, while enhancing cable's image nationwide. The 2012 Golden Beacon Award recognized Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds. For additional information, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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Amplify Your Brand by attending FORUM Master Course

Are you living to your true potential? Are you manifesting the life of your dreams? Are you simply having difficulty changing a habit or keeping a resolution? Do you have a mission and vision for your life? Have you declared your give-back mission? You can achieve this and more. Take this opportunity to uncover the power of using your personal brand to achieve success.

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. The course instructor is Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communication and online strategy, 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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  Time Warner Cable Announces "Stem in Sports" Campaign

During a White House Science Fair event, Time Warner Cable launched a new segment of its $100 million campaign to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The "STEM in Sports" campaign will offer parents, coaches and other adults the opportunity to get kids interested in STEM by highlighting the roles these subjects play in sports.

"Time Warner Cable applauds President Obama for his Educate to Innovate initiative, which raises awareness of STEM as vital to the country's continued economic growth," said Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. "More than 50 percent of the fastest-growing occupations in this country require math or science skills. CAMM is inspiring young people to become interested in these important subject areas, and our STEM in Sports campaign will broaden the appeal of this initiative even further."

Professional football player Victor Cruz, who joined Time Warner Cable executives at the White House event, will appear in a new Connect a Million Minds public service announcement to explain how math and science are important in football, and critical to students' future success.

"On and off the field, science and math are a winning combination," said Cruz. "I'm personally committed to helping the next generation succeed, and letting them know that the path to success is taking an interest in these important subjects, even though they may be hard. It is an honor to be at the White House representing Time Warner Cable and I'm thrilled to be part of the Connect a Million Minds campaign."

In addition to public service announcements, the website will feature a new STEM in Sports microsite. The microsite will feature videos of athletes discussing how STEM subjects impact their sports. It will also have downloadable educational materials that provide parents and coaches with ideas on how to infuse STEM learning into sports. In addition to Cruz, athletes that have agreed to participate in the STEM in Sports campaign include Ian Poulter, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon. Time Warner Cable will also hold STEM in Sports trivia contests in which Cruz, through his @TeamVic Twitter handle, will ask fun sport questions related to STEM. For additional information, contact Eric Mangan at or 212-379-5979.
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  FORUM 2013 Opens May 8th

Join your colleagues the evening of May 8 as FORUM opens with a Welcome Reception from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Hyatt Regency Washington. After the Welcome to Washington Breakfast and Annual Meeting at 8:30 am, noted political observer, Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will open FORUM at 9:00 am 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.

Other topics and sessions at FORUM include, the Net Generation’s Views on the Future of Cable; Executives on Call: The Key Communicators; Social Media's Role in Meeting Your Goals; Cable and the Media, Are we Communicating?; Communications as a Content Factory and a luncheon keynote on Crisis Communications. Thursday concludes with the Beacon Awards Dinner and Ceremony as we celebrate the best of the best cable communicators. Friday morning closes FORUM 2013 by hosting a networking breakfast with key industry executives.

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.

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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  Comcast and NBC Universal Team Up for 12th Comcast Cares Day

More than 70,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family and friends, and community partners across the country spent Saturday, April 27, giving back to their communities as part of Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. In its 12th year, Comcast Cares Day also went international for the first time with NBCUniversal managing projects in England, France, Germany and New Zealand. This year marks more than 3 million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day first began in 2001.

“Comcast Cares Day speaks to the heart of our company,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. “As we celebrate Comcast’s 50th anniversary, I am extremely honored to participate this year alongside tens of thousands of Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends across the country and around the world to make a meaningful difference that will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

On Saturday, volunteers contributed their time and energy by providing maintenance, supplies and makeovers to local schools, parks and community centers. Comcast Cares Day also took place during Earth Week, which is widely supported by NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal initiative. Many planet-friendly projects such as building community gardens, cleaning beaches and riverbanks, and planting trees added to the diverse line-up of projects. Overall, during this year’s Comcast Cares Day, more than 700 projects took place across the country and internationally, including projects in communities where Comcast and NBCUniversal employees work together, including New York City, Los Angeles and Orlando.

Comcast and NBCUniversal also partnered with many non-profit community organizations and local chapters of the National Urban League and the National Council of La Raza, who worked side by side with Comcast Cares Day volunteers. Additionally, teams from Comcast and NBCUniversal partnered with City Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, along with hundreds of other local community organizations.

