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August 18, 2009
Contact:  Steve Jones
(202) 222-2373

Communications & Cable Executives Keynote FORUM 2009

"Communicating Cable 3.0: People, Products & Value"  

Washington, DC -   The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) announced today that Kyle McSlarrow, President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Robert B. Clasen, Chairman & CEO of Starz, LLC, Jerald L. Kent, Chairman & CEO of Suddenlink Communications, Paul Liao, President & CEO of CableLabs, Josh Sapan, Chairman & CEO of Rainbow Media and Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts will participate in FORUM 2009, as panelists and keynote speakers, October 26 to 28, in Denver, CO.

On Tuesday the 27th, Mr. McSlarrow will provide a Washington Update. He will give his outlook on what to expect from Congress, the administration, and the FCC. "Kyle understands that the communications professionals are the individuals who will be translating the industry's message to the public, the government, and the media," Steve Jones, Executive Director of ACC, said. "He is the leader of the cable telecommunications industry and sets the direction for how the industry will approach the coming issues at the federal and state level." Mr. McSlarrow will also outline key opportunities and threats for the cable telecommunications industry.

Clasen, Kent, Liao, and Sapan will discuss how new media and technology are benefitting-and sometimes disrupting-the business of cable in a roundtable discussion on Tuesday as well. The CEOs will assess the industry's future and their visions for operators, programmers, customers, and employees.

Katz's keynote address will kick off the second day of the conference on October 28. He will tell delegates how his company is strategically using communications, public relations, marketing, and Web 2.0 technologies to meet its bottom line and corporate goals. "Vail Resorts is in the leisure activity entertainment industry, competing for the same consumer dollars as the cable telecommunications industry," Jones said. "Katz will provide an outside perspective on how Vail Resorts is leveraging some of the same technology and techniques as executives inside the cable industry are using."

In addition to the general sessions at FORUM, the conference will also feature four educational breakout sessions on topics including running a campaign on a shoe string budget, the "new" FCC, leveraging the use of social media and integrating marketing and communications.  This year also features Web 2.0 one-on-one sessions, where social media experts answer communicators' questions in a hands-on tutorial atmosphere.  The conference will be held in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.  For information about FORUM 2009, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit  

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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. Formerly known as the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA), its 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

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