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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2009
Contact:  Steve Jones
(202) 222-2373
sjones@cablecommunicators.org

ACC Announces Winners of the 6th Annual Cable Communications Achievement Award

Maryce Cunningham, Mid South Region, Suddenlink Communications and

Ellen East, Time Warner Cable will be recognized during FORUM 2009

Washington, DC --The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) announced today the winners of the sixth annual ACC Cable Communications Achievement Award. The winners are Maryce Cunningham, Mid South Regional Manager of Community and Government Relations, Suddenlink Communications and Ellen East, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable.  

The Cable Communications Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions within cable communications and to ACC. The awards will be presented in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, October 27 during ACC's FORUM 2009 conference, "Communicating Cable 3.0: People, Products & Value." FORUM is the cable industry's annual educational event dedicated to the issues facing communications and public affairs professionals.

"This year's Cable Communications Achievement Award winners, Maryce Cunningham and Ellen East, are outstanding leaders who believe and understand that tactical and highly focused communications and public affairs campaigns are critical components to achieving their respective company's strategic objectives and can provide financial dividends as well," said Steve Jones, ACC Executive Director. "Their experience, community involvement and never ending drive to succeed, have helped advance the role of cable communicators within their companies and the industry."

Maryce Cunningham earns success for her company and the cable industry with dogged determination and hard work behind the scenes and in the public eye.  A communications professional with 25 years experience in the cable and telecommunications industry, she works closely with Louisiana and Arkansas cable systems to promote and publicize their activities, to assist in their relations with franchise authorities and local press, and to position them as the broadband leaders in their areas.  Cunningham monitors the activities of the local and state governments and maintains company dealings with the federal, state, and local elected officials.  In addition, she created, produces, and hosts Suddenlink's "Community Connections TV," a locally-produced, community service television program that offers elected officials and community leaders an opportunity to address and inform their constituents.

Her most recent efforts include helping the Jonesboro team plan and kick off an "eCycling" program to help create a new electronic equipment recycling program in the town, prompting a remarkably favorable editorial and letter to the editor two days later.  She helped the Lake Charles, LA., team develop a new community program to boost efforts to feed the hungry.  In past assignments she has developed and implemented numerous other projects, including the Suddenlink Scholarship Program, the Suddenlink Spotlight on Someone Special Award, Customer Appreciation Days, and the Boys & Girls Clubs Annual Day of Service program.  Cunningham is the co-chair of ACC's Outreach Activities committee and also serves on the FORUM 2009 committee.

Long one of cable's most influential communicators, Ellen East provides strategic counsel on companywide public relations, corporate communications and industry affairs. She oversees a staff responsible for national media relations, issues management, product communication, public policy communication, employee and leadership communication, community relations and corporate philanthropy.  East joined Time Warner Cable in October 2007 from Cox Communications, Inc., where she served as Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs.

Directly reporting to Time Warner Cable CEO Glen Britt, East is a leader in shaping the company's image as a newly independent corporation following its recent spinoff from Time Warner Inc.  To ensure the company's 47,000 employees are informed and engaged as the company faces unprecedented competition in a time of economic distress, she and her team launched a new intranet site, Channel You, that is a model of innovation and interactivity.  She has also championed an increased focus on digital communications, recognizing the unprecedented influence of blogs, social media and other digital tools and their powerful ability to affect the image of Time Warner Cable and the cable industry.  As she was at Cox Communications, she is an influential voice in employing strategic communications to help build the company's image and bolster its bottom line.  East is a past president of ACC, has won numerous industry awards and serves in leadership roles for many cable industry organizations.

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The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry’s communications and public affairs professionals. ACC's mission is to develop and promote cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate goals. ACC works to enhance each member’s status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on ACC, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org./

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