Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

January 17, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 


Inside This Issue:

  Human Rights Campaign Honors Cable Industry Companies 

The Human Rights Campaign recently released the 12th annual Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index listing the “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Six cable industry companies received a perfect score of 100 percent from the Index; Cisco Systems, Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Time Warner, Viacom, and The Walt Disney Company.

“We are humbled that the Human Rights Campaign continues to recognize Time Warner Cable as a place where LGBT people can start, grow and enjoy their careers,” said Peter Stern, executive vice president and chief strategy, people and corporate development officer at Time Warner Cable. “We’re proud to be the service provider of choice for our LGBT customers across the country.”

The Corporate Equality Index evaluates corporations on their LGBT-related policies and practices in areas including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

Through the Index, the Human Rights Campaign examines the policies and practices that impact LGBT employees across hundreds of large U.S. corporations. The Human Rights Campaign has more than a million members and is the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans. A complete list of the 2014 Corporate Equality Index rankings can be found at For additional information contact Michael Cole-Schwartz at or 202-423-2885.
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  ACC Webinar Reviews the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Wondering what some of the hottest products showcased at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) were and their possible impact on the cable industry? Did you plan on attending the show but just couldn't make it out to Vegas?

ACC's Steve Jones spent three exhibit hall-packed days at the show and will provide an up close look at many of the most innovative products on display during this webinar on Thursday, January 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST. If you've never been to CES, his presentation provides a real world sense of what it's like to attend this huge event with more than 150,000 attendees. Plus, he'll review the top gadgets exhibited at CES 2014!

Register today to attend this free ACC webinar. Go to ACC's Online Educational Portal and register by clicking on the "Register Now" box on the right side of the page, fill out the requested information, and you will be sent a link to join the webinar. Pre-registration is required.  For additional information, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  The Weather Channel Promotes Preparedness 

In an effort to keep the public safe during severe weather, The Weather Channel will promote new standardized hashtags developed by the White House, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Energy (DOE). These hashtags – #GotFuel #NoFuel and #PowerLineDown – will enable local citizens to report important emergency information, such as downed power lines or whether a gas station is open or not, across social media platforms during severe weather events.

This information can be used by survivors, first responders, FEMA, DOE and utility companies to improve disaster response and recovery efforts. The hashtags will be featured across The Weather Channel properties on TV, online, on mobile and on social to focus the conversation and inform residents before, during and after a weather emergency.

“Keeping the public safe and informed in times of weather emergencies has always been an important mission at The Weather Channel,” said Bryson Koehler, executive vice president and chief information officer at The Weather Company. “The Weather Channel brand offers great scale to help disseminate this important information, reaching 100 million U.S. television households, 100 million monthly unique visitors on Web and more than 110 million app downloads on smartphones and tablets.”

The Weather Company (parent firm of The Weather Channel) will offer ongoing support for this campaign. An upcoming new app focused on hyperlocal weather content will use both open and proprietary data to provide severe weather alerts and forecasts for a user-defined location radius, and it will also incorporate preparedness information relevant to that radius. The app will integrate real-time severe weather data such as National Weather Service alerts, precipitation proximity alerts and lightning data.  

The app will include additional preparedness information and tips from the brand’s “Connect with Weather” effort, a co-branded campaign that educates families and communities about the importance of weather preparedness.  “Connect with Weather” combines weather and science information from The Weather Channel with safety and preparedness tips from some of the nation’s most trusted non-profit and governmental organizations including the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the American Humane Association and NOAA. To learn more about weather safety preparedness and creating a plan, visit or contact David Blumenthal at or 770-226-2611.
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  Multicultural Education Alliance Digital Initiative 

Last month students in Central Florida were been given a much-needed technology boost, thanks to a partnership between the Multicultural Education Alliance (MEA), Quatro Solutions, Inc., and Bright House Networks.  The digital initiative furthers MEA’s commitment to student-centered initiatives to strengthen the educational pipeline of minority students.  The first digital initiative was rolled out to the third grade class at Wyndham Lakes Elementary in Orange County.

The educational system in Central Florida has been challenged to adapt to a new era of technology advancements.  Due to financial and demographical circumstances, not all students have access to the technology that can prepare them to compete in the workplace.  Wendy Rivera, MEA’s Executive Director, has stated that every student should have access to “quality education and cutting edge technology, regardless of a student’s zip code.”

Jose Espejo, Quatro Solutions CEO, developed an affordable, smart tablet that teachers and students can utilize to customize and upload assignments based on their individual needs. “It’s important to all students to have access to technology so they can compete in the work force,” Espejo added. The sleek and modern tablet is compatible with school networks and allows students and teachers to interact in the classroom.  For additional information contact Monica Correa at or 407-215-5592.
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  NBCUniversal News Group to Utilize Social Media Videos 

NowThis News, the first exclusively short-form video news network built specifically for mobile and social, and NBCUniversal News Group have agreed that the two companies will co-produce original short-form news videos to be distributed across mobile and social platforms. Content will be produced by co-located NowThis News and NBCUniversal News Group teams based out of NowThis News' New York City studio.

NowThis News specializes in creating unique, short-form video for audiences across social platforms that include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, YouTube and Snapchat. Videos are combined into NowThis News' Android and Apple apps and a mobile website, allowing viewers to seamlessly watch updates delivered to their mobile handsets.

As more people consume news and information on mobile and social media, this collaboration will capitalize on the News Group's news operations and NowThis News' approach to original, short-form storytelling to reach the next generation of users on the go and through social media platforms.  For additional information contact J T. Ramsay at or 215- 286-4884.
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  2014 Beacon Awards® Entry Deadline is March 21 

The 2014 Beacon Awards entry deadline is March 21, 2014. The Beacon Awards have been cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989. The Awards Ceremony will be one of the highlights of ACC’s annual conference, FORUM 2014, June 3-5 in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Within the next two weeks the 2014 Call for Entries form will be posted on the ACC Web site and mailed to all members.

The 2014 Beacon Awards continue the ease-of-entry format first introduced in 2011. Entries may be submitted via email and have been designed to cut down on the amount of time to complete the entry process. Entrants need only to submit a project summary of up to two pages, a completed entry form and payment. However, individuals may continue to submit their entries by mail or via a delivery service or send hard copies of supplemental supporting materials.

All Beacon Award entries must represent work executed and results achieved between March 23, 2013 and March 21, 2014. More information may be found at:
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  Mark Your Calendar: FORUM 2014 in Atlanta June 3-5 

ACC will hold the annual educational conference, FORUM 2014, in Atlanta June 3-5 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in the heart of downtown. Two Atlanta-based communications professionals will co-chair the conference: Misty Skedgell, senior vice president of corporate communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Mallard Holliday, executive director of public affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.

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.

A highlight of FORUM is ACC’s annual Beacon Awards® dinner, that will take place the evening of June 4th. FORUM attracts cable industry professionals ranging from entry-level communicators to senior executives. For additional information, go to
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Volunteers Are Wanted for FORUM and Beacon Committees 

Are you interested in connecting with your fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for the FORUM 2014 and 2014 Beacon Award Committees. Get involved and help put your stamp on ACC programs to meet the needs of cable communicators.

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 or calling 202-222-2373. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.
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  Thank You Corporate Members! 

For 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
Charter Communications
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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