Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

October 4, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 


Inside This Issue:

  ACC Mentoring and Networking Reception October 9 in NYC 

During Diversity Week, on Wednesday October 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Marriott Marquis, ACC is hosting a free reception for all ACC members in the greater New York City area, attending Diversity Week activities and members who are participating in the association’s Mentor Program.

The reception, sponsored by Scripps Networks Interactive, will take place in the New York Marriott Marquis on the 16th floor in the Sky Lounge. Make room on your schedule to catch up with your colleagues or to meet your mentor or mentee, if you have not already done so. Enjoy adult beverages and a variety of hors d'oeuvres before heading out on the town or to other Diversity Week evening activities. Be sure to register in advance by emailing your confirmation to
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  Bright House Network’s Lights On Afterschool Photo Contest 

Bright House Networks has teamed with the Afterschool Alliance to help shine a light on the multiple ways that afterschool programs benefit kids, parents and communities across the nation. The Lights On Afterschool photo contest will help support real-life heroes and mentors, who work with kids every day in afterschool programs in safe and secure environments.

Individuals are asked to support their favorite afterschool program by attending or helping with a local Lights On Afterschool event. At the event, take photos of inspiring and engaging activities, include a brief description of the event, and submit the pictures during the month of October. Photos may be entered via the Bright House Networks Facebook page or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #BrightHouseLightsOn.

Between November 1-15, individuals may go to the Bright House Networks Facebook page to vote for their favorite entries. Nine programs will be eligible to win up to $2,000 and other prizes. Bright House Networks is proud to once again team up with the Afterschool Alliance to run this contest and be part of efforts to ensure all kids have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. For additional information contact Reinaldo Llano at or 407-210-3178.
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  The Walt Disney Co. and ESPN Team Up with Special Olympics 

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics announced a two-year global initiative that will leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. With a multi-million dollar financial and in-kind investment, Disney and ESPN will support Special Olympics’ goal of registering one million Unified Sports participants, including athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities), teammates (individuals without intellectual disabilities) and coaches, by 2015.

The new collaboration, announced by John Skipper, ESPN President, and Timothy P. Shriver, Special Olympics CEO and Chairman, expands on Disney’s and ESPN’s 30-year commitment to Special Olympics. A portion of the new funds will be directed to Special Olympics Programs around the world to help grow Unified Sports initiatives, as well as to enhance Special Olympics Unified Sports branding and marketing initiatives to increase awareness of the program.

Eight target growth markets have been identified, including Connecticut, central Florida, southern California/greater Los Angeles and Seattle and international sites Argentina, Brazil, India and Mexico. ESPN will also help Special Olympics develop and strengthen the Unified Sports global brand through marketing assistance, target-market research and in-kind ads and public service announcements across ESPN platforms. Additionally, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN have become the global presenting sponsors and official media sponsors of Special Olympics Unified Sports, and will lend their branding to Unified Sports events in the eight target markets. For additional information contact Ben Cafardo at or 860-766-3496.
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  Cox Business and Inc. Magazine offer Start-Ups Chance for $10,000 

Cox Business is bringing "Get Started OC" (#GetStartedOC) to Orange County, Calif. in partnership with Inc. magazine on Tuesday, October 22 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, Calif.  Get Started OC will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their idea to a panel of experts.  One winner will be named that evening to receive a $10,000 prize package that includes $5,000 in Cox Business technology and a $5,000 cash prize.  Local small businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and educational opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.  

The panel will include Mari Smith, one of the world's leading social media strategists and recently named to Forbes top ten Social Media Influencers, and Megan Duckett, founder of Sew What? and an Inc. 5000 winner.  A venture capitalist will also be on hand to offer advice on funding and Lindsay Blakely, senior editor of Inc., will be moderating the session and providing feedback.  Each panelist will bring a unique set of expertise to the event to provide feedback and advice in all aspects of starting a business. 

