Industry Leaders to be Honored at Cable 2002
Washington, D.C.- Recipients of this year's Vanguard Awards, the cable industry's highest honors, were announced today by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). The awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 7th at an awards ceremony and evening reception during Cable 2002 - NCTA's 51st Annual Convention & International Exposition, which opens May 5, 2002 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
Inaugurated in 1965, the Vanguard Awards are presented to men and women who excel both in business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire cable industry.
The Vanguard Awards will be presented by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks, and chairman of the NCTA Vanguard Awards Committee. The timing of the Awards presentation is a change from recent years, when the Awards ceremony was the official closing event of the National Show.
"This year's honorees exemplify the depth and range of expertise across the cable industry's executive ranks," said Blank. "Our industry's continued success stems from the seminal efforts and commitment of such talented and dedicated individuals."
The two highest Vanguard honors - the Vanguard Awards for Distinguished Leadership - this year will be presented to Charles F. Dolan, Chairman, Cablevision Systems Corporation, and Christie Hefner, Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
The Vanguard Awards Committee recognized Dolan for his life-long contribution to industry innovation that dates back to his work on the creation of HBO, and continues today with the launch of compelling, interactive programming, such as Mag Rack, Rainbow Media Holdings' new video-on-demand (VOD) service.
The Committee lauded Hefner for her longstanding commitment to the First Amendment rights of cable programmers and operators, and for her strong advocacy of workplace diversity.
The other Vanguard Award categories and winners are: Young Leadership
The growth of the cable industry is in large part due to the energy, vitality and creativity of the many young people working within it. This award recognizes those individuals who have made their mark on the industry and its constituents at a relatively young age. This year's honorees are:
The cable television industry is a strong competitor in the home entertainment business because of the creative contributions of programmers. This award was created to recognize the innovation, leadership and individual achievement of NCTA's programmer members. This year's honoree is:
- Herb Scannell, President, Nickelodeon, TV Land and TNN
This award recognizes the contributions of equipment manufacturers and service suppliers to cable industry growth and progress. This year's honoree is:
- William G. McGorry, Senior Vice President, Reed Business Information Television & Telecom Group
This award was created to honor individuals who have played a dominant role in product improvement and design, and development of engineering techniques that benefit the industry. This year's honoree is:
- David M. Fellows, Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Broadband
This award recognizes the efforts of cable's system managers, who work under intensely competitive conditions in today's dynamic telecommunications environment, and are key to the cable industry's success at the local level. This year's honoree is:
- John N. Rigsby, President, Time Warner Cable - Central Florida Division
This award recognizes those who have had a major impact on promoting a positive public image and advocating public policy positions for the cable industry at the national, state and/or local government levels. This year's honoree is:
- Joseph W. Waz, Jr., Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation
This award honors an individual who has been instrumental in the development of marketing approaches that significantly enhance cable's public image at the local, state or national level, and increase subscriber levels. This year's honoree is:
- Len Fogge, Executive Vice President, Creative & Marketing, Showtime Networks Inc.
Additional, up-to-the-minute Cable 2002 information, including convention schedule and registration materials, is available via the official web site (www.cable2002.com), from the Cable 2002 Fax on Demand Hotline (732/544-2514); or, from the NCTA's Department of Industry Affairs (202/775-3669).
Biographical information on each of the award winners is attached.
2002 Vanguard Awards
Charles F. Dolan, Chairman, Cablevision Systems Corporation
Distinguished Leadership (Man)
Charles Dolan is Founder and Chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which began as a television operator serving 1,500 households in Long Island and now serves 3 million cable television customers in the New York metropolitan area. Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., reaches 200 million subscribers worldwide through national, regional and local programming networks, including American Movie Classics (AMC), Bravo, MSG Networks, News 12 Network and MetroChannels. In the early 1960s, Mr. Dolan established Teleguide Inc., which provided information services via cable to New York City hotels. He then founded Sterling Manhattan Cable, the first urban cable television company in the nation. From there, he launched Home Box Office Inc., which was later sold to Time Life, Inc. Mr. Dolan later founded Cablevision Systems.
Christie Hefner, Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Distinguished Leadership (Woman)
Christie Hefner oversees policy, management and strategy in all areas of Playboy Enterprises. She joined Playboy in 1975 and worked in a variety of the company’s businesses before being named president in 1982, and later was elected as Chairman and CEO in 1988. During her tenure, Ms. Hefner has restructured operations, eliminated unprofitable businesses and initiated the company’s electronic and international expansion. She also extended Playboy’s influence worldwide by forming alliances with international partners that now produce and distribute 18 editions of the magazine. Playboy launched its branded channel in 1982 and produces more than 200 hours of new programming each year. Combined with its Spice-branded portfolio, the company’s channels reach more than 113 million U.S. cable and DTH household units.
Edward Carroll, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Bravo, The Film and Arts Network and The Independent Film Channel
Edward Carroll is responsible for overseeing all facets of operations for Bravo, The Film and Arts Network and The Independent Film Channel (IFC). Under Mr. Carroll's supervision, Bravo has become one of cable television's most innovative networks. In September 1994, Mr. Carroll played an instrumental role in the launch of IFC, television's first network completely dedicated to independent film. He joined Rainbow Media, the parent company of Bravo Networks, in 1987, where he worked as a publicist for American Movie Classics (AMC) and Bravo. Mr. Carroll came to Bravo in 1992 when he was promoted to Director of Marketing, and held a succession of increasingly senior roles before being named to his current post of Executive Vice President & General Manager of Bravo and IFC in 1997. He has more than 13 years experience working in the cable television industry.
