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John M. Egan

Chairman, Evolution Digital, 2013 Cable Hall of Fame


John M. Egan is Chairman of Evolution Digital, LLC, the fastest growing provider of digital solutions for bandwidth reclamation and advanced set-top boxes. Evolution Digital, LLC was formed to provide cost-effective solutions for small-to-medium size cable operators to stem the loss of subscribers to DBS and Telco competition. Egan has been instrumental in strategizing with cable operators using Evolution Digital's DTAs. Operators can reclaim analog bandwidth and use that additional bandwidth to enhance their HD and high-speed data offerings. Once momentum is regained, Evolution Digital provides products to win back lost market share and prepare the market for next generation, "over-the-top" content with ever increasing ARPU as TV and high speed data merge.

Egan, a 35 year cable veteran and Cable Pioneer, retired as Founder, Chairman and CEO in 2002 of ARRIS, a global communications technology company specializing in the design and engineering of broadband local access networks and a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of optical transmission, cable technology and internet access, outside plant construction and maintenance equipment for cable system operators.

Originally a division of Anixter, the company was separated in 1991 and Egan took the new company ANTEC Corporation, public in a highly successful offering in 1993. (NASDQ – ARRS)

Under Egan's leadership, ANTEC pioneered development of optical products for the cable television industry in 1988 with the introduction of its Laser Link line of optical transmitters and receivers, which were co-developed with technology over Hybrid Fiber Coaxial systems. Egan entered into a Joint Venture (Arris Interactive) with Nortel networks. In 2001, ANTEC purchases Arris Interactive, and changes its name to ARRIS. With the acquisition of Cadant in 2001, ARRIS became the only company able to provide CableLabs® DOCSIS™ 1.1 qualified CMTS and certified high-speed data and IP Telephony solutions.

In addition to his role as Chairman of ARRIS, Egan served on the Board of the National Cable Telecommunications Association for over 10 years, Walter Kaitz Foundation and is activity involved in many other industry organizations.

During his retirement, Egan served on the advisory board of KB Partners, a Chicago-based Venture Capital firm. He is also a former board member of Alaska Communication Systems, a NASDAQ traded company, the largest telephone company in the state of Alaska. In December 2003 he was named a trustee of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, where his proficiency in the communications industry will be a valuable resource for the Foundation and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Egan splits his time between Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Clearwater Beach, Florida, where he is an avid skier and golfer.

Prior to joining Anixter in 1973 as Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Egan was a Marketing Executive with Anaconda Electronics, developer of the first micro circuit amplifier in the cable industry. He started his career as a salesman for RCA Computer Systems Division in New York City. In 1980, he was appointed President of Anixter Communications, and by 1988, Anixter revenues exceeded $1 billion serving the local area network, telephone and cable TV markets.

Egan is a graduate of Boston College with a BS degree in Economics. John and his wife, Lynn, have two children, John Jr. and Chris and 6 grandchildren.

Prior to his business career, Egan played professional football with the Miami Dolphins.


James P. Mooney III

Principal and Managing Partner, JLM Partners (deceased), 2013 Cable Hall of Fame


Jim Mooney served as managing partner of JLM Partners, a strategic communications firm in the cable, wireless, CE, and digital media sectors. He served as President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association from 1984 to 1993.

When he joined the NCTA, the cable industry regarded itself as a developing national telecommunications medium, which should be not be unduly hampered by local regulation. Despite stiff opposition by broadcasters, telephone companies, unions, and others, Mooney was the industry's principal strategist which led to the successful enactment by Congress of the Cable Deregulation Act in October of 1984. He was the recipient of the first Cable Pioneers Award for Leadership, and he was a member of CableLabs' founding board and represented the U.S. cable industry during the period of its greatest expansion.

Prior to joining NCTA, Mooney served for four years as Chief of Staff to the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was responsible for organizing support among Members of the House for positions favored by the House majority leadership. He was a key player in many of the Carter Administration's legislative battles in the House, including the Chrysler bailout and the Panama Canal treaty.

Mooney earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and a law degree (J.D.) from New York University. Jim Mooney passed away on December 21, 2012 and is survived by his wife Louise Mooney and their son, James P. Mooney IV. 




Timothy P. Neher

Partner, Pilot House Associates, LLC, 2013 Cable Hall of Fame


Regional Manager, Continental Cablevision of Michigan, Inc., 1974-1977; Vice President and General Manager, Continental Cablevision of Michigan, Inc., 1977-1980; Vice President and Treasurer, Continental Cablevision, Inc. 1980-1982; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1982-1985; President and Chief Operating Officer, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1985-1993; Vice Chairman , Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1993-1996; Turner Broadcasting Board of Directors 1986-1996; The Golf Channel Board of Directors 1994-2004; Married Molly (1970), Two Children Amy (40) and Tory (38); Five Grandchildren


Richard Parsons

Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners, LLC, 2013 Cable Hall of Fame


Richard Parsons is a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specializing in media, communications and information companies. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Citigroup, Inc. Prior to serving in those roles, he was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Time Warner, Inc., the world's largest media and entertainment company, from 2002 to 2008. In its January 2005 edition on America's Best CEOs, Institutional Investor magazine named Mr. Parsons the top CEO in the entertainment industry.

