Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

April 25, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards


Inside This Issue:

  Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor Kevin Riley Keynotes FORUM 

Kevin Riley, the editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will be the opening keynote speaker for FORUM on Wednesday morning June 4. He will address the changing role and landscape of the media and how executives in the communications industry need to adapt to effectively have their messages heard. The keynote session at 9:00 am in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, will kick off a robust one and one-half day program on cable industry communications for the 28th annual conference of the association. The theme of the conference is the Power of Storytelling: Hashtags, Headlines and Soundbites.

In addition to Riley, FORUM will feature a total of three keynote presentations as well as nine topic specific sessions throughout the meeting. The conference opens on Tuesday, June 3 with an early evening welcome reception and runs through the afternoon of Thursday, June 5. On Wednesday evening, June 4, the Beacon Awards® will be presented during a dinner celebration.

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center at 190 Marietta St NW in Atlanta 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 800-843-6664 and reference: Association of Cable Communicators. Room rates are $159/night plus tax for up to four individuals sharing a single room.

Online conference registration is now open and individuals may save $200 off the on-site fee of $1,000 if they register by April 30, 2014. All individuals who registered to attend FORUM 2014 may also attend the Beacon Awards® presentation and diner without additional cost. However, for those individuals who are only attending the awards ceremony, individual tickets for the event are $150.

For additional information on FORUM go to the FORUM 2014 page on the ACC Website, 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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  Four Cable Industry Companies Join DiversityInc Top 50 List 

DiversityInc recently released its 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity and Cox Communications (18), The Walt Disney Company (34), Time Warner (42) and Comcast (44) were all recognized as top diversity organizations.

Each company considered by DiveristyInc was assessed by its performance in four key areas of diversity management. Talent Pipeline: workforce breakdown, recruitment, diameter of existing talent, structures; Equitable Talent Development: resource groups, mentoring, philanthropy, movement, fairness; CEO/Leadership Commitment: accountability for results, personal communications, visibility; and Supplier Diversity: spend with companies owned by people from underrepresented groups; accountability, support.

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001 at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. Participation in the list has increased every year, and for 2014 there were 1,215 company submissions.

Cox Communications was singled out by DiversityInc on their specialty list as the top company for Community Philanthropy and Time Warner was listed as the top company for Talent Development. For additional information go to,
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  Connect With The Cable Show 2014

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) conference and exhibition, The Cable Show 2014 in Los Angeles will be the most connected event in the organization’s history. For individuals attending the event, stay in-the-know by following @CableShow on Twitter for the latest show news and information. Attendees should also keep a close eye on the hashtag #Cable2014 on both Twitter and Instagram to see what is driving the show's conversation. Plus, follow @NCTACable to stay on top of the latest news in and outside of the convention center.

In addition to social media feeds, sign up for platform, NCTA’s official blog. The blog will keep executives up-to-date on insider coverage, commentary, and videos from the general sessions, the exhibition show floor, as well as, from Imagine Park. For cable professionals unable to attend, every general session and Imagine Park panel will be streamed live at Additionally, key videos, full segments, and highlights from the conference will be available on The Cable Show video-on-demand page and NCTA’s YouTube page. NCTA has made access to late breaking content from the conference and exhibit show floor as easy as staying connected to social media or the World Wide Web. For additional information contact Brian Dietz at or 202-222-2358.
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  TWC Partners to Promote Sustainability 

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and Time Warner Cable in April announced a new partnership to help Time Warner Cable employees form “Green Teams” to deliver on the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. The teams will empower employees to raise awareness of sustainability initiatives, improve operational efficiencies, and support green initiatives in communities where employees live and work.

The partnership is part of Time Warner Cable’s “Go Green” initiative to lessen its impact on the environment while increasing business efficiencies and cost savings. Time Warner Cable is on track to meet or exceed a 15 percent reduction in total carbon intensity by the end of 2014, which is being achieved through companywide recycling programs, increased use of fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-efficient building designs, among other changes.

“Sustainability has become a core business strategy and companies are increasingly tapping the power of their employees to help them reach their goals,” said Katie Mandes, who directs C2ES employee engagement and sustainability programs. “By empowering individuals to save energy, Time Warner Cable is contributing to the sustainability of its business and its communities.”

“Time Warner Cable believes in empowering our employees to help us become a better corporate citizen and be more involved in our local communities,” said Dave Flessas, senior vice president, network operations center and operations support, and Time Warner Cable Go Green Corporate Sponsor. “Our partnership with C2ES will help advance our company’s environmental goals and promote environmental stewardship among our employees.”

