Have to Get This Off My Chest About the Center for Communication

Colleagues Larry Shore, Princess Hee-Haw: Read This Blog

A long time ago I worked out an innovative collaboration with the Center for Communication so that it could schedule seminars, panel discussions and other events on the Hunter campus. Almost all of the activities were held in the rinky-dink Lang Auditorium on the fourth floor of Hunter North. One exception was held in a large lecture room of the Hunter West Building that can seat several hundred –  timed to coordinate with the class of Adversarial Colleague Bob Stanley.

SRO – capacity 500.

My job was to make sure that there was plenty of attendance. D:F/M techie Joe Orifice worked with me to take care of logistics.  And it was a marvel of a collaboration until the two chairs of D:F/M, in the throes of maniacally egotistical self-aggrandizement, screwed up the collaboration set up for the benefit of students. The Center for Communication did great things for students in the Department of Film and Media Studies as well as for students who weren’t majors.

Nevertheless, Colleagues in my department, like Larry Shore and Princes Hee-Haw (of the Hee-Haw Rangers), still post announcements about the Center’s events as if to keep up the ruse that the DEAD relationship hasn’t been killed off and is still alive. More about this later.

D:F/M Colleagues, including some who have retired. A new logo is in the works.

D:F/M Colleagues, including some who have retired. A new logo is in the works.

What still continues, however, and has for several years, are the invitations I get from the Center for its annual ceremony honoring big honchos in media. There, the Center sits me at tables where I can network with Media Brahmin who might come up with internships for students. I pass that information on to Hunter’s Career Center.

I am here today, October 7, for another awards ceremony. It will be my last.

More about that later.

CfC press releases follows.



Ken Lowe, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive are being honored at the Center for Communication’s annual toast/roast luncheon at The Pierre Hotel, on Fifth Ave. at 61st St. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30.

Lowe will receive the Center’s Dr. Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communication for his success in creating and acquiring great television networks at Scripps. He founded and launched HGTV in 1994. Under Lowe’s leadership, Scripps acquired the fledgling Food Network and developed it into a global brand. He presided over the launches of DIY Network and Cooking Channel, and the acquisition of Travel Channel and Great American Country.

Industry insiders enjoy the annual gathering as an opportunity to network informally and kid each other. Major players like Hearst Corp’s David Barrett, CBS’s Leslie Moonves, and Viacom’s Philippe Dauman have schmoozed and exchanged good-natured jabs in past years. Last year, after a hilarious build-up, AMC’s Josh Sapan planted a smooch on David Duchovny, caught in th s y ar’s luncheon video.

This year’s Event Chair is Judith Girard, former president of the Food Network and HGTV. Co- Chairs include Barrett, Matt Blank of Showtime, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Teri Everett of Time, Inc., Steve Hasker, of Nielsen, Debra L. Lee, of BET, Steve Miron, CEO of Advance/Newhouse and Bright House, CBS’s Leslie Moonves, Katherine Oliver of Bloomberg Media, Abbe Raven of A+E, Tom Rogers, TiVo’s helmer, Tom Rutledge of Charter Communications, AMC’s Josh Sapan,
Michael White of DIRECTV, Alan Wurtzel of NBCUniversal, Scott Falzone of Google, 21st Century
Fox’s Julie Henderson and David Zaslav of Discovery.

About the Center for Communication: The Center creates a community that brings together the media industry and the academic and young professional worlds. About 4,500 college students and professors attend the Center’s 40 free forums and seminars each year to meet industry leaders and stay on top of the latest developments and career opportunities in media.

For more information, table levels and individual tickets, please contact: Alaina Bendi, (914) 318-1393, alaina@cencom.org – or visit www.cencom.org.


Gregg Morris, editor of the WORD and this site.

Gregg Morris, editor of the WORD and this site.

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