Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

May 23, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 


Inside This Issue:

  FORUM Opens in Atlanta June 3 

In less than ten days cable communicators and industry executives will converge on Atlanta for the association’s annual educational conference, FORUM 2014. Keynote addresses will be made by Kevin Riley, Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who will open the conference on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host, Reliable Sources, the keynote luncheon speaker, will talk about the new media landscape and how communications executives guide their organizations to connect with journalists and consumers alike. The theme of the conference is the Power of Story Telling: Hashtags, Headlines and Soundbites and will be hosted in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.

FORUM opens on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm with a welcome reception held in the Omni Club Lounge and runs through the afternoon of Thursday, June 5. On Wednesday evening, June 4, the Beacon Awards® will be presented during a dinner celebration. For a complete listing of days, sessions and related information, go to the FORUM page on the ACC Website and click on the FORUM 2004 Agenda link.

Online conference registration is open and individuals may save $100 off the on-site fee of $1,000 if they register by May 31, 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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  Three Initiatives Nominated for the 2014 Golden Beacon 

Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) earlier this month announced the three nominees for the association’s highest honor, the Golden Beacon Award. The nominees are: Discovery Education's Of the People: Live from the White House, Discovery Communications; 2013 Jimmy V Week PSA Campaign, ESPN, Inc.; and Killing Kennedy Integrated Communications, National Geographic Channel.

ACC will honor the Golden Beacon Award® nominees and announce the winner during the Beacon Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. The ceremony takes place during ACC's annual conference, FORUM 2014.

"The Golden Beacon is ACC's highest honor, presented each year to a communications initiative that has had a profound and lasting effect on the industry and its stakeholders,” said Pete Abel, 2014 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink. “Over the past year, the three programs that earned recognition as finalists for this year’s Golden Beacon have exemplified the cable industry’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

ACC members who judged the Beacon Awards® nominated Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trip series, Of the People: Live from the White House. The initiative utilizes the power of broadband to offer middle and high school students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtual events broadcast live from the White House and open to all classrooms nationwide. The series is aimed at transporting young learners beyond the walls of their classrooms to explore the people, places, careers and issues that inform and shape our world and to help students understand the importance of their education and motivate them to make a difference.

The Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research is ESPN’s broadest public fundraiser for The V Foundation. In its seventh year, Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research hoped to reimagine and reintroduce Jim Valvano’s iconic 1993 ESPYS speech to new audiences to continue growing the initiative and increasing total dollars raised for The V Foundation. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Jim Valvano’s speech, ESPN also wanted to ensure that his words continue to impact the next generation. The 2013 goal for Jimmy V Week was to spread Valvano’s message to audiences of other sports and to creatively adapt his words in a way that would resonate with viewers of all ages, including those not familiar with Jim Valvano.

November 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination and the television landscape was flooded with related programming. National Geographic Channel’s objective was to stand out in this crowded landscape and position Killing Kennedy as the must-see on the topic. National Geographic Channel created a comprehensive integrated communications and media relations strategy to garner coverage for Killing Kennedy (premiered Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013) based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly. A 360-degree, multiplatform campaign was executed to position the project as the highest profile by (a) strategically revealing production details and assets, (b) utilizing the celebrity cast, and (c) positioning it as a can’t-miss “event.” This strategy built excitement through a steady drumbeat of announcements and events, to drive viewers to the special.

ACC’s Golden Beacon Award recognizes a communications or public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry, while enhancing cable’s image nationwide. The 2013 Golden Beacon Award recognized Characters Unite, USA Network. For additional information, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  Time Warner Cable Helps Veterans with Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the latest trends in today’s business world, enabling businesses of all sizes to have their information technology services delivered without the cost and complexities of managing them with in-house resources. To help Time Warner Cable Capital District veterans better understand how cloud services can help strengthen their businesses, experts from Time Warner Cable Business Class and its NaviSite presented a seminar on May 14, in Glenville, NY.

The breakfast seminar at the Navy Operational Support Center was organized by the Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). Time Warner Cable’s participation was initiated by the company’s VetNet group, which is a network of employees that support the professional development of veterans within Time Warner Cable and who work in the local community in support of individuals who served our country.