“Comcast Cares Day is a great example of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s unwavering dedication to the communities we serve,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “People across the country will experience firsthand Comcast’s commitment to their neighborhoods, which extends beyond this day and throughout the year. Giving back is in our DNA, and we celebrate all of our community partners and employees who continuously strive to improve the lives of others.” For additional information, contact Katie Lubenow at or 215-286-5691.

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  Reserve a Table for 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 event. For more information, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or

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  Connect the Dots, Discovery Communications' New Initiative

Discovery Communications announced “Connect the Dots,” a new multimedia, national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiative designed to provide pathways for kids to achieve today and lead tomorrow by inspiring interest in STEM subjects and careers within industries looking for highly skilled workers. By connecting kids, parents and schools with all of Discovery’s STEM programs across its networks, education and digital platforms, “Connect the Dots” will help make STEM a critical part of kids’ lives, prepare them for the jobs of the future and inspire the next great discovery.

Programs under “Connect the Dots” include: the launch of the Discovery Education STEM Camp program, offering after school and summer resources for educators and parents at no cost; the new science-focused series The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, searching for the next great innovator on Discovery Channel; a partnership between Science Channel, its series How Its Made and America’s manufacturers to promote careers in the skilled trades; and the Lumosity Education Access Program (LEAP), a no-cost program for K-12 schools that seeks to study the effects of cognitive training in the classroom.

“Our kids are the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers, and we need them to take on the planet’s challenges and shape a bright, healthy future by embracing STEM careers,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. “Through its unique position as a company founded on igniting curiosity across generations, and with science, technology, engineering and math in our DNA, Discovery is proud to utilize its platforms to help connect the dots between learning and living, theory and practice, algebra and video game design – and inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders in STEM.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting STEM, Discovery Education announced the launch of Discovery Education STEM Camp, a series of standards-aligned curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents for use as part of summer camps, after-school learning opportunities, and other educational programs. Discovery Education STEM Camp combines hands-on and virtual labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, interactive videos and career connections designed to inspire and engage students in learning about STEM subjects.

Launching in the summer, STEM Camp will be deployed in conjunction with the Afterschool Alliance, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Summer of Learning Initiative and the Chicago Public Schools. The program is designed to support the grand challenges of science issued by the National Academy of Engineers, with curricula built around the STEM-related topics of water, urban infrastructure and energy. The Discovery Education STEM Camp curricula can be accessed at For additional information, contact Tammy Shea at or 240-662-6506.

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  2013 Beacon Awards Finalists Announced

The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) recently announced the names of the finalists for the 2013 Beacon Awards honoring excellence in cable communications and public affairs. The winners of the 2013 Beacon Awards will be announced during the Beacon Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill during ACC's annual conference FORUM 2013: The Value Proposition: Know It. Sell It.

"Cable communicators make vital contributions to the bottom line of their companies and industry by telling cable's story, building constructive relationships with stakeholders, promoting products and services, and improving the quality of life for the customers and the communities they serve," said Pete Abel, 2013 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink Communications. "The Beacon Awards recognize the best of this work."

Forty-one ACC members, cable communications and public affairs professionals, chose the 2013 Beacon Award finalists during an extensive judging process. The Beacon Award entries submitted this year demonstrate the cable industry's commitment to communications and public affairs representing initiatives implemented over the past year in areas such as community relations, events and observances, and social media communications.

The 2013 Beacon Awards Finalists listed by category are:

Cause Marketing
Necessary Roughness End Zone Dance Activations
USA Network  New York, NY

Cartoon Network, Stop Bullying: Speak Up
Cartoon Network - Atlanta, GA

Community Relations
Suddenlink of Midland's Do Your Part, Drop by Drop
Suddenlink Communications - St. Louis, MO

Suddenlink MidSouth Arkansas Green Team
Suddenlink Communications - Jonesboro, AR

Suddenlink's Connecting to Those in Need - A Constant in the Community
Suddenlink Communications - Jonesboro, AR

Here for the Community
Charter Communications, Inc. - Newtown, CT

Building A Brand You Can Trust…The Cox Connects Foundation
Cox Oklahoma - Tulsa, OK

Hit a Home Run for Youth
Cox Communications - Springdale, AR

Time Warner Cable Learning Labs
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Science, Technology & Innovation of Nik Wallenda's Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk
Time Warner Cable - Cheektowaga, NY