Ellen M. East, Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations, Cox Communications, Inc.
Ellen East joined Cox Communications, Inc., in 1993 as Manager of Public Affairs and was promoted to Director of Public Affairs in 1995. In 1998, she assumed management of Public Affairs corporate-wide and was named Vice President in 1999. Ms. East joined the Cox organization in 1987 as an Assistant City Editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) and in 1990 joined Cox Enterprises' corporate staff as Communications Manager. Prior to joining the AJC, she was a reporter and editor for several daily newspapers. Ms. East has received numerous Beacon Awards from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) and currently serves as President of CTPAA. She is a member of NCTA's Public Affairs and CablePAC committees and serves on the boards of Women In Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Additionally, Ms. East was a fellow in the 2001 class of the WICT Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.
Herb Scannell, President, Nickelodeon, TV Land and TNN
As President of Nickelodeon, TV Land (both since 1996) and TNN: The National Network (since September 2000), Herb Scannell is responsible for all creative and business operations. He has successfully led Nickelodeon’s continuing innovations in original TV programming for kids and expanded the network’s brand into feature films, including productions from their own Nicktoons Studio in Burbank, Ca.; consumer products; magazines; online; and live theatrical shows. In 1996, he leveraged the popularity of Nickelodeon’s “Nick at Nite” programming to launch TV Land, a 24-hour network dedicated to classic TV. Mr. Scannell has held numerous positions within Nickelodeon since starting with the network in March 1988 as Director of Programming. Before joining Nickelodeon, he was Director of Program Promotion for Showtime/The Movie Channel.
William G. McGorry, Senior Vice President, Reed Business Information Television & Telecom Group
Associates & Affiliates
William McGorry oversees sales and editorial content for the nine Reed Business Information Television & Telecom Group (RBI) publications, including Broadcasting & Cable, CED, Multichannel News, Multichannel News International, Television International, Television Latin America, TWICE, and Wireless Week, as well as TVinsite, the RBI Television portal for industry professionals. Mr. McGorry has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Prior to joining RBI, he was Group Publisher at Cap Cities/ABC, where he successfully integrated competing publishing personnel into a cluster with a unified publishing mission.
David M. Fellows, Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Broadband
Science & Technology
David Fellows is responsible for developing and guiding the technology strategy for AT&T Broadband. Prior to joining the company, he was a principal in Pilot House Ventures, investing in private equity offerings. Mr. Fellows also has served as interim CTO with Roadrunner, as CTO with US WEST Media Group and as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology for both MediaOne and its predecessor company, Continental Cablevision. He started his career at GTE Laboratories and later joined GTE Transmission Systems and Scientific-Atlanta.
John N. Rigsby, President, Time Warner Cable
Cable Operations Management
John Rigsby has been with Time Warner for 25 years and currently serves as President of Time Warner Cable Central Florida Division in Orlando. As one of the fastest growing Time Warner Cable units, the Central Florida Division provides cable television entertainment and information services to more than 710,000 customers in a nine-county area of Central Florida. Mr. Rigsby has been instrumental in leading the Central Florida Division during a $350 million fiber optic network rebuild to a state-of-the-art system that has enabled the launch of cutting-edge consumer services and products. In 1999 the company launched Roadrunner high-speed Internet and Time Warner Digital Cable, offering more than 300 channels, followed in 2000 by an extensive HDTV lineup and in February 2002 by VOD.
Joseph W. Waz, Jr., Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation
Government & Community Relations
Joseph Waz, Jr., since 1994, has been Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel for Comcast Corporation. Mr. Waz coordinates government affairs, public affairs and, as President of the Comcast Foundation, the charitable activities of all Comcast’s corporate divisions nationwide. He represents the company in relationships with national and state trade associations and has led a comprehensive industry-wide effort to restructure and modernize state cable associations and to promote industry recognition. Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Waz held numerous positions, from 1983-1994, with The Wexler Group (and its predecessor, Wexler, Reynolds, Fuller, Harrison and Schule, Inc.), a Washington, D.C.-based government relations and public affairs consulting firm. From 1979-1982, Mr. Waz was Deputy Director and Counsel for the Telecommunications Research and Action Center, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer organization.
Len Fogge, Executive Vice President, Creative & Marketing, Showtime Networks Inc.
Len Fogge oversees the company’s creative services department and in-house agency, Red Group, as well as its marketing divisions, including consumer and trade advertising, online and direct marketing and consumer promotions. Red Group is responsible for developing concepts and producing creative for the network’s on-air interstitial programming and all print, radio and television advertising communications. Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Mr. Fogge served as President of Franklin Spier, Inc., the leading advertising agency for publishing, working with such clients as HarperCollins, Bantam/Doubleday and Crown. He honed his skills in entertainment marketing during his 21 years at Grey Entertainment, the largest entertainment advertising agency in the U.S., where he eventually served as President.