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October 12, 2017
NAMIC would like to congratulate the incoming Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Class XVII who began the program earlier this week. These executives were nominated by their companies for being exemplary performers in corporate strategy, finance, marketing, innovation, and leadership agility.

The members of ELDP Class XVII are as follows:

Richard Aleong, Executive Director, Technology & Product, Comcast; James An, VP, Business Integration & Implementation, Spectrum Enterprise; Amit Bagga, VP, Research & Development, Comcast; Danielle Brown, Senior Director, Multimedia Sales, ESPN; Cindy Brown, SVP, Program Planning & Strategy, Scripps Networks Interactive; Robert Burton, Senior Director, Field Operations, Spectrum; Tom Chiang, Senior Director, Video Products, Spectrum; Farai Chinouyazve, Director, Executive Customer Relations, Comcast; Adwoa Dadzie, VP, Human Resources, Comcast; Jamal Dawkins, Senior Counsel, Employment Law, Spectrum; Janine Dawson, Director, Learning & Development, Professional Knowledge, Comcast University; Vijay Dondeti, Senior Director, Data Strategy & Product Research, Comcast; Bryan Esparza, Executive Director, Paramount Pictures; Sonia Gomez, Senior Director, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN; R.K. Gopinath, Executive Director, Products, Cox Communications; Amara Hahn, Senior Director, HR HQ Marketing, Comcast; Parvathy Hariharan, VP, Customer Experience Strategy, Comcast; Erick McKinney, Director, Sales Effectiveness, Comcast; Delma Herrera, VP, Field Sales - West Territory, Cox Communications; Tatiana Holifield-Arthur, Senior Director, Social Marketing Strategy, BET Networks; Michelle Hylton, Assistant General Counsel, Turner; Niti Jamdar, Director, Product Management, Comcast; Deepak Kandaswamy, Senior Director, Corporate Development & Strategy, A+E Networks; Raina Kelly, Managing Editor of, ESPN; Wincie Knight, Director, Global Inclusion Strategies, Viacom International Media Networks; Roberto Lacayo, Executive Editor, Spectrum Networks; Sabrina Lewis, Director, Business Affairs, Paramount Television; Todd Looney, Director, Project Management, Spectrum; Rakesh Menon, Director, Software Architecture, Comcast; Valerie Meraz, SVP, Content Acquisition & Strategy, Turner; Marcella Milliet Sciorra, VP, Ad Sales & Product Marketing, Spectrum Reach; Veronica Molina, Executive Director, News Standards & Practices, CNN; Ravi Varma Muppalanarasaiah, Senior Director, Engineering, Comcast; Steven Musembi, Senior Director, Engineering Operations, Comcast; Mercedes Oteiza, Director, Customer Account Executive, Comcast; Ganesh Palaniappan, VP, Technology, Customer Operations, Spectrum; Niral Parekh, Director, User Experience, Nickelodeon; Ashish Patel, Executive Director, Viper Platform Engineering, Comcast; Melissa Price, Senior Director, XH Business Operations, Comcast; S. Christina Shanks, VP, IT Strategy & Business Operations, Altice USA; Angela Turner, SVP, Affiliate & Consumer Marketing, REVOLT Media & TV; Nicole Vaughn, VP, Human Resources, Turner; Elizabeth Veiga Martinez, Senior Director, Product Management, Nickelodeon Digital; Wei Wei, Senior Director, Engineering, Freewheel; and Stephanie Yates, VP, Research & Insights, AMC Networks.

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PR Newswire
NAMIC announced the roster for Class XVII of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). ELDP Class XVII is the sixth cadre being presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Va. 

It has been a long time since sponsors pulled their ads for TV incidents like Billy Crystal playing openly gay Jodie Dallas on the sitcom "Soap," two gay men embracing after having sex on the drama "thirtysomething," and the first on-screen kiss between two women on "L.A. Law."
Responses to Dove's racially insensitive clip of a black woman appearing to shed her body for a "cleaner" white version in a now-removed Facebook post promoting the brand's body wash provided a reminder that the ad industry is still very much divided. The full video included three women with differing skin tones, and social media users compared it to more blatantly racist "whitewashing" ads from the 19th century.


PR Newswire
NASA will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the James Webb Auditorium in the agency's headquarters in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a discussion of the contributions of Hispanics to NASA's mission and the importance of Hispanic representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
Thede is about to become TV's only female African-American late-night host, launching "The Rundown" on Viacom's BET this Thursday night. At a time when NFL players are protesting the way people of color are treated and the President of the United States' view of women and minorities is often called into question, her take on popular culture and politics might be of interest to more than BET regulars.

Warrior, Cinemax's upcoming Tong Wars drama series from Fast & Furious' Justin Lin and Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper, has assembled an international cast, led by British actor Andrew Koji, and has tapped Assaf Bernstein (Netflix's Fauda) to direct the pilot. The 10-episode series, inspired by the writings and work of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, is slated to begin production on Oct. 22 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Daily Beast
The idea behind the brilliant and much-recommended BBC America series Queers is deceptively simple: eight face-to-camera monologues featuring eight brilliant actors bringing to life the imagined experiences of eight (mostly male) gay characters.


Sprint is offering a 45-day trial for the service, which is a partnership between Lionsgate and media conglomerate Hemisphere Media Group. Pantaya offers Spanish-language films from Latin America and Hollywood; exclusive and first-run access to all Spanish-language releases from Pantelion Films, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Televisa; and a selection of films that will be available for streaming the same day they premiere in Latin America, a US first.

"It is truly an honor to win this prestigious award with the NAMIC-Denver Chapter," said Garth David, Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis and Denver Chapter Advisor. "This is my fourth Chapter of the Year award and I am extremely proud to share the best practices and leadership skills that I acquired with my fellow chapter leaders across the  Charter footprint."

Charter Communications celebrated NAMIC-Denver and NAMIC-Carolinas' 2017 Chapter Award wins by posting this article on their company internal website.

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