Is Cable Doing Enough to Keep Millennials? Debate teams from Harvard and Columbia argue whether cable can retain the millennial generation.
Joe Flint, a veteran entertainment industry journalist, is the lead Company Town blogger. Over the course of his career, Joe has covered all angles of the business from Washington, D.C. to Hollywood. He joined the Los Angeles Times in April of 2009 and spent seven years covering media for The Wall Street Journal.He also was a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly and Television Editor of Daily Variety.
Becky Henderson is the founder and general manager of Halogen TV.
Diane Mermigas advises and develops new media strategies, business plans and thought leadership for companies as diverse as Yankee Group, Fuse Capital (Velocity Interactive), GE Capital, NBC Universal, Ascent Media, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Public Broadcasting System and Akoo International. She presents at industry conferences, universities and think tanks such as World Economic Forum and the Monaco Media Forum, American University's Center for Social Media and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Ms. Mermigas is working with former NBC Universal Chairman and CEO Bob Wright to co-author a unique book on management leadership and insight based on his experiences at NBCU, General Electric, Cox Communications and private law practice. She is an adjunct professor of new media studies and marketing at DePaul University, Chicago, where she also mentors graduate and undergraduate students. Ms. Mermigas continues to post her trademark column online at Mediapost, Business Insider and Seeking Alpha. She has worked as a writer and editor for The Hollywood Reporter and Crain Communicationsâ€™ Advertising Age and Electronic Media.
Ms. Mermigas leverages her long-time, high-level contacts and deep knowledge of changing media dynamics to provide a clear, concise analysis of economic, business and technology trends including social mobile commerce, apps, viral marketing and value-added content. She focuses on specific implications for companies across the traditional and new media/marketing spectrum. She designs and helps integrate interactive strategies and processes into organizations, using their existing resources, to improve consumer connections, minimize costs and maximize revenues. She creates new business models and Inspires entrepreneurial thinking, drawing on innovative and best practices.
Ms. Mermigas can be reached at 708 352-5849 (o), 708 752-2555 (m) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Stern is Time Warner Cableâ€™s EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, a role he has held since 2008. He is responsible for broad-based strategy planning for the Company, oversees the companyâ€™s high-speed data, phone, wireless, and home security businesses, and identifies and develops new businesses.
Before taking on his current role, he served as EVP of Product Management and SVP of Strategic Planning. Before joining Time Warner Cable in 2004, Stern was VP of Strategic Initiatives at Time Warner Inc. Stern began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he was an Associate Principal and helped lead the Technology and Media practices.
Stern received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and author of the book Connecticut Prisonersâ€™ Rights, and became a member of both the NY and CT bars. He has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in a double concentration of Music and English.
He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of The Cable Center, the non-profit educational arm of the cable industry. He was awarded the Cable industryâ€™s Vanguard Award for Young Leadership in 2010.
System that distributes television signals by means of coaxial or fibre-optic cables. Cable television systems originated in the U.S. in the late 1940s to improve reception in remote and hilly areas, where broadcast signals were weak. In the 1960s they were introduced in large metropolitan areas where reception is sometimes degraded by reflection of signals from tall buildings. Since the mid-1970s there has been a proliferation of cable systems that offer special services and which generally charge a monthly fee. Besides providing high-quality signals, some systems can deliver hundreds of channels. Another feature increasingly offered by cable operators is two-way, interactive communication by which viewers can, for example, participate in public-opinion polls as well as connect to the Internet. Cable operators are also involved in the development of video compression, digital transmission, and high-definition television.