James Manchester is senior vice president of application operations for Time Warner Cable, as well as chairman of the company’s veteran’s task force and executive sponsor of VetNet. Manchester said, “As a veteran of the armed forces, I am proud of Time Warner Cable’s commitment to help fellow vets build strong careers outside of the military. The emergence of cloud computing shows us again how technology is always changing, fascinating, and important to the success of any business.”

The event also included updates on veteran issues from leaders representing the Capital District, including Congressman Paul Tonko, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Assemblyman James Tedisco, and VBOC New York State Program Coordinator Amy Amoroso.

Congressman Tonko said, “Service members and their families have earned our respect and gratitude for their sacrifice and service to our nation, and we must look to support them through every stage of their service – including after they have separated from active duty. This seminar helped veterans looking to own their own business and hire locally in the Capital Region to harness emerging technologies and compete in the global marketplace. I applaud Time Warner Cable’s commitment to area veterans and look forward to working more with them in the future to enhance the way we do business in New York.”

“I’m honored to take part in Time Warner Cable’s seminar to provide our distinguished veterans with the resources they need to enhance their businesses and careers upon their return home,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “Having honorably served our nation, these returning heroes deserve all the assistance we can provide them to take their businesses to the next level.” For additional information contact Maureen Huff at or 212-364-8206.
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  Cox Makes $1.5 million grant to the USS Midway Museum 

Earlier this week Cox announced a $1.5 million grant to the USS Midway Museum, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The museum will use the largest grant in its history to expand its educational program. The Midway Museum is a one-of-a-kind learning laboratory that serves 50,000 students each year through its STEM-oriented classroom programs, overnight programs and virtual field trips available to high school students across the country.

The late Barbara Cox, daughter of company founder and mother of Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy, christened the Midway in 1945. At that time, the Midway was the largest ship in the world and later became the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Today, the Midway is the most visited ship museum in the world with more than one million annual visitors.

"The Midway and Cox became forever linked when my mother christened the ship almost 70 years ago," said Kennedy. "The Midway served with America's greatest generation and is now educating future generations. Before founding our company, my grandfather was a teacher, so I know he'd be proud that this grant will help the Midway grow its educational programs."

The expanded educational program will enable participants to understand the meaning of service to country and community, citizenship, individual empowerment and collective achievement.
"This historic partnership is vital to the future of the USS Midway Museum," said USS Midway Museum president and CEO Mac McLaughlin. "As our Midway Foundation works to meet the long-term educational and infrastructure needs of the USS Midway Museum, community leaders like Cox are crucial to achieving that mission."

Cox Communications has supported the Midway Museum throughout its 10 year-history. The company's commercial division, Cox Business, built fiber to the Midway, and currently delivers critical infrastructure and broadband technology to the museum. Cox also generates awareness through its local TV station, Channel 4 San Diego, which is airing a special half-hour show on the museum. For air dates and times, visit For additional information contact Mallard Holliday at or 404-843-5981.
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  Cable Impacts: A New Dimension to Cable’s Social Responsibility 

Cable’s focus has always been on building and nourishing a one-to-one relationship with consumers and their communities. Whether it’s through the local broadband and television services or the enjoyment of cable’s programming, cable is integral to the fabric of America. And today, cable is one of the rare enterprises that employ people in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories.

The social compact implicit in these relationships requires cable industry companies not only to meet their commitments to customers, but it also obliges the industry to make a good-faith effort to aid communities with projects and programs that serve the common good – the principle widely known as corporate social responsibility.

That’s why the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) recently formed a new foundation, Cable Impacts. The mission: to advance cable’s commitment to social responsibility through activities that leverage cable’s strength’s, its superior plant, technology and content, to empower consumers and enhance our communities.

Cable Impacts’ work aims at three key areas; first, it supports cable’s commitment to education through research, partnerships, events, and a digital presence. Cable Impacts will highlight the positive use of broadband in education, and a commitment to the teaching of 21st century digital skills and citizenship. With the commitment to education as one of its main planks, Cable Impacts serves as a fitting successor to Cable in the Classroom, the industry-wide program that spanned a generation and fulfilled a promise to wire the nation’s schools for TV and broadband, and offer to teachers, parents and students the free use of the best in cable’s educational content, both on TV and online.

