The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has announced the names of 11 people who will be formally recognized as winners of the prestigious Vanguard Award at a special event during the upcoming National Show.
Decker Anstrom, president & COO of Landmark Communications Inc.; and Abbe Raven, president of A&E Networks-USA, will top all honors as recipients of the "Distinguished Leadership" Vanguard.
The "Young Leadership" Vanguard will go to Steve Miron, president of Advanced/Newhouse Communications.
The "Programmers" Vanguard will be presented to two individuals: George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports, and co-chairman, Disney Media Networks; and Johnathan Rodgers, president & CEO of TV One.
Leslie Ellis, an analyst, columnist and author, and regular contributor to CED and Multichannel News, who also serves as CTAM's technology advisor, will receive the "Associates & Affiliates" Vanguard.
The "Science & Technology" Vanguard will go to Wilt Hildenbrand, the EVP of engineering & technology at Cablevision Systems Corp.
Receiving the Vanguard in the "Cable Operations Management" category will be Steve Rizley, vice president & regional manager-Arizona for Cox Communications Inc.; and Barry Rosenblum, EVP, Time Warner Cable.
David Cohen, Comcast Corp.'s executive vice president, will receive the "Government & Community Relations" Vanguard.
Lori McFarling, SVP, distribution & marketing strategy, affiliate sales & marketing, at Discovery Networks U.S., will be awarded the "Marketing" Vanguard.
The Vanguards have been presented annually since 1965 "to individuals who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire cable industry."
NCTA will make the formal presentations in San Francisco on April 4 at an evening awards ceremony and reception.