Before joining Time Warner, in 1995, Mr. Parsons was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States. Previously, he was the managing partner of the New Y o.rk law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler. Prior to that, he held various positions in state and federal government, as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford. Mr. Parsons received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii and his legal training at Union University's Albany Law School.

In 2008, Mr. Parsons served as a member of then President-Elect Barack Obama's Economic Transition Team. More recently, he serves as a member of President Obama's President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. At present he is the Chairman of Governor Andrew Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission. His other civic and non-profit commitments include Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for New York City; Chairman of the Apollo Theater Foundation and of the Jazz Foundation of America. He also serves on the boards of the Museum of Modem Art, the American Museum ofNatural History and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mr. Parsons is also a member of the boards of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Lazard Freres and Company, and Madison Square Garden, Inc.


Josh Sapan

President and CEO, AMC Networks, Inc. , 2013 Cable Hall of Fame

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One of entertainment's premier innovators and a pioneer in the cable industry, Josh Sapan leads AMC Networks Inc., which owns and operates popular and award-winning brands: AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Under his leadership for the past twenty-five years, AMC Networks is the fastest growing programming group in the country, and was the only programming group selected by Fast Company as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Film & TV in 2010.

Among Sapan's many achievements was the evolution of AMC from a classic movie channel into one of today's leading entertainment destinations. With quality originals like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and favorite films from every genre and decade, AMC is known as home to the best stories on television. In 2011, the network made television history when it won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years.

Sapan broke new ground with the creation of IFC and WE tv. Launched in 1994 under Sapan's leadership, IFC is now a network targeted to the young male demographic, and has become known for scripted alternative comedies like Portlandia, and the Primetime Emmy® Award nominated docu-series, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut).

Sapan also directed the 1997 launch of WE tv, a rapidly growing women's network, with original programming that offers an unfiltered view of modern family life during relatable moments with unscripted series' like Bridezillas, Braxton Family Values and Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?.

In 1997, Sapan spearheaded the creation of IFC Films, designed to bring the best specialty films to the largest possible audience. This division operates three leading U.S. film distribution labels; IFC Films: a distributor of talent-driven, independent film; IFC Midnight: a distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science-fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more, and Sundance Selects: a distributor of prestige films that focuses on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. All three labels utilize a unique distribution model that makes independent genre films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable's VOD platform. Notable IFC Films releases include: the Golden Globe®-winner Carlos, Oscar®-nominated films Pina, In the Loop, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Y Tu Mamá También and Transamerica, as well as the Cannes award-winning biopic Che, starring Benicio Del Toro. The division also operates the IFC Center, a state-of-the-art cinema that shows art-house films in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.

Sapan also spearheaded the development of the Bravo network. Launched in 1980, the network made arts and culture an essential part of the television landscape. Sapan's oversight of Bravo's growth included the creation of such notable programs as Inside the Actors Studio and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which resulted in its sale to NBC in 2002.

Sapan, who was recognized by Fast Company in 2010 as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business", serves on the board of The Cable Center, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Educational Foundation, the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Foundation, the Museum of the Moving Image and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Foundation. Sapan was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's (NCTA) Vanguard Award for Programmers and Vanguard Award for Marketing, CTAM's Grand TAM Award and Chairman's Award, the Association of Cable Communicators' (ACC) President's Award, a PROMAX Brand Builder Award, the T. Howard Foundation's Executive Leadership Award, the Joel A. Berger Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the Media Financial Management Association's Avatar Award.

In addition, Sapan serves on the board of People for the American Way, WNYC Radio and The New School University. Sapan is the author of Cable TV, published by Random House, and is a published poet with his works appearing in more than twenty literary magazines.


Amy C. Tykeson

President, CEO & Chairman, BendBroadband, 2013 Cable Hall of Fame


Through investments in technology, organizational development and branding Tykeson and her team continue to advance BendBroadband's position as the local company to root for. Well known in the industry as an early adopter, BendBroadband has a long list technical first's including the 1997 launch of high speed internet, the 2008 conversion to all-digital and the 2011 roll out of LTE 4G wireless broadband over licensed spectrum to rural areas. In 2011 the company opened the first colocation data center in the U.S. to receive the Uptime Institute's Tier III certification for design and construction. The facility is carbon neutral and LEED Gold certified. In 2009 the company rebranded itself to leverage on localism and rising customer trust. The comprehensive effort has successfully resonated with customers in the region and "We're the local dog. We better be good" campaigns have won awards.

Tykeson is the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Vanguard Award. She Chairs the Rural Systems and Small Operators' Committee as a member of the NCTA Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for CableLabs and CSPAN. Tykeson was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 2008. In addition, she is a Trustee of the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust and a board member of Economic Development for Central Oregon and Associated Oregon Industries. Amy was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Regional Solutions Committee to support job creation. She is a Vistage International member and is involved on numerous local committees and lobbying efforts. Past experience includes the Young Presidents Organization; Vice Chairman of the Catlin Gabel School Board of Trustees; University of Oregon Alumni Association Board; The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees.

Tykeson got her start in 1980 with Home Box Office, serving ultimately as VP of Area Marketing in New York. She was the 1986 President of Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT). She has earned the CTAM Mark Award, the WICT Accolades Award and the Wonder Woman Award. She was named Independent Cable Executive of the Year by Multichannel News in 2007 and CableFax Magazine in 2008. In 2010 Tykeson received the Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award at the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference.