Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

June 27, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 

Inside This Issue:

  Cox Aims to Delete Cyberbullying with Take Charge! 

Across the country, public and community officials in conjunction with pre-teens, teens and young adults are commemorating National Internet Safety Month by making a commitment to stop cyberbullying.

“Bullying is a vicious cycle where those bullied as children often grow up to bully others or worse, think about suicide,” said Sarah Murray, a recent graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I. Murray shared her personal experiences about being bullied as a teen with seventh grade students at Esek Hopkins Middle School earlier this month, continuing her legacy of spreading the awareness vital to deleting cyberbullying. Last October, Murray participated in a national bullying roundtable with Cox Communications in Las Vegas, partnering with teens across the nation to identify ways to stop bullying.

According to a 2014 survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, online bullying is a serious concern for teens and their parents. Key findings about teens surveyed include the following trends; three in ten teens claim to have been bullied online; one in ten admits to having bullied someone online and of teens who admit to being bullied online, only 41% have told an adult.

The prevalence of cyberbullying is concern, but it can be stopped. In Rhode Island, Cox has partnered with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to visit junior high schools and community agencies to teach kids how to “Take Charge!” of cyberbullying.

In the past 11 years, Cox has dedicated nearly $300 million in cash, in-kind and public service announcements to support programs that raise awareness of and help educate youth about online safety.  Cox annually releases research about Internet safety. The company offers a number of resources to keep families safely connected via dedicated resources for families, movie and TV reviews, free parental control software and other measures. For additional information on Take Charge!, contact Mallard Holliday at or 404-843-5981.
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  American Black Film Festival Showcases Diversity 

The 18th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) showcased a diverse creative community through film screenings, panel discussions and other events. ABFF sponsors HBO, Turner and the Time Warner Foundation took part in the mid-June, four-day event held for the first time in New York City.

HBO presented four events, including the HBO Character and Scene Studio, a workshop encouraging emerging writers and directors to think outside the box, and a programming panel called A Peek Behind the Curtain, featuring actors from the shows True Blood, Getting On and Boardwalk Empire. These events were designed to emulate the festival's mission, tapping into the city's expansive and diverse creative community and promoting the universal appeal of Black cinema and talent.

“This is HBO’s 17th year at the ABFF and our longevity as founding and premier sponsor speaks to our commitment to the festival and its role as an incubator, marketer, creative influencer and entertainment brand,” said Dennis Williams, vice president, corporate social responsibility, HBO. “Partnering with festivals like the ABFF has allowed us to proudly play an integral part in supporting and empowering the multicultural creative community.”

The Time Warner Foundation presented a panel that focused on diversity in Hollywood as well as the Master Class series that ran throughout the Festival. Master Classes included Bill Duke's Actors Boot Camp and Rob Hardy's Amazing Stories, among many others. Turner also hosted a screening of the upcoming season of Adult Swim's original animated series Black Dynamite followed by a panel discussion. For additional information, contact Summer Wilkie at or 212-484-8000.
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  Cablevision Student Lens Program Profiles Senator Cory Booker 

As part of Cablevision’s Power to Learn “Student Lens” program, the East Side High School student body and community members viewed a special screening of a student-produced short video that chronicles a day in the life of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Cablevision created “Student Lens” to give students the opportunity to hone media creation skills as they recorded the daily activities of an elected official. The video is filmed and edited in its entirety by students with guidance supplied by Cablevision’s Local Programming Department throughout the process.

Following opening remarks from Principal Mario Santos, Cablevision’s Shawna Ryan spoke about the opportunities provided by the “Student Lens” project and then introduced Sen. Booker who discussed his experiences working on the video with the students. New media studies instructor Tom Wolverton then reviewed the project and introduced the video. After the film, Sen. Booker participated in a Q&A with audience members.

"I'd like to congratulate each of the students involved with the production of this video which creates a window to see public service in action," said Sen. Booker.  "Through the Power to Learn 'Student Lens' program, young people learn what it takes to produce a video like this and also get an inside look at the workings of government and the multiple responsibilities of elected officials.  I commend Cablevision for providing the students at East Side High School with this opportunity."

Power to Learn, Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education. It also provides innovative educational curricula and tools designed to make technology useful to teachers, students and parents. More information, contact Kristen Blank at or 516-803-2358.
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  Scripps Networks Interactive Hosts 100 Girls of Code Workshop 

The Tennessee Code Academy's 100 Girls of Code, will be conducting workshops across Tennessee to raise awareness among girls ages 12 to 18 about careers in computer science throughout the summer. Scripps Networks Interactive will be their host for the Knoxville tour stop on June 30.

“Scripps Networks is committed to doing what we can to strengthen the communities where our employees live and work,” said Cindy McConkey, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, Scripps Networks Interactive, with its global headquarters in Knoxville. “With a history of advocating for women in technology and leadership roles, the opportunity to inspire potential future technology leaders is a natural extension of our community giving strategy.”

The summer touring program, sponsored by STEMspark, Tennessee Tech University and Launch Tennessee, will help girls garner interest in computer programming, Web development, gaming and computer applications. According to the U.S. Labor Department, only 12 percent of employees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are women.

The 100 Girls of Code workshops will include an introduction into computer programming, a tutorial of the latest website development techniques and a look at the most innovative gaming development strategies, all taught by female programmers. Some events, including those scheduled in Knoxville, will also incorporate a panel of women leaders in technology, with women working in digital media, Internet technology and social media at Scripps Networks scheduled to talk with the girls involved in the workshop. For additional information contact Sammy Lowdermilk at or 931-224-7770.
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  Comcast Business Announces Six Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Winners 

After a two week public voting period, six business owners were selected as grand prize winners from 32 regional winners in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Each grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 cash award plus an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City where they will receive one-on-one consulting with nationally recognized business experts including Marcus Lemonis, businessman, investor, TV personality and philanthropist; Robert Irvine, celebrity chef and entrepreneur; and Comcast senior executives.

Previously, as regional winners, these six businesses had won a $5,000 cash award plus Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years, along with a $2,500 credit for other Comcast services. They will be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York City on August 25. The winners also receive a VIP tour of 30 Rockefeller Center and attend a dinner prepared by chef Irvine, on August 26. 

The six winners come from a wide range of companies across the U.S. The businesses are; entreDonovan, a Wilmington, Del. maker of custom clothing for professional women; Neiswanger Management Services, a Hyattsville, Md. provider of management services to healthcare facilities; PicturePoint On-line, a San Jose, Calif. producer of online videos for businesses, non-profits and other organizations; Spa La Paws, a Spring, Texas mobile pet grooming service; Unwind Yarn and Gifts in Savannah, Ga. offers yarn and knitting materials; and West Palm Animal Clinic, a full service animal hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"These six winners have compelling stories and business plans, and public voting has identified them as top entrepreneurs among our national field of entries," said Terry Connell, senior vice president, Comcast Business. "They have shown the ability to utilize technology in their business, and with the help of the Innovation 4 Entrepreneurs program, they have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from top experts to help take their organization to a whole new level." For additional information contact Kate Finn at or 215-286-7727.
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  Prescot, Ariz. & Hamtramck, Mich. Will Celebrate With a Bang 

Destination America has organized a spectacular party for the two winning towns of its Red, White and You contest. The celebrations in Prescott, Ariz. and Hamtramck, Mich. will feature thrill rides, fireworks, and musical performances, including an appearance in Prescott by the Grammy Award-winning band The Wallflowers. The Red White and You festivities start in Prescott on July 4 and continue in Hamtramck on July 5.
This is the second year that Destination America will host the annual Red White and You event in two towns that truly deserve Independence Day celebrations.  “And in Prescott, a town that’s so badly in need of an uplifting event, there’s no better way to infuse that spirit and patriotism of America’s birthday than a taking in the infectious live performance of Grammy Award-winning band, The Wallflowers,” said Marc Etkind, general manger, Destination America.
Prescott, still recovering from the devastating wildfires that tragically claimed the lives of 19 firefighters last year, kicks off Red, White and You with Independence Day festivities ranging from rides and local entertainment to a live performance from the rock band The Wallflowers. The critically acclaimed band will kick off in Prescott with one song prior to the honorary Fourth of July fireworks, and close the night with an electrifying performance.
Hamtramck, a true melting pot community of America that has persevered in a difficult economy, celebrates their first Fourth of July in more than 30 years. Bringing the entire community together on July 5, the party will commence with pony rides, a petting zoo and carnival games followed by a live performance from local Motown band JR Walkers Allstar. The evening will be rounded out by a spectacular fireworks show. Destination America also partnered with the Student Conservation Association to provide a complete facelift to Hamtramck’s Veterans Park as well as with HATCH: A Hamtramck Art Collective to bring in local artists to create commemorative art pieces that will be donated to the town.
Making a special appearance in both cities will be Abel Gonzales from Destination America’s show, Deep Fried Masters. Abel will meet with festival attendees, share his coveted fry secrets and offer free samples of inventive fried foods, from deep-fried garlic butter to fried elephant ears, a popular cinnamon-sugar pastry.
Destination America partnered with national weekly magazine USA Weekend for the contest, awarding two deserving communities a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July celebration. It garnered more than 2,500 entries, asking individuals from across the country to put their patriotism on display to prove why their respective towns were most deserving of an over-the-top Independence Day party.
Five runner-up towns were also awarded an Independence Day celebration, courtesy of Destination America: Columbus, Ga.; Charleston, W.Va.; Aiken, S.C.; Ellwood City, Pa; and Toledo, Ohio. Additionally, an online poll for a People’s Choice winner, which took place at, resulted in three winners, with Delmont, S.D.; Gloucester, Mass.; and Hackleburg, Ala., with each receiving $4,000 toward their local Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information contact Jessica Nicola at or 212-548-5826.
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  Celebrating Project AquaStar 

Local officials in Columbus, Ohio recently held a ribbon-cutting celebration for Project AquaStar, the St. Stephen's Community House’s commitment to addressing the food insecurity epidemic in the Linden community while simultaneously educating youth on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles and how to positively impact their communities. Time Warner Cable is one of the main sponsors of this project through its Connect a Million Minds initiative.

The endeavor is an eight-week program designed to engage Central Ohio students ages 5-13 and includes hands-on inquiry based STEM principals utilizing Aquaponics and urban farming, a sustainable method used to produce herbs, fruits and vegetables in synergistic elements that use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional farming practices.

St. Stephen’s Community House is touted as providing “womb to tomb care” in five core service areas all of which has earned national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For additional information on the AquaStar project and its support by Time Warner Cable, contact Judy Barbao at or 614-481-5389.
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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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