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The Cable Center To Hold Academic Seminar at NCTA

Seminar to unite scholars and leaders in the cable industry (March 29, 2005)

The Cable Center will again be uniting scholars and top cable industry executives during the 14th Annual Cable Center Academic Seminar at NCTA.

Held April 2-3 at San Franciscos Moscone Center, in conjunction with the NCTA National Show, The Academic Seminar is designed to encourage discussion and analysis of the state of the cable telecommunications industry and new strategies for the future.

This years seminar will provide an especially rich and varied learning experience, with sessions on legislative and regulatory updates, issues facing interactive television applications, audience measurement and the future of Voice over IP. The seminar will also hold a roundtable discussion on cable telecommunication distance learning strategies.

The seminar will also feature an industry keynote speech by Robert Clasen, president and chief executive officer of Starz Encore Group, who will discuss the challenges facing the cable programming industry. Other panelists and speakers include Tom Feige, president, national division, Time Warner Cable; Steve Scully, senior executive producer, C-SPAN and Hostetter Chair at The Center; Jim Chiddix, executive chairman and chief executive officer of OpenTV and Center Board member; and Scott Brown, senior vice president of strategic relations, Nielson Media Research.

One of the highlights of the Academic Seminar will be The Cable Center Awards Dinner, held the first night of the seminar at San Franciscos W Hotel. The Awards Dinner celebrates the best of scholarly research and book publications relating to the cable industry in the past year.

Byeng-Hee Chang of the University of Florida will be awarded the 2005 Austin W. Shanfelter Dissertation Research Grant for his work, Factors Affecting Evaluation of Cable Network Brand Extension. The grant award was made possible by the generosity of Austin J. Shanfelter and named in his fathers honor. ?One of my fathers passions was education, and I think he would be honored to know that the grant in his name encourages and supports the development of scholarly research for cable telecommunications, said Shanfleter.

The John and Joan Goddard Cable Center Book Award will be presented to Daniel Kimmel for his book The Fourth Network: How FOX Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television. The book award was made possible by the generosity of the Goddard Foundation.

For more information on The Cable Center Academic Seminar at NCTA, or The Cable Center Awards Dinner, please visit The Centers Web site at

About The Cable Center
The mission of The Cable Center is to serve with unwavering intellectual integrity the cable telecommunications industry, the academic community and the general public through a variety of programs that conserve and display the entrepreneurial history of cable telecommunications and its legacy of contributions to society; provide education, training and research covering all aspects of cable telecommunications; and increase understanding and appreciation of the business, technology and programming of cable telecommunications. The Center, which opened its Denver headquarters in 2002, is comprised of five core components: The Magness Institute, The Programming Institute, The Barco Library, The Web site and The Demonstration Academy and Technology Museum.

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