Powell to speak at Cable Center’s ACT Forum
NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell has signed on to speak at The Cable Center’s second-annual Academic and Cable Telecommunications (ACT) Forum.
The ACT Forum will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center May 20-21, prior to The Cable Show 2012.
Powell, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will engage in a dialogue with Michael Wirth, professor and Dean of the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, on May 20. The event will also feature conversations with Michael Collette, founder and general manager of MediaTech Strategies; Ralph Brown, chief technology officer at CableLabs; David Jacobs, chief technology officer at Amdocs; and Laura Martin, investment analyst at Needham & Co. And the event will have panel discussions regarding research insights and practices and cable programming business strategies in a multi-screen environment.
The current list of speakers and panelists includes:
- Bob Walker, executive vice president and general manager of networks and content at The Weather Channel
- Kenetta Bailey, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at TV One
- Daniel Brenner, partner at Hogan Lovells
- Liz Davidoff, director of Americas home marketing at Motorola Mobility
- Bruce Leichtman, founder and principal at Leichtman Research Group
- Fernando LaGuarda, vice president of external affairs and policy counselor at Time Warner Cable
- Howard Horowitz, president of Horowitz Associates
- Scott Wallsten, vice president for research and senior fellow at Technology Policy Institute
- Suzanne Sell, vice president of research at Starz Entertainment.
The ACT Forum also gives academics a platform to share original research, conceptual papers and case studies related to cable and telecommunications by way of a poster session. Attendance for this day-and-a-half, closed-door conference is open to qualified academics and doctoral candidates.
The 2012 ACT Forum is chaired for The Cable Center by cable industry analyst and CED contributor Stewart Schley. More information  and registration info  can be found online.