Lisa Vega
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8/6/2008

WICT Announces 2008 Accolades Winners

WICT ANNOUNCES 2008 ACCOLADES WINNERS

-Campbell, Lins, O’Neill, ESPN, Lifetime Networks-

 

Chantilly, VA – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the recipients of the 2008 Accolades, WICT’s most prestigious awards.  The 2008 winners were selected as the best in each of their categories and were up against strong competitors this year.

 

WICT has named Cox Communications Senior Vice President Jill Campbell as the Woman of the Year, Comcast Spotlight Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications Vicki Lins as a Woman to Watch and TLC President & General Manager Eileen O’Neill as a Woman to Watch.  ESPN is the winner of the Tribute Accolade in the Documentary/Biographical category for “Fugees Family” and Lifetime Networks is the winner of the Tribute Accolade in the Drama/Musical/Variety/Comedy category for “Army Wives”.

 

The Forerunner Accolades, presented to the Best Programmer for Women in Cable and the Best Operator for Women in Cable as determined by the WICT PAR Initiative, will be announced during the week of November 16, 2008.

 

The 2008 Accolades will be presented at the 24th Annual WICT Benefit Gala, which will be held on November 20, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC.  The 2008 WICT Benefit Gala is presented by the WICT Leadership Circle: Comcast Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Time Warner Cable, MTV Networks/BET Networks, Charter Communications and Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

 

Woman of the Year:  Jill Campbell, Senior Vice President, Operations, Cox Communications

Jill Campbell is Senior Vice President of Eastern Division Operations for Cox Communications Inc. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of Cox’s Eastern Division cable systems serving approximately 2.5 million customers.

 

Campbell has 26 years of tenure at Cox serving over 2 million customers in dynamic operations like New England, Louisiana and Northern Virginia. Campbell also leads Cox’s award-winning Customer Care function.

 

An impactful leader, Jill is charismatic, smart, influential and extremely dedicated to supporting the growth of women across Cox and the industry. Her natural leadership style is to include all stakeholders in the decision-making process and to make everyone feel a big part of the solution. Her dynamic influence on our business is undeniable. As GM of the Las Vegas system, she jump-started the system's performance, adding more than 70,000 basic subscribers from 1999 to 2001, while signing up 90,000 digital customers and staving off local DBS marketers.

 

Woman to Watch:  Vicki Lins, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Comcast Spotlight

Vicki Lins oversees marketing, including brand strategy, advertising, public relations, promotions, creative services, and internal and external communications for Comcast Spotlight. Additionally, she ensures consistency in the company's marketing efforts by leading a vertical marketing initiative between corporate and the field.

 

Throughout her career, Lins has demonstrated a talent for leadership, made significant contributions to her company and to the industry, and reinforced her commitment to excellence – in herself and others.  She continually demonstrates a commitment to fostering and personifying the WICT Touchstones of Leadership.

 

In addition to meeting the demands of her "day job" overseeing cable's only advertising-specific marketing/communications teams, Lins was asked to lead communications for the cross-MSO industry collaboration known as "Project Canoe." Her contributions were widely recognized when she was tapped to do double duty, serving as the marketing/communications lead for Canoe Ventures, the joint venture launched from this collaboration. Her achievements include driving awareness, creating demand, and building value for advanced advertising products for Comcast, Canoe and the cable industry. Her contributions to the success of this venture will impact Comcast, Time Warner and other MSOs, programmers, and the industry, positioning cable advertising - and cable - for success and a bigger share of revenue despite increasing competition. 

 

Woman to Watch:  Eileen O’Neill, President & General Manager, TLC

Eileen O’Neill was recently named President & General Manager of TLC, Discovery Communications. O’Neill’s recent promotion is a reflection of her success guiding one of the most successful network introductions in Discovery’s history. O’Neill oversaw the strategic development of Planet Green, Discovery Communications’ global, cross-platform initiative including the first-ever 24-hour television network dedicated solely to green lifestyle programming. O’Neill provided leadership and coordination of Planet Green’s investment in new original content and a robust multi-platform offering providing information and resources related to sustainable development, conservation, organic lifestyles and healthy living.

 

The New York Times called Planet Green's debut “the highest profile launch of the year.”  This speaks to O’Neill’s innate fearlessness.  She knew the entire industry was watching her this past year and she was willing to take the challenge head on, build a team and introduce an entirely new genre of content to the marketplace.  With 250 original hours representing about 14 new shows now and several more by the end of the year, this was an incredible undertaking and she did it with immense professionalism, poise, skill and a fantastic sense of humor.

 

Tribute Accolade- Documentary/Biographical- ESPN for “Fugees Family

This is a story about young people from tragic pasts who have found someone who cares, someone ready to instill in them what they need to succeed... a woman they call... Coach Luma.

 

In the summer of 2004 Luma Mufleh drove through the small town of Clarkston, Georgia and her life was forever changed.  What she saw were young boys, of all ages, playing the game of soccer with joy and love... it reminded her of her own childhood growing up in Jordan where the game of soccer was an important part of her life.  

 

She soon learned that these boys were refugees from war torn countries from all over the world who shared a love for soccer.  From that day on Mufleh made it her mission to bring joy to the lives of these boys who had seen such atrocities. Clarkston, a small town of 7500, had become an ideal place for relief agencies which had settled an estimated 3,000 refugees over the past 20 years.  The team decided to call themselves "The Fugees", short for refugees.  

 

Over the past three years Luma Mufleh has changed the lives of dozens of boys in Clarkston by giving them an outlet in life by playing soccer. She is more than just their coach, she has become a surrogate mother who uses discipline and tough love to give them focus and a feeling of pride. 

 

Tribute Accolade- Drama/Music/Variety/Comedy- Lifetime Networks for “Army Wives”

“Army Wives,”  one-hour ensemble drama,  is about the struggles,  dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women -- and one man -- living with their spouses and families on an active army post and the pressures and traditions of the military on those who are left behind.   Their bond is based on one common theme: they all love a soldier who could die at any moment. Yet, they are all isolated by secrets that buck the armed forces system.

 

In its first season, “Army Wives” premiered as Lifetime’s highest-rated series in the network’s 24-year history and averaged 3.6 million viewers per episode. It also had tremendous success online,  which accounted for an impressive 47% of LifetimeTV.com total streams when it premiered in June 2007. The series is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives,  by Tanya Biank.

 

About WICT

For over twenty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide leadership programs and services, and create professional advancement opportunities for women. WICT is the oldest and largest professional association advocating for women in the cable and telecommunications industry, with 20 local chapters serving over 7,000 members across the country. WICT develops women leaders who transform our industry through highly regarded professional events, educational programming and networking opportunities.

 

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