The Cable Center has announced the members of its Cable Hall of Fame class of 2017. The six newly elected trailblazers will be inducted during the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, held on April 26th in Washington D.C.
The new honourees are:
· Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal
· Jill Campbell, EVP and COO, Cox Communications
· Michael T. Fries, CEO, Liberty Global
· Ken Lowe, Chairman, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive
· “The Sopranos,” television drama series; David Chase, creator; HBO
· David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications
The honourees were chosen based on their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in media. For the first time, The Cable Center will induct a television series into the Cable Hall of Fame. “The Sopranos” and its creator, Emmy winner David Chase, will be acknowledged for the impact the programme had by catapulting HBO and the entire cable community into groundbreaking scripted storytelling.
“This year’s Cable Hall of Fame honourees are truly the best of the best,” said Michael Willner, president and CEO of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors. “They are leaders of some of the most influential companies in the world, and have shaped the industry’s operations, programming and our society. We are thrilled to induct our first series into the Cable Hall of Fame as well. “The Sopranos” was the seminal series that proved television was more than the broadcasting networks alone, and we are excited to pay tribute to the impact it had on the growth and success of our industry.”
“It is an honour to welcome these individuals into the Cable Hall of Fame, and to recognize our first television programme,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center. “The passion, drive and thought leadership displayed by all of the honorees has steered our industry into the international powerhouse it is today, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Cable Hall of Fame celebration.”
The 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame will be held on April 26th 2017. Since 1998, 121 men and women have been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.