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2017 Cable Hall of Fame Recap

2017 honoreesThe 2017 Cable Hall of Fame was a tremendous success. This year was the 20th celebration of the exceptional people who have made cable an international phenomenon, and a stunning example of American innovation and grit. There was an electric feeling in the air during the evening as the industry as gathered in Washington D.C. on April 26 to recognize five of the industry’s most accomplished and impactful people. It was also thrilling to induct, for the very first time, a television series, which had unprecedented impact on the television world, catapulting cable networks into the forefront of scripted storytelling.

The celebration was full of memorable moments including recognizing Sid Topol, one of our oldest Cable Hall of Fame honorees, inducted in 2001. As chairman of Scientific Atlanta, he oversaw the creation of the cable-satellite connection. That innovation led cable into a new phase of spectacular growth.

During the celebration, Frank Drendel, the Bresnan Ethics in Business recipient received a standing ovation for his dedication to the truth; emcee Andrea Mitchell spoke about the legacy of cable journalism and the increased importance to help keep the world accurately informed; and many members of “The Sopranos” cast were on hand to help David Chase accept the Hall of Fame award on behalf of the series.

Congratulations once again to our 2017 inductees: Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal; Jill Campbell, EVP and COO, Cox Communications; Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global; Ken Lowe, Chairman, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive; “The Sopranos,” television drama series, David Ch ase, creator, HBO; David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. Thank you to all our sponsors, table hosts and attendees for making this year so incredible! Special shout-out to Vision Graphics/ Eagle:XM for our stunning program and collateral.  

The full celebration video, as well as pictures from the evening, are available in our media gallery.

Look for an announcement in the coming months with the date and location of the 2018 celebration. Honorees will be named in the fall.


New Dimensions of Customer Experience

C5 meeting group 2017 rendering croppedThe spring 2017 C5 meeting, held at Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia on May 3-4, was centered on the theme, New Dimensions of Customer Experience.

The busy and productive two-day session covered strategic issues with customer experience such as the co-creating experience, organizational culture, internal CE, and innovation. Among the highlights was the popular “Egg-timer” session where MSO members shared challenges and successes of their customer experience initiatives. For the first time, C5 got an intimate view into the global market for our products and services through the first-ever international panel of experts. This panel was comprised of our three international MSO members from Brazil and China.

Our guest vendor, Continuum Innovation, gave an informative presentation on how Design Thinking can change the way we solve product, service, and process challenges, and, on that same subject, results were presented on The Cable Center’s first Design Thinking project conducted by Drs. Patti and van Dessel in the new TCC Active Learning Lab. This meeting also provided updates on two additional new projects: the role of self-service and digital channel metrics.

"We are so pleased to see the ongoing development of C5”, said Dr. Charles Patti, Senior Fellow and Cox Chair. “This meeting brought together the largest number ever of international members and invited guests, with participants from Brazil, Argentina, China, Europe, and Canada.”

SeriesFest: Season 3—The Award-Winning Festival Returns June 27–July 2!

series fest 2017

Named one of the top festivals in Colorado and securing a spot on Denver’s Summer Must-Do lists, the highly anticipated television festival returns with a bigger lineup than ever before! SeriesFest is an international celebration dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest in episodic storytelling. Experience everything from exciting independent pilots and network premieres to boundary pushing VR.

The six-day festival kicks off with a once-in-a-lifetime event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre: a ‘90s Throwback Concert featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common and En Vogue, plus a CNN World Premiere Screening of The Nineties.

SeriesFest continues with premieres of today’s best new pilots, sneak previews from TV’s biggest networks, panels and talks with leading television talent, can’t-miss parties, and much more. Created as a place for discovery as well as a way to celebrate the exhilarating and rapidly expanding world of storytelling, SeriesFest gives audiences a first look at the series and names we should all be watching.

The Cable Center is a proud sponsor of the Denver-based annual festival and is thrilled to co-present the Closing Night party on July 1.

SeriesFest takes place from June  27–July 2, 2017 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (June 27) and the Sie FilmCenter (through July 2). Tickets and passes are on sale now at!


A few photos of the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame, April 26 in Washington D.C. View more in our media gallery.

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Creating a Community of Innovators

innovations in mediaThe Cable Center is a vibrant hub of innovation. Whether it is evolutionary or disruptive new technologies, cable is ready to lead the world into the next decade and The Cable Center is supporting those efforts! In the last few months, The Center has built advanced media production facilities and innovative shared workspaces for today’s high-tech entrepreneurs who are shaping tomorrow’s explosive success stories.

Celebrating the legacy of our industry’s pioneers is a big part of what we do at The Cable Center. “Legacy” is much more than what’s passed down from one generation to the next. Inherent in legacy is the path forward. The innovations of people like Sid Topol, one of the oldest living Cable Hall of Famers, paved the way for amazing changes in programming and business, which made way for greater progress. Cable’s legacy of innovation keeps attracting brilliant new entrepreneurial minds -- the seeds of our future.

That’s why we’re piloting a new initiative to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship on which the cable industry was built. We’re calling it the Community of Innovators. At The Cable Hall of Fame, we were very happy to announce that Josh Sapan, a programming and cinematic ground-breaker, is the Community’s first Innovation Laureate. Josh was a big part of our original Cable Mavericks lecture series. Now he’ll help connect our world with startup businesses, universities, and thought leaders through the Community of Innovators.

As we continue to chronicle the history of cable, you’re going to see The Cable Center looking ahead more than ever. This emphasis includes working with innovative young people who need to know more about the industry. This fall, we will launch the pilot Community of Innovators program which includes: participation in Denver Startup Week (Sept 25-29), recruitment of Innovation Laureates, training first class of Innnovation Corps, and a restart of the Mavericks Lecture series. 

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