Second, by mirroring the cable industry’s efforts in broadband adoption, Cable Impacts, through partnerships with third parties, public service initiatives, and the resources of NCTA member companies, will support programs that drive broadband adoption and digital literacy among underserved and un-served communities.

And third, underscoring a historic commitment of nearly 20 years in providing families with parental controls and help in managing media coming into their homes, Cable Impacts will continue to raise awareness and improve education about the available and easily accessible resources to help parents and caregivers manage the TV and Internet media in which their kids are immersed every day.

The Cable Impacts team at NCTA will work hard to identify and amplify all the work under way nationwide. Staff members will also play a role in identifying, nurturing and sharing best practices throughout the industry. And Cable Impacts will be open to other areas of focus within its mission and will work closely with NCTA member companies to help determine compelling projects for the future. For additional information contact David Pierce at or 202-222-2363.
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  Beacon Finalists Announced, Winners Unveiled June 4th in Atlanta 

The association in mid May announced the finalists for the 2014 Beacon Awards honoring excellence in cable communications and public affairs. The winners of the 2014 Beacon Awards® will be announced during the Beacon Awards dinner and ceremony on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta during ACC's annual conference FORUM 2014: Power of Story Telling: Hashtags, Headlines and Soundbites.

"The longest-running awards program of its kind, the Beacons recognize the best of the work done by cable communicators,” said Pete Abel, 2014 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink. "We commend all of the finalists for this achievement and applaud the many contributions they make to their respective companies and our industry."

Fifty-one ACC members, cable communications and public affairs professionals, chose the 2014 Beacon Award finalists during an extensive two-round judging process. The Beacon Award entries submitted this year demonstrate the cable industry's commitment to communications and public affairs representing initiatives implemented over the past year in areas such as community relations, events and observances, and social media communications.

The 2014 Beacon Awards® Finalists listed by category are:

Cause Marketing
A & E Project Startup: Duck Dynasty Running Shoe
A+E Networks – New York, NY

Cablevision and The Lustgarten Foundation's curePC pancreatic cancer public awareness campaign
Cablevision Systems Corporation – Bethpage, NY

Cause An Uproar
Nat Geo Wild – Washington, DC

Cox Conserves Heroes – Louisiana
Cox Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA

TWCONN3CTS with the Community
Time Warner Cable -NYC Region – New York, NY

Community Relations
725 Area Code Overlay
Cox Communications – Las Vegas, NV

Charter Communications / Charter TV3 – Seconds To Safety
Charter Communications, Inc. – Worcester, MA

Community Relations: Rhode Island Connect2Compete Launch
Cox Communications – West Warwick, RI

Destination America's Red, White and You 2013
Discovery Communications – Silver Spring, MD

Internet Essentials Ambassadors Program
Comcast – Washington, DC

Time Warner Cable - Girls Inc. - STEM in Sports & Fitness
Time Warner Cable/Syracuse – Syracuse, NY

Time Warner Cable STEMfest
Time Warner Cable – Kansas City, MO

Time Warner Cable "Stem in Sports with the Buffalo Bills"
Time Warner Cable/Syracuse – Syracuse, NY

Training the Community
Charter Communications, Inc. – Newtown, CT

Why The Dinosaurs Love TWC WiFi
Time Warner Cable – El Segundo, CA

Bay News 9, Project Weather Science Kits
Bay News 9 – St. Petersburg, FL

BHSN Varsity Reporter Program
Bright House Sports Network – Pinellas Park, FL

Big History
A+E Networks – New York, NY

Discovery Education's "Of the People: Live from the White House"
Discovery Communications – Silver Spring, MD

Burn Notice Science Challenge
USA Network– New York, NY

MSG Classroom - 2013 Spring Semester
MSG Networks – New York, NY

National Geographic Channel - 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination, Education Resources and Event
National Geographic Channel – Washington, DC

Operation Breakthrough Educational Program
Time Warner Cable – Kansas City, MO

STEM in Sports
Time Warner Cable – New York, NY

Teaching to Connect
Charter Communications, Inc. – Newtown, CT

Events and Observances
#uniteLIVE: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying
USA Network– New York, NY

