Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

April 11, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 


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  Make Your Reservations for Atlanta 

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center at 190 Marietta St NW in Atlanta, GA, will host FORUM 2014 and is holding a block of rooms for the conference. To guarantee the conference rate reservations must be made by the cut-off date of May 9. 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.

FORUM opens on Tuesday, June 3 with an early evening welcome reception and runs through the afternoon of Thursday, June 5.  The Beacon Awards® dinner is scheduled to take place the evening of June 4 starting at approximately 6:00 pm. Individual tickets to the dinner may be purchased for $150/each. Conference registration is now open with “early pricing” until April 30. For additional information on FORUM go to the FORUM 2014 page on the ACC Website,

All members staying at the Omni are encouraged to join Omni’s Select Guest program (free) prior to making reservations to enjoy complementary Internet access, morning beverage, pressing (up to two items), shoe shine, newspaper and customized room preferences. Contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373 for questions on the conference, Beacon dinner, sponsorship requests or other conference needs.
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  Cox Announces National Partnership with Ocean Conservancy 

Cox Enterprises, parent company of Cox Communications announced a national partnership with Ocean Conservancy. The partnership is through the company’s national sustainability program, Cox Conserves, focusing on reducing waste and energy consumption as well as conserving water. The Cox program also seeks to inspire eco-friendly behavior in the communities it serves.

"I grew up in Hawaii where I spent more time in the ocean than on land, and I still enjoy the ocean wherever I can," said Cox Enterprises' chairman Jim Kennedy. "The oceans have become a dumping ground throughout the world, and we must do something to change that. I'm glad we're partnering with the Ocean Conservancy to make people aware of the problem and let them know how they can help."

Cox Enterprises will create public service announcements for Ocean Conservancy, which will be distributed across Cox's media assets. The partnership also will include beach cleanups at Cox's various coastal locations through the company's employee volunteer program. Over the last 28 years, Ocean Conservancy has removed more than 175 million pounds of trash from beaches around the world during its International Coastal Cleanup.

"We believe a healthy ocean means healthy people and communities. This partnership with Cox Enterprises will enable us to reach new audiences on the important role the ocean plays in each of our lives," said Ocean Conservancy's president and CEO Andreas Merkl. "We're thrilled to work with a company that values the positive steps we can all take to keep the ocean and our beaches clean and healthy."

In addition to Ocean Conservancy, Cox Enterprises partners nationally with American Rivers and The Trust for Public Land to make a positive impact on rivers and land. The company's sustainability goals are to send zero waste to landfill in the next 7-10 years and become carbon and water neutral in the next 25-30 years. For additional information contact Mallard Holliday at or 404-843-5981.
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  Science and Discovery Named Partners for Google Lunar XPRIZE 

The Science Channel and Discovery Channel announced that the networks will serve as television homes for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million competition for privately-funded teams to land an unmanned craft on the moon by December 31, 2015.

The networks will chronicle the race by following teams from around the world as they work to complete the mission requirements of the Grand Prize; to land a craft on the surface of the moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit live pictures and video back to Earth. Science Channel and Discovery Channel will follow the entire process including testing, lift-off, and live coverage of the winning lunar landing, estimated to take place in 2015.

“In addition to the technological breakthroughs catalyzed by the Google Lunar XPRIZE, we have an equally important goal of inspiring young scientists, engineers and space explorers,” said Robert K. Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE. “More than half the world’s population has never had the opportunity to experience a live broadcast from the moon. Partnering with Discovery Channel and Science Channel will allow us to engage the public around this milestone event, creating an ‘Apollo Moment’ for the next generation.”

The Google Lunar XPRIZE aims to do something humanity has never accomplished: the safe landing of a private craft on the surface of the Moon. The Google Lunar XPRIZE aims to create a new “Apollo” moment and to spur continuous lunar exploration with $30 million in incentive based prizes. Teams may also compete for bonus prizes such as exploring lunar artifacts or surviving the lunar night, and can be awarded prize money earlier by completing terrestrial or in-space milestones. All of the criteria must be completed by December 31, 2015 to claim the prize money. For additional information contact Laurie Goldberg at or 310-975-1631.
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  TWC’s Rob Marcus Honored by UJA-Federation 

Time Warner Cable’s chairman and CEO Rob Marcus was honored on April 8 at a dinner hosted by UJA-Federation of New York where he was presented with the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award in honor of the late Steven Ross, a visionary and renowned philanthropist and a former CEO of Time Warner.

“UJA-Federation’s commitment to helping those in need and strengthening our global community is inspiring,” said Marcus. “Time Warner Cable shares that commitment and is proud to support UJA-Federation’s humanitarian efforts around the world.”

UJA-Federation’s Leadership Awards Dinner was emceed by Willie Geist, co-anchor of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, with a special musical performance by legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor. With approximately 300 entertainment industry executives in attendance, the evening raised more than $1.2 million for the Federation.

For more than 95 years, UJA-Federation of New York has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. For more information on UJA-Federation of New York go to For additional information contact Maureen Huff at or 212-364-8206.
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  Bright House Networks Diversity Awards 

The Tampa Bay International Business Council (TBIBC), hosted the 8th annual International Business Summit on April 4 at the A la Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The event brings together civic and business leaders to highlight the diversity of individuals and businesses in the Tampa Bay area. The Business Council and its members proudly support diversity through the Bright House Networks Diversity Individual and Business awards.

The Bright House Networks Individual Diversity Award was presented to Sunny Duann who was born in Shanghai and immigrated to the U.S. in 1974. She is a Realtor with the RE/MAX Realtec Group and has resided in the Tampa Bay area for 39 years. The Bright House Networks Business Diversity Award went to Jagged Peak. The company is a leading e-commerce solutions provider with software and services that enhance the scalability, flexibility and profitability of multi-channel online businesses. For more information on the Bright House Networks Diversity Awards go to
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  Comcast and USC Shoah Foundation's Five-Year Partnership 

Comcast and USC Shoah Foundation, an organization dedicated to overcoming prejudice, intolerance and bigotry through the educational use of its visual history testimonies, announced they have entered into a five-year partnership to annually bring the series "Days of Remembrance: PastFORWARD" to Comcast Xfinity customers On Demand and through the Xfinity TV Go app and online to any Internet user nationwide at

Building on the success of the first Comcast/USC Shoah Foundation partnership in 2011, Comcast will carry the award-winning films and other features about the Holocaust exclusively and at no cost for seven weeks starting April 8 through May 25 and in conjunction with the U.S. National Days of Remembrance (April 27 to May 4, 2014), a commemoration of the Holocaust held every spring.

Each year, the series will be themed with a feature film anchoring the program offerings. The 2014 series theme is "The Schindler’s List Legacy Series," showcasing the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List as the feature film, marking its 20th anniversary and including a special introduction by director Steven Spielberg. In addition to Schindler’s List, documentary films and firsthand accounts from Holocaust survivors and witnesses will be available as part of the series, including: Voices from the List, Spotlight on Testimony, Witnesses for the Future, and The Story of the USC Shoah Foundation.

"We are honored to partner once again with the Shoah Foundation to bring important films and stories about the Holocaust to millions of people across the nation," said Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of community investment of Comcast Corporation and president of the Comcast Foundation. "By leveraging our technology and platforms, we are able to help the Institute continue their mission of raising awareness and educating people about overcoming prejudice, intolerance and bigotry."

Comcast will deliver more than 30 hours of content across multiple platforms, including Xfinity On Demand, online and through the Xfinity TV Go app. Comcast customers can find the content in the On Demand library by selecting the "Specials" category and then "Days of Remembrance." The content will also be available to non-Comcast customers online to any Internet user nationwide at

To build awareness of the partnership and the offering, Comcast will carry a national public service announcement on Comcast Cable systems nationwide. For additional information contact Charisse R. Lillie at or 215-286-7370.
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  Discovery Communications Raises Awareness for Autism 

April 2 marked World Autism Awareness Day, and Discovery Communications participated in Autism Speaks’ signature “Light It Up Blue” campaign. The company joined hundreds of other organizations around the world to draw attention to this important cause, by turning its global headquarters building blue, and running 15-second public service announcements across domestic networks and their websites, promoting the initiative on social media platforms, and handing out Autism Speaks pins to employees to show their support.

Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and possible cure for autism. The organization strives to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society and bring hope to those who deal with the hardships of this disorder. To find out more about Autism Speaks and Light it Up Blue, go to
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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
Scripps Networks
Suddenlink Communications
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