Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The first few months of 2017 have been busy and productive. We are ramping up for the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration where we will induct six new deserving honorees and bestow Frank Drendel on the Bresnan Ethics in Business award. The event is April 26 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington D.C. and it promises to be an unforgettable evening. For more information, to purchase tickets, tables, secure a sponsorship and reserve rooms, visit www.cablehalloffame.com. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
As we keep an eye on the present, we are actively planning for the future. For the last six months, I’ve been working with a special committee that includes Ken Lowe, Ann Carlsen, Jeff DeMond, David Zaslav, David Van Valkenburg and Bridget Baker, chaired by Paul Maxwell. The committee’s charter is to solidify a strategic direction that builds on our legacy of entrepreneurship to create a new initiative that launches us forward. We are in the process of putting the meat on the bones of this initiative, which will roll out in the fall. We believe The Cable Center is uniquely positioned to spearhead this effort because, as an educational nonprofit focused on awareness and learning, TCC is the ideal steward for bridging the cable industry’s rich past to its burgeoning future. Stay tuned for exciting developments.
As another expression of The Cable Center’s focus on innovation, I’m proud to announce the opening of our new co-working space, MediaAMP @TCC, in partnership with Maria Popo. MediaAMP @TCC is a media and entertainment co-working center focused on community-driven development of people, businesses and ideas. With the launch of this unique space, my goal is to create a vibrant and bustling community of entrepreneurs at The Cable Center, while growing a new revenue stream.
2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting year and we invite you to come along on our journey.
Jana L. Henthorn
The Cable Center announces that Frank M. Drendel, chair of the board and founder of CommScope, Inc., has been named the 2017 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award recipient. The award honors the late William J. Bresnan, founder and chairman of Bresnan Communications and longtime chairman of the board of The Cable Center. Drendel will be presented the industry accolade at the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, April 26 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
“It is a true honor to be named this year’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award recipient,” said Drendel. “Bill served as the best example of what ethics in business should be, and it is with great appreciation that I am being recognized with this award in his honor.” “Frank has spent his entire career as a visionary leader and mentor in the cable television industry,” said Nick Davatzes, chief executive officer emeritus, A+E Networks, and chairman of the Bresnan Award selection committee. “He exemplifies ethics in business, and we are thrilled to present him this year’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.”
Drendel served as CommScope’s chief executive officer from his founding of the company in 1976 until its acquisition by The Carlyle Group in January 2011. He has served as chairman since 2011. Drendel has also received numerous prestigious honors for his contributions to the industry, including induction into the Cable Hall of Fame; an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development; and various NCTA awards.
“Frank served as an invaluable member of our board and served as vice chairman for seven years. We are so pleased to honor him as this year’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award honoree,” said Jana L. Henthorn, president and CEO. “His dedication and steady guidance over the years have been instrumental to The Cable Center and to our entire industry.”
The Bresnan Ethics in Business award was created to honor outstanding men and women in the cable industry who best exemplify Bill Bresnan’s longstanding commitment to ethics in business. Awardees represent the ideals upheld by Bill Bresnan, including continually demonstrating ethical leadership qualities, doing what’s right in the face of adversity, even when it is unpopular, incorporating doing what’s right in everyday life, and demonstrating societal, community and philanthropic engagement.
Introducing MediaAMP @TCC
Co-work. Co-learn. Co-innovate. Co-create. These words illustrate how MediaAMP @TCC, a partnership between The Cable Center and AMP10x, is much more than just co-working space. It’s a co-working experience for innovators and entrepreneurs in the media and entertainment industry. “Our mission is to deliver a unique and curated collaborative experience – one that inspires, educates and supports both established and new media ventures,” explains Maria Popo, AMP10x CEO and founder.