BTN Big 10k
Big Ten Network – Chicago, IL

CAMM Day at TWC Studios
Time Warner Cable – New York, NY

C-SPAN3’s American History TV at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
C-SPAN Networks – Washington, DC

Mediacom Open House
Mediacom Communications – Mediacom Park, NY

Take Charge! and #UniteLIVE
Cox Communications – Atlanta, GA

We Love Vets!
Time Warner Cable – El Segundo, CA

WICT Rocky Mountain 2013 Tech It Out Event
WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter – Denver, CO

Government Relations
Feet on the Street
Cox Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA

VCTA Cable Reports
Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association – Richmond, VA

Internal Communications
Cox Business Refer-A-Biz Program - Cox Southeast Region
Cox Communications - Southeast Region – Gainesville, FL

Internal Communications: Cox Northeast "Cox Vs." Product Fairs
Cox Communications – West Warwick, RI

Internet Essentials Ambassadors Program
Comcast – Washington, DC

Telemundo Media: OUR MUNDO. Unifying and Engaging Our Employees
Telemundo Media – Hialeah, FL

Integrated Communications
BTN2Go Mini Mascot Campaign
Big Ten Network – Chicago, IL

CAMM Day at Time Warner Cable Studios
Time Warner Cable -NYC Region – New York, NY

Cox Business helps businesses across footprint "Get Started" in National Roadshow
Cox Communications – Atlanta, GA

Cox Communications-Barrett Jackson 2014
Cox Communications – Phoenix, AZ

Killing Kennedy Integrated Communications
National Geographic Channel – Washington, DC

Time Warner Cable - Austin Speed Increase
Time Warner Cable – Dallas, TX

TWC and CSM Teach Families How to be Safe in a Digital World
Time Warner Cable – Morrisville, NC

Multicultural Public Relations
Cox Southeast Region Diversity Council
Cox Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA

Discovery familia: 2013 Es Para Ti Local Market Tour
Discovery Communications – Silver Spring, MD

Media Relations
Animal Planet L!VE PR Campaign
Discovery Communications – Silver Spring, MD

BTN2Go Mini Mascot Campaign
Big Ten Network – Chicago, IL

Closing the Digital Divide with C2C Partnership
Cox Communications – Atlanta, GA

Killing Kennedy Program Publicity
National Geographic Channel – Washington, DC

Technology Innovation? We're Here!
Cox Communications – Gainesville, FL

X Games Global Expansion
ESPN, Inc. – Bristol, CT

Brain Games Programming
National Geographic Channel – Washington, DC

Cox 4 and R+L Carries New Orleans Bowl Pre-Game Show
Cox Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA

C-SPAN’s First Ladies: Influence and Image
C-SPAN Networks – Washington, DC

ESPN "Nine for IX" Series
ESPN, Inc. – New York, NY

Life Continued: Defeating Depression
MTV – New York, NY

NFL Characters Unite
USA Network– New York, NY

Varsity TV
Bright House Sports Network – Pinellas Park, FL

Public Service Announcement
2013 Jimmy V Week PSA Campaign
ESPN, Inc. – Bristol, CT

Ban Bossy: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
Lifetime Television – Los Angeles, CA

Operation Breakthrough PSA
Time Warner Cable – Kansas City, MO

Reputation/Brand Management
Cox Conserves Heroes – Louisiana
Cox Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Exhibit Video
A+E Networks – New York, NY

LA Pride
Time Warner Cable – El Segundo, CA

Time Warner Cable Supports the Charlotte Pride Festival
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

TWC and CSM Teach Families How to be Safe in a Digital World
Time Warner Cable - Morrisville, NC

Web Sites
Channel You Mobile
Time Warner Cable – West Columbia, SC

Half of Us
mtvU – New York, NY

His Dream, Our Stories: The Legacy of the March on Washington
Comcast – Philadelphia, PA

Killing Kennedy Promotional Website
National Geographic Channel – Washington, DC

Untangled: the Corporate Blog
Time Warner Cable – New York, NY

For additional information, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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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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