The first fellowship funded by the Time Warner grant was awarded to Adriana González-Vega, currently a first-year Directing Fellow at the AFI Conservatory. In college, González-Vega studied filmmaking and was chosen for a study abroad program at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in the Czech Republic prior to graduating from Syracuse University. She then began a film and entertainment career, which included time with the Mandalay Entertainment Group, the sitcom Rules of Engagement, and the film Fast and Furious: Fast Five.
Today González-Vega is focused on the projects for her AFI Conservatory program, as well as polishing her skills as a director. “(I’m) learning the techniques and the tools that every great director knows how to use…and making sure that I’m telling stories that are more focused, and in an effective way, she said.” González-Vega is also editing her film, Junito, based on a story with the same name from the book Mundo Cruel: Stories by Puerto Rican author Luis Negrón.
Through its New Works/New Voices initiatives, the Time Warner Foundation aims to partner with nonprofit groups, like AFI, to find innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers. For additional information, contact Summer Wilkie at Summer.Wilkie@timewarner.com or 212-484-8000.
“Atlanta is a great hub for Cable operations, programming and technology and thus the ideal location for our industry’s communications professionals to gather for our annual conference,” said Association of Cable Communicators president Anthony Surratt, group vice president of corporate communications at Time Warner Cable.
Cisco, Cox, Turner, Weather, Comcast, Up and ARRIS are a few of the companies serving the cable industry that are based in or have significant operations in the Atlanta area. Other factors influencing the association’s choice of Atlanta were its flexible and frequent air travel options and convenient access to other major cities in the South and along the East Coast that are home to a large portion of the membership.
Downtown Atlanta offers visitors a wide range of diversions just steps away from the Omni Hotel including world class restaurants, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN studios, College Football Hall of Fame, Skyview Atlanta and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Additionally, by June 2014 the city’s new street car system will provide easy and fast access throughout downtown.
The Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, is holding a block of rooms for FORUM 2014. Reservations may be made by contacting the Omni at 800-962-6664 and reference: Association of Cable Communicators. Room rates are $159/night plus tax for up to four individuals sharing a single room. All members are encouraged to join Omni’s Select Guest program (free) prior to your stay to enjoy complementary Internet access, morning beverage, pressing (up to two items), shoe shine, newspaper and customized room preferences.
FORUM is ACC's redesigned national conference for cable communications and public affairs professionals who have responsibilities in corporate communications, government affairs, public relations, customer communications, social media, publicity and other communications disciplines. FORUM also includes ACC’s annual Beacon Awards® Gala. FORUM attracts cable industry professionals ranging from entry-level communicators to senior executives. For additional information, go to https://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum.php.
The money will support the research initiative, Older Adults and Broadband Adoption: Where Do We Go From Here?, by Debra R. Berlyn of The Project to Get Older Adults onLine (GOAL) and John B. Horrigan, Senior Fellow at the Joint Center of Political & Economic studies. The project will examine current trends in broadband and technology adoption among older adults, with the aim of identifying successful initiatives that demonstrate the value of staying connected while bolstering digital skills and literacy.
Fernando Laguarda, director of the research program and vice president for external affairs and policy counselor, Time Warner Cable, said, “We are excited to contribute to a deeper understanding of broadband and digital communications policy with respect to older adults. We look forward to learning from this work and promoting best practices to advance technological inclusion.”
“While this study will examine current broadband adoption trends, it will also address the more critical question of ‘where do we go from here,’ to ensure the utilization of the innovative services broadband technology delivers to older adults,” said Debra Berlyn, executive director, Project GOAL.
This stipend is the latest of awards made during the 2013 cycle. Awards were also made in 2010, 2011 and 2012. To date, the program has made 22 awards to 30 leading researchers. The recently published papers and more information about the program may be found at www.twcresearchprogram.com.
FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2014 to the industry. Beacon Award volunteers manage the complete entry process from promotion to judging to the Beacon Awards ceremony.
For more information on the committees, go to ACC’s Web site. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 202-222-2373. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.
The We Decide Our America initiative further facilitates direct engagement in the political process by assisting visitors to petition their Congressional representatives to take action on comprehensive immigration reform. Viewers may broaden the impact of their involvement through their social media circles with straightforward messaging for both Facebook and Twitter, all available from www.mynuvotv.com.
NUVOtv CEO Michael Schwimmer said, “While the need for comprehensive immigration reform is a national issue affecting Latinos and non-Latinos alike, it is a leading social issue particularly among Latinos in this country. Through the We Decide Our America campaign, NUVOtv highlights to viewers that their voices matter and play an important role in promoting the critical need for legislators to act with urgency and fairness.”
The paper outlines the important role local events play in communications plans and how to maximize the return on every local event dollar. Local events serve the dual-purpose of distinguishing your company from the competition while reinforcing your image as a leader. The challenge is to ensure every event clearly supports the organization’s strategic objectives. The paper outlines step-by-step planning and examines every aspect of preparing for a local event, including check lists before, during and after the event. This Brief addresses the strategy, tactics and details that go into creating a smart, results-oriented PR plan for local events.
On November 13 the paper’s author, Kimberly Elek, co-founder and chief communications strategist, McReynolds Elek Communications, held a webinar to highlight key areas of the paper addressing strategy, tactics, and nitty-gritty details that go into creating a results driven PR plan for local events. ACC members may view a recorded version of the webinar by going to the Online Educational Portal and clicking on Live Webinars and Self-Paced Programs. A copy of the paper may also be downloaded from this portal as well. For additional information contact Steve Jones at email@example.com or 202-222-2373.
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