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Vanguard Award Winners Announced!


April 18, 2013

Yesterday, winners of the 2013 Vanguard Awards – the cable industry’s most prestigious honors — were announced.   Originated in 1965, the Vanguard Awards honor the “best of the best” in the cable industry and the previous winners are literally a “who’s who” of the entrepreneurs, pioneers, innovators and creative minds that made cable what it is today.

The 2013 Vanguard winners are an exceptional class. Notably, Nancy Dubuc, President, Entertainment & Media, A+E Networks, and Patrick Esser, President, Cox Communications, are the recipients of the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for “Distinguished Leadership.”

Nancy Dubuc oversees all content creation, brand development and marketing for the entire A+E Networks’ portfolio. This includes A&E Network, Lifetime and HISTORY channels. In May 2012, Dubuc oversaw the highest-rated miniseries in cable history, the multi-Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys.

Among her many honors, The Hollywood Reporter named her to their Power 100: Top Women in Entertainment, and Variety featured her in their annual Women’s Impact Report.

Pat Esser joined Cox in 1979 as director of programming in Hampton Roads, VA, and was part of the original management team that pioneered Cox’s advertising sales division – Cox Media. Cox has earned numerous accolades during Esser’s tenure as president, many tied to his personal passion for diversity and inclusion. In 2006, Cox debuted in Diversity Inc’s listing of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity; the company has placed in the Top 50 for five consecutive years.

Esser also serves as a Southeastern Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has served on the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.

Vanguard Awards recognize leaders in a number of different cable programming, technical, and operations categories. Click here for a complete list of 2013 Vanguard Award honorees, along with a description of each award.

Congratulations to all of the award winners! We’ll see you at The Cable Show in June!