With its Make an Impact program, C2ES works with a wide range of companies to educate employees on steps they can take to live more sustainably. Through online tools, hands-on activities, and community outreach, C2ES and its corporate partners have reached more than 300,000 people, who have committed to take energy-saving steps. These commitments will keep more than 71 million pounds of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of taking 6,700 cars off the road. For more information on The Make an Impact program go to
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  Finalists Announced for Teen Driver Video Challenge 

Toyota and Discovery Education announced the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, a teen safe driving program. Over two weeks, the top ten inspirational videos will appear online for public voting to determine the grand prize winner and to also send a national reminder about the importance of safe teen driving.

Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid distractions.  Over 1,000 videos were submitted as part of the challenge. The top ten finalists’ videos address unsafe driving habits and how distracted driving can change lives forever.

The general public may visit to view the top ten videos and decide the winner by voting for their favorite. The teen who garners the most votes will win a $15,000 cash prize and be given the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to re-create their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA which is eligible to air on Discovery’s family of networks. The second place prize is a $10,000 cash prize and a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a Velocity show. The third place prize is a $7,500 cash prize.

Last year’s winning video from Ryan Johnston of Corona, Calif. took a humorous look at what driving distractions may have looked like a hundred years ago, while also sending a serious message to teens about the importance of road safety. His re-created PSA ran across Discovery’s family of networks.

Toyota Teen Driver, a partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education that offers free, online resources for teens, parents and teachers, is part of TeenDrive365, Toyota’s comprehensive initiative designed to help teens and families navigate their teen’s first years behind the wheel. Building on the programs and resources Toyota has offered for more than a decade, it offers a collection of online tools, events, expert advice and tips as well as social media elements. The videos may be view at or for additional information email to
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  Cox Announces $150K Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America 

Cox Communications announced this week a $150,000 gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) from The James M. Cox Foundation. The gift will create seven new Cox Technology Centers to help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home. Boys & Girls Club members can use the Cox Technology Centers to assist with homework, research, job searches and college preparation.

"We're proud of our long-standing partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide youth in our communities access to state-of-the-art equipment, educational software platforms and best practices for staying safe online," said Cox Communications President Pat Esser. "Collectively, we are working to ensure Club members are prepared to thrive in today's digital world."

The seven Cox Technology Centers will open in Sierra Vista, Ariz.; San Diego and Oceanside, Calif.; Pensacola, Fla; Pawtucket, R.I.; Lafayette, La.; and Omaha, Neb. Since 2002, Cox has contributed more than $20 million in cash and in-kind support to BGCA.

"To be productive citizens in the 21st century, young people need digital access for professional and academic success," said Dr. Damon A. Williams, senior vice president, program, training and youth development services at BGCA. "More than 75 percent of colleges take their applications online, and nearly all Fortune 500 companies post new jobs through their websites. We are thankful for Cox Communications' continued generosity to provide Club kids with Internet access—as no one should have to apply for a job on a Smartphone."

The James M. Cox Foundation supports organizations in locations where Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries operate. For additional information, contact Mallard Holliday at or 404-843-5981.
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  Networking at The Cable Show 2014 

Mark your calendar to attend the Cable Show Media Welcome Reception & Imagine Film Challenge Launch on Monday evening, April 28, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm during The Cable Show 2014. Join your NCTA and ACC colleagues who will be mingling with the media and each other just prior the official start of the general sessions and exposition on Tuesday morning.

The reception will be held at Terrace, Luxe City Center, 1020 S. Figueroa Street. If you plan on attending, please RSVP at
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  Comcast Cares Day is Saturday April 26 

Thousands of Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family and friends, and community partners are expected to spend Saturday, April 26, giving back to their communities as they take part in Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Last year, more than 85,000 people volunteered at Comcast Cares Day projects around the world.  Now in its 13th year, the annual day of service has also contributed more than $14 million to local non-profit organizations. 

"Each year, I look forward to working alongside my Comcast and NBCUniversal colleagues, their family members and friends, and our many community partners to make a real and lasting impact in our local communities," said Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation.  "Community service and volunteerism are a deep part of our company’s culture. I am so very proud of our employees who donate their time and talents to help improve our neighborhoods on Comcast Cares Day."

During this year’s Comcast Cares Day, volunteers at more than 800 projects will be at sites worldwide with NBCUniversal managing projects in about a dozen countries, including England, Singapore, France, Germany, India, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and Italy.

"Comcast Cares Day exemplifies Comcast and NBCUniversal’s commitment to help our neighbors and respond to local needs in the communities where we live and work," said David L. Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation.  "Our unwavering focus on strengthening our communities can be seen year-round as we join with non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make a positive local impact."

On Saturday, volunteers will contribute their time and energy by providing maintenance, supplies and makeovers to local schools, parks and community centers. Comcast Cares Day comes on the heels of 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 will add to the diverse line-up of projects.

Since 2001, Comcast’s overall giving has exceeded $3.2 billion in cash and in-kind contributions supporting local non-profit organizations and other charitable partners across the country. For additional information, contact Charisse R. Lillie at or 215-286-7370.
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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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