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2017 cable hall of fame

A New Class of Hall of Famers

2017 Cable Hall of Fame Honorees1 no names1 2017 Cable Hall of Fame Honorees2 no names2The Cable Center is proud to announce the members of its Cable Hall of Fame class of 2017. The six newly elected trailblazers will be inducted during the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, held April 26 at the Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.

The new honorees are:

The honorees were chosen based on their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in media. For the first time, The Cable Center will induct a television series into the Cable Hall of Fame. “The Sopranos” and its creator, Emmy winner David Chase, will be acknowledged for the impact the program had by catapulting HBO and the entire cable community into groundbreaking scripted storytelling.

“This year’s Cable Hall of Fame honorees are truly the best of the best,” said Michael Willner, president and CEO of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s board of directors. “They are leaders of some of the most influential companies in the world, and have shaped the industry’s operations, programming and our society. We are thrilled to induct our first series into the Cable Hall of Fame as well. “The Sopranos” was the seminal series that proved television was more than the broadcasting networks alone, and we are excited to pay tribute to the impact it had on the growth and success of our industry.”

“It is an honor to welcome these individuals into the Cable Hall of Fame, and to recognize our first television program,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center. “The passion, drive and thought leadership displayed by all of the honorees has steered our industry into the international powerhouse it is today, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Cable Hall of Fame celebration."

The 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame will be held April 26, 2017. Since 1998, 121 men and women have been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. For more information on the celebration, visit

odi logo nyc homeOne Day Immersion Attracts More Than 400 Attendees

Building upon the momentum of the past 10 years of producing and sponsoring collegiate lectures and forums, The Cable Center was once again a proud sponsor of the One Day Immersion (ODI) in TV, Cable and Digital Entertainment held Oct. 21, 2016 at the Schimmel Center at Pace University.

ODI connects a highly motivated audience searching for knowledge and opportunity, with unprecedented access to top digital television executives. Through that connection, ODI provides executives exposure to the next generation of industry leaders as they develop strategic relationships. The program included multiple panels, career workshops, keynote speaker and networking opportunities. 

“This was my second year attending ODI, and like last year, I found the atmosphere so energizing,” said Karen Chipley, chief financial officer, The Cable Center. “It was really great to see industry execs give real-life advice to students and for them to hear about opportunities in the industry.” With a full day of media execs talking about the industry – from cable to broadcast; content creation and production to program launch – students got it straight from people who are doing it now. Next year’s ODI will be held Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Pace University.

Jana Cablefax 2016 Award

Powerful Woman at the Helm

For the second year in a row, Jana Henthorn, Cable Center president and CEO, was named as one of Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women in Cable. She was honored Nov. 17 at a luncheon at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. 2016 was a notable year for Henthorn, who was promoted to lead The Cable Center and is working to reposition it to better reflect the changing industry, while still acting as steward of cable’s history and legacy. Congratulations, Jana, for this well-deserved honor.

Holiday Card 2016

Happy New Year!

The Cable Center had a special holiday greeting for everyone once again this year. The Center has worked with virtual and augmented reality technology for the past two years. The Center began creating virtual reality experiences at the beginning of 2016, which will allow website visitors to download, view and manipulate objects in the Barco Library technology archives. This is a video of our Holiday Card that you can see live here.

The code used to animate the card in the video was made with WebGL exported from Unity 3D. The programming languages and Unity are now being used for 3D, and virtual reality. The card was designed and programmed by our VR intern Kevin Keables and the audio was composed by audio visual manager Luke Woodruff. We are looking forward to 2017 and launching additional virtual reality experiences.


Lights. Camera. Action.

TCC Tech Studios IllustratorWe live in a multimedia world where an increasingly large number of businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions realize that to effectively reach their constituencies, they need to communicate through a variety of media. This means integrating videos and audio podcasts into the marketing mix. But few organizations have production technology at their disposal and fewer still have the budget to hire expensive full-service agencies. That’s about to change.

Beginning in January 2017, The Cable Center, as part of a focus on innovation, will be offering the use of their state-of-the-art video and audio studios to the public at accessible rates. “As a nonprofit ourselves, The Cable Center views it as part of our mission to provide these services at affordable prices so that other nonprofits, startups or educational institutions can utilize technologies that larger businesses use,” explained Luke Woodruff, audio visual and facility manager at The Cable Center. “If you want to create an overview video for your website, introduce a new product or service, or broadcast a weekly podcast, we can help you make that happen.”

The 1000 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 Presonus StudioLive Series III Console, 48-channel multitrack audio recording, Pro-Tools 12 Digital Audio Workstation software, in-ear monitoring and in-room PA for playback and 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.
For rates and reservations, contact the audio visual department.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Shine!


Induction into the Cable Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s highest and most exclusive honors. The Cable Hall of Fame celebration attracts a global audience of high-level executives from all segments of the industry. Put your company in front of this elite group with one of our event sponsorships. The Cable Hall of Fame is a valuable investment for sponsors. Here are just a few reasons organizations support the event:

  • Demonstrated support of the industry and its people
  • Exposure of your brand to programmers, suppliers, MSOs
  • Unprecedented access to high-level decision makers
  • A special occasion to entertain guests and clients at the VIP reception before the main event
  • Wide variety of visibility options and inclusion into Cable Hall of Fame advertising so you have investment flexibility
  • Entertaining, connections, exposure for your organization, and a chance to pay tribute to the honorees!

For more information, contact the Development Office, at 720-502-7513.

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