"It's important to us at Cox Business to support and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in our local communities," said Tim Hinson, vice president of Cox Business in Orange County.  "Get Started OC is a great opportunity for both fledgling and mature businesses to learn from our expert panel and from one another."

Businesses or individuals interested in pitching their business idea to the panel must provide a 250 word or less description of the proposed product or service pitch.  All entries must be received by 12:01 a.m. PDT on October 15. Registration for the event is now open for both attendees and pitch contestants at Cox Business will select up to five finalists by October 16, 2013 who will present their pitch live the night of Tuesday, October 22. 

Finalists will have two minutes to pitch their business idea to the expert panel and will receive immediate feedback.  The panelists will then determine the best pitch and winner of the contest. Finalists will be selected based on innovation, ease of implementation and the benefit it brings to the local community. Get Started OC will begin at 5:00 p.m. with networking and will include food, drinks and an unforgettable educational opportunity for local businesses.  After the pitching, an interactive Q&A will take place with the expert panel and live audience.  For more information contact Mallard Holliday at or 404-843-5981.
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  Military Channel Telethon Supports Veterans Issues 

On Sunday, November 10 Military Channel with televise Homeward Bound, a live four-hour national telethon hosted by Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Presented by Haven from the Storm, the telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Hall #43 in Hollywood from 7:00-11:00 PM (EDT), with phone banks manned by veterans, celebrities, and dignitaries. 

The live broadcast will feature celebrities, music and comedy entertainment, telethon results, profiles of various charities, and veterans telling personal stories behind their dramatic armed forces experiences abroad which led them to come home with PTSD and TBI. 
Haven from the Storm founder Leonard Wilf commented, "It's important to recognize the valiant contributions made by brave American soldiers, veterans who protect our country, and return home with PTSD and TBI. This cause is in my heart and I suspect that's true for many Americans who care."
People magazine is teaming up with Homeward Bound because of the publication’s commitment to providing assistance to men and women who served in the military.  A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to one of People’s charities, Operation Finally Home, which has built more than 30 custom-designed mortgage free homes for wounded and disabled veterans and their widows in an effort to get their lives back on track to become productive members of their communities.  For more information contact Reenie Kuhlman at or 240-463-5068.
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  Time Warner Cable & Common Sense Media Provide Internet Safety Tools 

As young people get settled into the new school year, Time Warner Cable and Common Sense Media have teamed up to help parents teach their children to make safe, smart and ethical decisions when going online to do research for school projects and other homework needs.

“The Internet is a tremendous asset providing young people with an invaluable tool for learning and doing research for school projects,” said Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “We’re pleased to partner with Common Sense Media to provide parents with tips and resources on how to teach their children to safely use the Internet. Our new ‘Back to School’ campaign is our latest initiative and we are happy make these resources available to our customers and the general public.”

Parents and children can visit to access tips, videos, tools and other materials on how to safely navigate and utilize the Internet. These resources provide valuable information on how parents can teach their children to conduct safe and effective online searches through the importance of using correct search terms and pointing out advertisements that contain sponsored links.

Families visiting the website can download a free “Back to School Internet Quick Guide” that provides useful tips and advice to follow when utilizing the Internet for school. The guide also provides a list of recommended websites that promote and enhance the learning of math and science.

To give children a fun way to track their progress in learning about Internet safety, the website includes a downloadable Family Media Agreement. The website additionally features the 1-to-1 Essentials Program, which was created by Common Sense Media to enable parents, teachers and administrators to maximize the benefits of school technology programs. For more information contact Tessie Topol at or 212-364-8290.
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  Congratulation Catherine Frymark 

ACC member and Board of Directors Vice President, Catherine Frymark, senior vice president, communications, Discovery Communications will receive the WICT Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter’s Touchstones of Leadership Award during the organization’s PowerBrokers Breakfast on October 29 held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. For additional information contact Rob Stoddard at or 202-258-2851.
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  Thank You, Corporate Members! 

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2014 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
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications
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