CCTA Wavelengths News & Notes (January 2013)


Thanks to All Who Attended the CCTA's 2013 Annual Meeting in Bermuda!

Who can forget Alan Smith dancing with the Gombeys at the Welcome Cocktail Party, or the incredible tour of Bermuda hosted by the Department of Tourism, or Mike Carrosquilla and Patrick Harrell belting out some great songs at the Farewell Cocktail Party?

From beginning to end, the CCTA's 2013 Annual Meeting was filled with unforgettable moments and great business opportunities.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Southampton. This was the first Annual Meeting on lovely Bermuda, and 301 industry people were on hand to sample the island's world-famous hospitality and participate in three days of networking and educational activities. The attendees represented 160 companies, firms, and organizations from 22 distinct countries and territories.

2013 Annual Meeting Highlights

Exploring the theme of "Caribbean Meets the Future of Cable TV", the Annual Meeting boasted excellent speakers and of-the-moment topics. Keynote Speaker Joe Jensen of Block Communications and Buckeye Cablevision offered one perspective on the evolving platforms of cable operators.

Moderated by Adriana Waterston of Horowitz Associates, a panel of experts representing both cable operators and programmers discussed "Retaining Customers in a Competitive, Multi-platform Media Environment".

Other sessions explored "Best Practices for Consumer Research in a Competitive Business Environment", "David vs. Goliath Marketing", "Improve Service Quality and Extend Service Offerings with PSIP and SI Metadata", and "Digital Terrestrial Television: Friend or Foe". The CCTA is very grateful to all speakers for sharing their expertise and viewpoints with Annual Meeting participants.

The Exhibit Hall included displays from 87 different companies. The room was buzzing with conversations, as new and returning attendees visited the vendors. The final event of the Annual Meeting was the Auction of items donated by participants, with all proceeds earmarked for the 2013 Community Charities Program. Auctioneer Patrick Harrell of New Frontier Media kept the bidding lively, and at the end of the evening over $13,000 had been raised from raffle ticket sales, auction purchases, and karaoke performances. We thank the generous companies and individuals who donated goods for the Raffle and Auction, and all those who bought tickets and items.

Special thanks to our sponsors ...

We cannot forget our sponsoring companies, who helped make the 2013 Annual Meeting such a success. Without a doubt, our Platinum Sponsor was Bermuda CableVision, the company that hosted the Annual Meeting and helped plan many of the events. Gold Sponsors were BBC Americas and BBC World News; A + E Networks; and Caribbean Cable Cooperative Ltd. Silver Sponsors were HBO; Scripps Networks Interactive; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; TVC Communications; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC; NBC Universal; and Fox Networks. Bronze sponsors were CommScope; Gone Viral TV; Crown Media Family Networks; MAXXIAN; Incospec Communications; New Frontier Media; TV One; Outdoor Channel; The Weather Channel; and Toner Cable Equipment, Inc.

... and to our Board of Directors and on-site personnel

The Annual Meeting would not have taken place without the hard work and dedication of the CCTA's 2012 Board of Directors, as well as our "loaned" on-site personnel: Zaira Rivera, Joanie Rivera, and Tita Sambolin of Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; Tracey Howes, Marina Inserra, and Silvia Steede of Bermuda CableVision; and Angie Rivero of SETAR.

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Congratulations to the newly-elected members of the 2013 Board of Directors:

Chair Beulah Jonis; Vice Chair and Chair-Elect David Burrows; Past Chair Mike Carrosquilla; Directors Bill Ewing, Naji Khoury, Raul Ponson and Terry Roberson; and Associate Directors Patrick Harrell and John T. Kurpinski, Sr. The board will soon start planning this year's activities as well as next year's Annual Meeting.


Annual Meeting List of Attendees

Representatives of CCTA Member companies can request a full list of Annual Meeting attendees, including addresses and phone numbers, by sending an e-mail to Executive Director Andrea L. Martin.


Save the Date for the 13th Annual Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum

Representatives of CCTA Member companies can attend the 13th Annual Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum on March 14, in New York City for the very special price of $199, thanks to speaker and moderator Adriana Waterston of Horowitz Associates. Click here to register for this one-day seminar, and enter code CCTA2013 to get the special rate.


Download selected presentations from the 2013 Annual Meeting

We are pleased to be able to provide some of the presentations given at the Annual Meeting on the CCTA website or through a link. You can find Serge Francois' "Digital Terrestrial Television: Friend or Foe" under the 2013 Annual Meeting on the CCTA website's Downloads & Forms page. For Adriana Waterston's presentation on "Best Practices for Consumer Research in a Competitive Business Environment", click here to download the presentation as a PDF.


Mark your Calendars now for the 2014 Annual Meeting!

Next year's meeting will take place at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino from January 27 to 29. We look forward to seeing you there!

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