2017 Luncheon Recap

A look back at the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon

Actress, producer and director (IFC Films’ Freak ShowTrudie Styler, delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon on September 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis. WICT Board Member, Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects, served as the Luncheon’s Honorary Chair and provided introductory remarks. WICT recognizes and thanks the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon Premier Sponsor AMC Networks along with our numerous table sponsors.


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Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects; Trudie Styler, Actress, Producer and Director (IFC Films’ Freak Show); and Maria Brennan, President & CEO, WICT

The Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards, WICT’s highest individual accolades, were presented at the Touchstones Luncheon to the following women for their outstanding contributions to the cable media industry.

Woman of the Year – Programmer, Sarah Barnett
President & General Manager, BBC America

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Arlene Manos, President Emeritus, AMC Networks Advertising Sales & Sarah Barnett

Woman of the Year – Operator, D’Arcy Rudnay
EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast

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David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast;
D’Arcy Rudnay; and Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast

Woman to Watch – Technology, Samira Panah Bakhtiar
Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems

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Samira Panah Bakhtiar & John Dorval, Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems

Woman to Watch – Operator,
Charlene Keys
AVP, Field Operations – Western North Carolina, Charter Communications

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Charlene Keys & Darrel Hegar, Regional Vice President of Operations, Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer,
Tina Thornton
SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management
Operations, ESPN

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Tina Thornton & Doris Burke, Basketball Analyst and Reporter, ESPN