MediaAMP @TCC has packages to accommodate a variety of needs, from open space rental, to dedicated desk or private office, to a corporate membership. Along with work space, the monthly rental includes meeting room credits, educational credits, plus the use of amenities at The Cable Center. The educational aspect sets MediaAMP @TCC apart from its competition. Members can choose from three incubator packages which provide courses such as career/life coaching, behavior and aptitude testing, networking events, lunch & learns and more.
MediaAMP @TCC invests in the success of its innovators and entrepreneurs. This is achieved in four ways: 1. An open, collaborative environment where people care about member success; 2. Classes that teach the business, artistic and tech skills needed to become an entrepreneur or intrapreneur; 3. Use of an innovation platform where ideas can be generated and tested; and 4. On-site video, audio and virtual reality studios to jump-start members’ marketing and promotion.
Regular business hours are M-F, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. with special events in the evenings and on the weekends. To learn more about available packages, visit the MediaAMP @TCC website and take a virtual tour through the space.
Stories from the Headend Podcast Series Launch
On March 6 The Cable Center launched its new podcast series"Stories from the Headend." This series curates thousands of hours video footage industry innovators from The Center's archives into thematic segments. Topics include technology, women in cable and innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Podcasts are growing in popularity, so this series is a natural evolution of our oral history program,” explains Jana L. Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center. "Stories from the Headend" will feature two new episodes each week released Mondays and Thursdays, 5 P.M. ET the first covering a main topic, followed by a deeper dive into the theme during the second related podcast. The first season will consist of 12 new episodes published over six weeks.
The initial episode featured Evan Shapiro, executive VP of Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal, with TV 101, explaining the evolution of the television industry. Future episodes will include media titans and innovators such as John Malone, Jullian Brodsky, Ted Turner, Brian Lamb, Sheila Nevins and Leslie Ellis. Anyone who’s interested in the history of the cable industry and the colorful characters that created it, will enjoy this informative and entertaining podcast series. You can subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, through most available RSS feeds or at cablecenter.org. The official hashtag for the series is #headendpodcast.
Artifacts Like You’ve Never Seen BeforeThe Cable Center is proud to announce our Virtual Reality Archives Exhibit. The Center started experimenting with virtual reality in late 2013 with the goal of capturing objects to share in exhibits and videos. Four years later, we have elevated our work to a whole new level. Website visitors can now download the project, “step into” The Cable Center's building and manipulate cable related artifacts in our virtual archives. You can experience watching our Oral History videos in the virtual John Malone Theater on the big screen. Or be enveloped in a video in our 360 video theater. A downloadable version is available now for those with an HTC Vive headset, as well as a basic version in 2D for Windows desktop. The Oculus Rift version is coming soon.
Action! Cut! That’s a Wrap!
Be the star of your story! Whether a small business, nonprofit or local artist, organizations can create multimedia marketing without breaking the budget. The 1,000 square-foot video studio has everything needed to produce a professional video including: green screen capabilities, flexible lighting grids, high-definition cameras, multitrack audio and teleprompter services plus editing and post-production. The newly redesigned audio studio boasts an Allen & Heath Console, 48-channel multitrack audio recording, Pro-Tools 12 Digital Audio Workstation software, in-ear monitoring and in-room PA for playback, rehearsals and more. Post production services such as intros and outros and the addition of audio tracks are available to create professional podcasts and interviews.
Bird’s Eye Inside with Google Street View
As part of The Center’s ongoing efforts to increase global access to the Denver-based facility, we have launched Google Street View Interior. Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Now, Google has taken it one step further – or rather one step inside. The Cable Center is utilizing a new feature, which creates a 360 degree scan of the building’s interior, and allows viewers to enter the building and ‘walk around.’ From both the cablecenter.org or cablecenterevents.org websites, you can navigate through The Cable Center’s lower level, first and second floors. On the lower level, take a look at more than 2,000 pieces of equipment tracing the technological advances of the cable industry. On the first floor, experience the Great Hall in 360, then jump to the second floor to experience the video and audio Tech Studios and the new MediaAMP @TCC co-working space.