Cox California Autism Film Program for San Diego Military Children
Cox Communications - San Diego, CA

TWC and The Los Angeles Urban League Present The 90 that Built LA
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

Take Charge! Data Use Education
Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA

Characters Unite Awards
USA Network - New York, NY

American Pickers Pick and Tell Contest
A+E Networks - New York, NY

MSG Classroomm 2012 Fall Semester
MSG Networks - New York, NY

2013 Get Schooled Brand Refresh
MTV Networks - New York, NY

Mankind Connected: A Global Teach-In
A+E Networks - New York, NY

Events and Observances
Time Warner Cable Has Home Technology Down to a Science
Time Warner Cable - Coppell, TX

Days of Giving
Cox Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

Time Warner Cable's STEMfest
Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI

Suddenlink Tony Gibson Memorial Bass Tournament
Suddenlink Communications - St. Louis, MO

Amarillo Family YMCA-Suddenlink Corporate Cup Challenge 2012
Suddenlink Communications - St. Louis, MO

Time Warner Cable's STEMfest
Time Warner Cable - Kansas City, MO

Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds Month
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Characters Unite Month
USA Network - New York, NY

BTN Big 10K
Big Ten Network - Chicago, IL

Government Relations
Cable at the Capitol Day
Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX

Time Warner Cable Involvement at Democratic National Convention
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

Internal Communications
Turning Cox Employees into Product Ambassadors
Cox Communications Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, OK

Cox Home Security Employee Launch
Cox Communications - West Warwick, RI

HERO Hotline
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Heroes Wanted
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

We Heart Veterans Campaign
Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX

Internet Essentials Ambassadors Program
Comcast - Philadelphia, PA

CPN Cox Product News Launch
Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

“Open Door with” Executive Profile Series
Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

TWC + You - Introducing Total Rewards at Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

Integrated Communications
Time Warner Cable No. 5 Chevrolet
Time Warner Cable Carolinas - Morrisville, NC

Cox Business Ignites Entrepreneurial Spirit in Oklahoma City
Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Time Warner Cable Works Together on a Mighty Endeavour
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

Groundhog Day
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Cox California Integrated Communications: Connect2Compete
Cox Communications - San Diego, CA

Cox Communications - Barret Jackson 2013
Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ

The Hall of Fans
ESPN, Inc. - Bristol, CT

The Face 
Oxygen Media - New York, NY

Multicultural Public Relations
Time Warner Cable in The Chinese Community
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Past, Present & Future: The Urban League and TWC
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

ESPN Deportes’ #Redes Digital Press Event
ESPN, Inc. - New York, NY

Media Relations
Killing Lincoln Media Campaign
National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC

50,000th SportsCenter
ESPN, Inc. - Bristol, CT

Syfy Digital Press Tour 2012
Syfy/NBCUniversal - New York, NY

Doomsday Preppers - Media Campaign
National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC

Northeast Proactive Commercial Fiber Investment
Time Warner Cable - Cheektowaga, NY

Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Weather Channel Names Winter Storms
The Weather Channel - Atlanta, GA

Characters Unite Quarterly Film Series
USA Network - New York, NY

NFL Characters Unite
USA Network - New York, NY

MTV - New York, NY

Public Service Announcement
Mankind the Story of All of Us: World Heritage PSA Campaign
A+E Networks - New York, NY

Reputation/Brand Management
Go Team Go!
Time Warner Cable - San Antonio, TX

The Evolution of a Contest Honoring Special Mom's
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

Time Warner Cable Involvement at Democratic National Convention
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable Brings 200 Jobs to Downtown Milwaukee
Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI

One Small Step for TWC. One Giant Leap for Our Industry
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

2012 Presidential Mock Elections
Cox Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

Elevating Our Brand During a Crisis: Superstorm Sandy
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Your Life. Your Time. Your Vote.
Lifetime Networks - Los Angeles, CA

C-SPAN at the Republican National Convention
C-SPAN Networks - Washington, DC

Social Media Communications
"Socializing" Sandy
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Characters Unite "I Won't Stand for" Social Media Campaign 
USA Network - New York, NY

Web Sites
TWC + You - Introducing Total Rewards at Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

The mtvU Against Our Will Campaign
MTV - New York, NY

MTV Fantasy Election ‘12
MTV - New York, NY

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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
Midcontinent Communications
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications

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